Manchester Medieval Quarter Festival 2023 – Frequently Asked Questions

Manchester Medieval Quarter Festival will be arriving very soon on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September, so we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions to help you find out the information that you need. If you have other questions, please feel free to let us know at

Frequently Asked Questions 

When and Where does Manchester Medieval Quarter Festival take place? 

The Manchester Medieval Quarter Festival takes place Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 September, with the main hub of the festival being at Cathedral Gardens and Chetham’s School of Music, as well as at various other points around the city. There will be events 10am-3pm (with some extra performances on the Saturday evening.)



What is the Manchester Medieval Quarter? 

This is the name given to the area where you can find some of Manchester’s oldest buildings, dating from the Medieval era. You can find out more about the Medieval Quarter here, and more about what to see and do in the Medieval Quarter here.

Do I need to buy a ticket to come to the festival? 

Not at all – many of the festival events including exhibitions, displays and re-enactments will be free. Some of our events and workshops such as the Mysteries Play film screening and the Sleeping Well workshop will need to be booked in advance, and events such as tours or performances such as Manchester Medieval Quarter Walking Tour do have a cost. You can see the full list of events (and see which ones are ticketed) here. 

Can I book for more than one event?

You certainly can! You can download our full festival schedule here to plan out your day. Tickets can be booked online in advance, or from our box office at The Stoller Hall on the day.

Will there be family-friendly events? 

Most of the events will be family-friendly, but if you are looking for events specifically for children, we have plenty available, including Come and Try Recorder (for ages 7-9 and ages 9-11). The Little Green Dragon is an interactive event for ages 3-5 and Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, a musical show based on the best-selling children’s book for ages 5-7. National Football Museum’s Printing workshops will be a fun children’s activity, and there will also be puppet theatre, free crafts and more. Events that are not suitable for children will have an age recommendation or restriction on the booking page.

Will there be food and drink available? 

If you’re attending any around Chetham’s School of Music, you can find Little Coffee Bee selling a range of hot snacks and sweet treats in the courtyard. For events in The Stoller Hall, the atrium bar will be open for drinks and snacks. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal during the day, head over to the Corn Exchange where you can find a range of bars and restaurants. 

Is Chetham’s Library part of the festival? 

Absolutely! Tours of the library will be taking place throughout the weekend (and can be booked here), and you will be able to visit Chetham’s courtyard to see some of the Medieval architecture, as well as exhibitions in some of our Medieval buildings.

Can I take photographs?

We do very much encourage visitors to take photos of our historic buildings, and of yourselves enjoying the day!

We do ask that you are considerate of other visitors and of our performers, musicians and staff; and if you are attending one of our children’s workshops such as Stoller Story Sounds or Come and Try Recorder, please don’t take pictures of other children. You are welcome also take pictures in Chetham’s Library, but do keep your flash off to help us preserve our historic artefacts.

Our team will also be taking photographs throughout the weekend. If you do not wish to be photographed, please do let a member of our staff know.

Will the events be accessible? 

The Stoller Hall is a fully accessible building, and we can able to provide access for any of the events in our building. You can find out more about our accessibility here.

The entrance to Chetham’s School of Music is cobbled and uneven in places, however we do have matting for wheelchairs and pushchairs to ensure level access into the courtyard area. We regret that Chetham’s Library is accessed via a flight of 18 steps and does not have lift access (you can find more about Library access here.)

For events taking place at other venues in the Medieval Quarter, please do check their individual website for access details.


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