Winter Blog

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas and this winter there are plenty of things for you to do, whether you want to embrace the cold or hide from it. So, what exactly can you do this frosty season?

Winter Wildlife

Astley Hall is open every weekend up until New Year’s Eve when it closes at 4.30pm and you can check out its Christmas displays in each room, plus, the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition steals the show in the hall’s Art Gallery with its wowing wildlife photographs entered by contestants across the UK. The hall is free to enter but entry into the exhibition in the Art Gallery is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children and free for those under the age of 6.

Happy New Year

The New Year is time for celebration and as most of you will be making New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to start the year with a bang.
Swap cheer for fear and join in with Murder Mystery night at Hoghton Tower and enjoy a meal before finding out who murdered the victim. Grab your tickets for this event at

New for 2018 is the Buckshaw’s monthly indoor market which will be making an appearance at Buckshaw Community Centre on the last Sunday of each month from 1.30pm-5.30pm. With a variety of stalls there is plenty for you to choose from.

Creeping into February and we have the Winter Playday – a free family day out on Wednesday 14 February in the Lancastrian in Chorley town hall which includes activities and many stalls to enjoy.

Eat your way into 2018

You might be in a food coma after Christmas but there are still plenty of places in Chorley serving food which means you get to take a break from cooking for the entire family. There are plenty of unique places to eat in Chorley’s Covered Market including Bee’s Country Kitchen which serves a variety of delicious dishes daily.

If it’s too cold to dine outside then you can pop into one of Chorley’s independent restaurants – there’s plenty to choose from and the new tapas restaurant, Tapas Esteban, has been a big hit with customers so far!

If you want a drink to celebrate the New Year then why not try a few of Chorley’s micro pubs and cocktail bars? Each one is different from the next and you can find a selection of drinks ranging from real ale to spirits to cocktails. To find out more please visit

New year, new spending

If you can’t resist shopping in the sales after Christmas then why not make your way to one of our unique retailers? Chorley’s Covered Markets will be open and ready for business in the New Year so if you want to support your local community and find fresh ingredients and unique clothing and accessories then make your way to Chorley town centre.

If you fancy venturing out of Chorley town centre then why not pay Heskin Farmers Market a visit which has a host of independent traders selling unique goods. Opening times are as follows; Mondays – closed, Tuesday – Saturday – 10am-5pm, Sunday – 10.30am -4.30pm.

Botany Bay has some amazing sales starting on Boxing Day with up to 50% off. With everything you could imagine, including home ware, clothing, accessories, gifts and food, you can find a great bargain. Open 9am-5.30pm 7 days a week.

Frosty winter walks

If you have eaten your weight in turkey and treats over the Christmas period and fancy going on a walk to burn the added calories then there are plenty of places where you can do just that. Have a gentle saunter through Astley Park and enjoy what it has to offer including a picturesque view of Astley Hall, the ducks and swans swimming on the pond, the little animals in pets’ corner or the two play areas for the kids to enjoy.

Especially for you in the New Year is the Astley Park Family Explorer where you get to choose from two routes that each take approximately 60 minutes to walk and to find the hidden markers. The routes are as follows:

1- Challenging route of 15 markers from Astley Hall through the woodland trails, which will take you up, down and a little off the trodden path to finish at the Pavilion. Find the letters and make as many Christmas words as you can. We can make 32!
2- Gentle walk along paths from the Pavilion to the Astley Hall (suitable for wheel chair users and anyone with reduced mobility). There are 10 markers to find and a pretty tough question to answer on each one.

Each group will receive a certificate of completion once they reach the end of their walk. So, if you fancy exploring the beauty of Astley Park then why not come along on Friday 5 January for an adventurous start to the New Year.

If you’re thinking of tackling a bigger hike than what Astley Park has to offer then you can always make your way to Rivington and choose from the selection of routes and decide whether you’re brave enough to face the steep hill or numerous steps to reach the infamous pike. Once you reach the top, look out for Chorley and its neighbouring towns.

There are also other parks to enjoy in the Chorley area including Yarrow Valley Country Park.