05 July 2019

Putt-ing the fun into Chorley

Plans to bring an adventure golf course and tenpin bowling alley to Chorley town centre are taking shape as the people behind the business got a look around the Market Walk development.


Ian and Lorraine Kearney, who will run the Escape Entertainment Venue, got a tour of the site with bosses from Chorley Council, which is building the extension to the Market Walk shopping centre.

The new venture has also had plenty of offers of support from local businesses and Ian and Lorraine have been overwhelmed by the positive comments from people.

“It’s been full steam ahead getting all the plans in place and the support from members of the public has been phenomenal,” said Ian.

“It was great to get chance to have a look around inside the building and we can’t wait to show everyone the detail of what we will be hosting in Chorley as it will be up there with the best leisure offers in the region.

“We will be providing entertainment that will let people escape from their day-to-day lives and allow them to have plenty of fun with family and friends.”

The plans, which are subject to a contract being signed, are a significant step in attracting tenants to the £15 million extension, off Union Street, which will see a six-screen cinema and M&S Food hall coming to Chorley.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We knew that this type of offer would be really popular but the response has been fantastic.

“It was great to walk the site with Ian and Lorraine and it is brilliant that we have a local business looking to bring this new offer and I know they are keen to work with other Chorley businesses, which is great for the borough.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the final designs and concepts for the adventure golf and tenpin bowling and we’ll share them with everyone as soon as we can.”

Alongside the shopping centre extension Chorley Council is undergoing multi-million-pound improvements to the wider town centre and has already created more than 100 new parking spaces to accommodate extra visitors.

The shopping centre extension is due to open in time for Christmas trading in 2019.