Thousands of people came to Chorley this weekend (1 and 2 June) to celebrate 100 years of Astley Hall across two incredible events.

Saturday saw Chorley Town Centre bustling with people enjoying food and drink from local traders, demonstration kitchens and entertainment as part of the Chorley Food and Drink Festival, while Sunday saw an amazing parade through Astley Park celebrating the history of Astley and the much-loved Picnic in the Park.

Caroline Wolfenden, Director of Change and Delivery at Chorley Council said, "It is brilliant that so many people joined us across the weekend to celebrate Astley Hall's 100th Anniversary.

"It was a real love letter to Chorley, our people, businesses and history, and I was really pleased that the event even attracted people from outside of the area from nearby towns."

Chorley Town Centre on Saturday was vibrant with partygoers and families alike enjoying great food and drink in outside seating areas and the 1498 entertainment area of the covered market.

Traders who joined us at the Food and Drink Festival were thrilled with the event - with many selling out of their products.

Local bakery, Short but Sweet said, "Wow! What a fantastic day at Chorley Food & Drink Festival! The most I've ever baked for a market to date, and all gone. Thank you so much to everyone who came down!"

Over 100 people took part in the 100 years of Astley Parade led by the fabulous Back Chat Brass Band and the park was jam packed with families enjoying the heritage style roaming entertainment and performances on the main stage including acts such as Steve Royal, a former Britain's Got Talent finalist.

Taking to social media to praise the brilliant event some visitors said.

"Had an amazing afternoon at the picnic in the park, blessed with good weather, the atmosphere was amazing, and the entertainment was on top form!"

"What a great weekend Chorley Council has put on with the Taste of Chorley on Saturday and 100 years celebration of Astley Park on Sunday.

"Well done to everyone who contributed to make this weekend such a wonderful one. I so love our wonderful town and community."

A Weekend to Remember was a special jam-packed event to mark 100 Years of Astley Hall, with the Hall being handed over to Chorley Council to open to the public as a museum and war memorial on 31 May 1924.

A special exhibition, Memories of Astley is currently in place at the Hall. More information and how to get tickets can be found at

Published: 3rd June 2024

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