About Town

Niche independent traders, high street names, a bustling market, pleasant pubs, real foodie restaurants and a thriving theatre all bring real life and character to a thriving town centre in the heart of Chorley.

Shopping

Love shopping? You’ll love Chorley! With its niche independent traders, high street names and bustling market, it’s a combination that brings real life and character to a thriving town centre.

If you want to sample a traditional market, Tuesdays are best as you’ll find the Covered Market and a street market in full swing. Away from the traditional attractions of the markets, shoppers will find a refreshing mix of smaller, unique independent traders and major high street names.

The shopping centre, Market Walk, provides a focal point for visitors. You can catch a bus or train to the town centre or park in one of the many cheap car parks.

If you aren’t planning a shopping trip, the town centre offers a glimpse of Chorley’s past. Glance up above the shopfronts and you will see fantastic architecture reminding you of times gone by.

Chorley Markets

Everything in my hand just 50p,” cries the trader. Standing and serving the people of Chorley for more than 500 years the famous markets are a treat and must see for every visitor.

Every Tuesday, stalls line the streets of Chorley town centre and together with the Covered Market, over 100 stalls sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to cosmetics and clothes. If you visit on a Tuesday, you will see stalls lining the streets of Fazakerley Street, Chapel Street, New Market Street, Cleveland Street and the bottom half of High Street.  Traditionally, the Tuesday market was held on the Flat Iron (sometimes known locally as the ‘Cattle Market’), however, in July 2017, the market moved to the streets to make way for the extension to Market Walk shopping centre.

If you don’t visit on a Tuesday, the Covered Market also stands on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and there’s a special mixed-market on Mondays offering flea market bargains alongside regular stall holders.

Plus look out for the special food and craft markets on Fazakerley Street, which take place on the second Saturday of every month.

Chorley Markets also welcomes coach trips and group travel, with dedicated coach parking facilities and packages available. Group Travel providers should contact Chorley Council for further information.

Town Centre Improvements

In September 2016, Chorley Council agreed a £17m package of investment in Chorley town centre that will see a huge amount of work taking place to attract more visitors.

The highlights of the scheme include an extension to Market Walk shopping centre, which will bring a six-screen cinema, high street retailers and restaurants to the town and a programme to improve the appearance of the rest of the town centre streets making it more pedestrian-friendly and a great place to enjoy your leisure time.

​This work coincides with two other major projects – to create a new youth zone for Chorley and to build the Primrose Gardens retirement village on Fleet Street.

It is expected that the improvements and redevelopment of Chorley town centre will be completed in late 2018 with businesses continuing to operate as normal throughout the work. You can view the most up to date information on the Council website.

Night Time Buzz

Delightful by day and beautiful by night, Chorley has plenty to offer to keep you busy from dawn till dusk.

Pleasant pubs and real foodie restaurants all within a short walk of each other offer plenty to keep you refreshed.

Whether you fancy Italian, Chinese, or prefer the tastes of India, a wide selection of choices are available with everything from traditional fish and chips to the most exotic of dishes.

Once you have been well fed you can spend a night enjoying the ambience of the pubs selling real ale.

For those who like live performances Chorley has its very own theatre. Chorley Little Theatre is a little gem hidden away among the back streets. It hosts a wide range of performances from comedy to tragic drama and everything in between.

If you feel like partying the night away then the town has its own nightclub Applejax in the centre of town.

If you’d rather head outdoors then Chorley has some fantastic sunsets out to the coast. Why not head up towards Winter Hill the lit television mast, which dominates the sky and take an evening stroll to the sunset.