Saturday 28 March 2020

What's it all about?

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is organised by a group of dedicated volunteers and Chorley Council.

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is based on a similar concept to Chorley Live and gives authors, writers and story tellers the chance to showcase their craft in a range of venues in Chorley town centre. Meet the authors and get a chance to develop your writing skills, listen to poetry or watch dramatic presentations. Plus, you can pick up a leaflet and follow the book bench trail around Chorley town centre. Look out for the fabulous book benches which have been hand painted by schools across the Chorley borough.

What's happening and where?

Between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 28 March, the following venues will be hosting presentations.

  • Union Street Civic Offices
  • Chorley Library
  • Ebb and Flo Bookshop
  • Chorley Theatre
  • St Laurence’s Church

What's the book bench trail?

Our popular Book Bench trail will be back, bigger and better for 2020, showcasing vibrant artwork created by local school children, staff and volunteers at Adlington Library and students from Edge Hill University.

These brightly coloured benches are designed and decorated by eleven schools in Chorley, working in partnership with Edge Hill University, each with a design based on a popular children’s book, encouraging children to explore the story while decorating their bench. This year Adlington Library and Edge Hill University have also created benches for the trail.

These will be scattered around the town centre for people to find. Simply collect a trail leaflet and off you go. On the back of the leaflet will be the Book Bench Quiz. Find the Book Bench on the map to help you to answer the question. Each Book Bench will have a QR code on it, just scan the code with your smartphone to display all the information you need about the book. 

On Saturday 28 March, there will also be the opportunity for you to get involved and help decorate a book bench in Chorley town centre so you too can be part of this fantastic community initiative.

After the event, children will get to enjoy their book bench within their school, to inspire reading for years to come.

The primary schools taking part include:

  • Adlington Primary
  • Balshaw Lane Community Primary
  • Charnock Richard CE Primary
  • Coppull Parish CE Primary 
  • Mawdesley St Peter’s CE Primary
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary
  • St Chad’s Catholic Primary
  • St George’s CE Primary
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Primary
  • St James’ CE Primary
  • St Peter’s CE Primary

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.

What's the latest?

For further information and all the latest updates on ‘What’s Your Story, Chorley?’, please visit the Facebook event page where you can also share your pictures from the day.