Sunday 2 June

Pack up your picnics, gather family and friends and check out Chorley’s Astley Park for an afternoon of free fun, activities and entertainment at the town’s annual Picnic in the Park event.

As part of Check Out Chorley week (Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June), Chorley Council is bringing lots of free family fun to the lawns of Astley Park.

What’s on offer?

• Meet Stick Man who will be making personal appearances in Astley’s Walled Garden at hourly intervals
• See the fantastic children’s entertainer Louby Lou perform her uniquely funny shows throughout the afternoon
• Challenge yourself to scale the dizzying heights of the climbing wall
• Join in the fun games, activities and Explorer challenge on the bowling greens, putting greens and surrounding lawns
• Get your face painted by one of the spectacular artists for a small charge
• Get all crafty with Lancashire Adult Learning at our arts and craft tables
• Join in the fun, games and challenges with Inspire Youth Zone and Active Nation
• Wander around the magnificent Astley Hall, discovering the history of the families that once lived there
• Take a ride on the traditional fairground rides for a small charge
• See the Zak Last exhibition in Astley Coach House Gallery
• Complement your picnics with delicious food and drink from Café Ambio and the courtyard barbecue
• Pick up some scrumptious food and drink from Chorley Markets Bees Country Kitchen and Scrumpy Pig. Finish your food off with a sweet treat from one of the ice cream vans or the candy floss and popcorn stall
• Enjoy an adventure on Astley Park’s play area and for a small charge, jump on the inflatables right next door.

Parking

There is strictly no parking in Astley Village for this event, except for a limited number of spaces for blue badge holders on Hallgate car park. FREE parking for Picnic in the Park is available on all Chorley town centre car parks including:

• Friday Street and Friday Street North (316 spaces)
• Portland Street (101 spaces)
• Queens Road (95 spaces)
• Water Street (71 spaces)
• West Street (110 spaces)
• Hollinshead Street (71 spaces)
• Fleet Street (117 spaces)
• St Mary’s (44 spaces)
• Cleveland Street (44 spaces)

Please see the map for postcodes and directions.

Park and Ride Bus Service
A FREE park and ride return bus service will be running every 10 – 15 minutes from the layby on Shepherds Way (opposite Chorley Railway Station and Friday Street car park) to Chancery Road at the back of Astley Hall. The first bus will depart from the town centre at 10.30am and the last return bus will depart from Chancery Road at 3.30pm. Please see the map for details.
Alternatively, the town centre car parks are only a short walk from the Park Road or Queens Road entrances to Astley Park.

Woodlands Conference Centre Parking
Woodlands Conference Centre car park on Southport Road will be open for free parking. Please use Sat Nav postcode PR7 1QR. The park and ride bus service will stop at this car park every 10 to 15 minutes starting at 10.35am. Alternatively, the event is a five-minute walk through the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to Astley Park, which is opposite Woodlands car park.
There are also some extra event parking spaces on the new Parklands View car park next to the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to Astley Park. Please note the spaces are not lined so please park considerately.

Find your way

By car
Use junction 8 off the M61 or junction 28 off the M6. Chorley town centre is easily accessed from the A6, which passes directly through Chorley.

By bus
Chorley is well-served by bus routes linking the town centre with surrounding villages. The main bus route is the 125/126, which links Chorley to Preston and Bolton. There are also direct bus routes from Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Lake District.

By rail
Chorley is on the main train line between Manchester and Blackpool. If you are travelling on a long distance service you will need to change at Manchester or Preston.