Check out Chorley this spring 

With later nights and warmer days on the horizon, spring is the perfect time to check out Chorley. There are plenty of things you can do with family and friends, whether it’s a family day out in the park or a relaxed evening in one of Chorley’s finest restaurants, we have you covered.

Cycling and Walking 

Chorley is a great place to cycle and with the Chorley Grand Prix on Sunday 15 April, spring is most definitely the time to get out and about on your bike. If you’re up for a challenge why not take on the Chorley Grand Prix route yourself, which starts and finishes on Park Road in Chorley town centre and takes in 23 miles of scenic countryside.

For those that are aiming to get more steps in their day then there are plenty of walking routes to enjoy in the Chorley area. Embark on a challenge and climb the hill up to Rivington Pike on Good Friday. Or, if you’re not quite ready to jump straight into a hill challenge then enjoy a leisurely ramble or family walk in one of our many parks including the beautiful Astley Park and Yarrow Valley Country Park.

Flower Finding 

Chorley is blooming marvellous in the spring and you can find magnificent trails of colour in and around Chorley’s parks with flowers shooting up throughout the season. From snowdrops in Astley park to cherry blossoms in Coronation Recreation Ground there is plenty to see to please the eye. And if you take a walk in Duxbury Woods or around Rivington in late spring you’ll be treated to beautiful scatterings of Bluebells.  Plus there’s dedicated Sweet Pea Awareness Days taking place in Astley Park’s Walled Garden at the beginning of April and Hoghton Tower is hosting a specialist plant fair on Saturday 7 April for all gardening enthusiasts.  Check out the listings page for more information.

History awakened

Astley Hall closed its doors for January and February for some respite but as of Saturday 3 March its doors open again with a breath of fresh air. Discover the Hall’s unique history as you travel from door to door and find out who once lived in the traditional decorated rooms. On Easter Sunday you can also see demonstrations of historical European weaponry from the excellent Silver School of Arms who will be patrolling the Hall and grounds.

If you want to explore Chorley’s history further then make your way to Hoghton Tower which has plenty of history to learn about and numerous activities to get involved with.

Spring feasting 

Some of you may have given something up for lent but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself in one of Chorley’s restaurants, pubs or cafes.

Chorley has plenty of independent restaurants and microbars which you can enjoy with family and friends for a tasteful meal or spring tipple on a crisp day.

If you’re planning meals for the family or are having the very first BBQ of the year then don’t forget to visit our Covered Markets and Tuesday Markets where you can find a host of traders selling fresh produce from meat to vegetables

Plus, A Taste of Chorley is back for its second year on Saturday 9 June. Throughout the day there will be cooking demonstrations, food tasting, advice on healthy eating and more. There will also be a wide range of excellent food to purchase on the day from local artisan producers.

Easter Fun 

Finally, spring wouldn’t be the same without some ‘eggcellent’ fun and games to celebrate Easter. For some ‘eggciting’ egg hunts, crafts and more to entertain the children this Easter, check out the What’s Happening magazine.