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A Weekend to Remember

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June - A jam-packed weekend of free* events for all the family in Chorley this summer

On 1 and 2 June Chorley Council is combining two much-loved Chorley Town Centre events and hosting an extra special celebration of Astley Hall in one epic weekend. 

'A Weekend to Remember' will allow visitors to go back through time and celebrate life in Chorley through the decades and to celebrate the much-loved Astley Hall on its 100th anniversary!  

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Saturday 1 June 

Chorley Food and Drink Festival (formerly A Taste of Chorley)  

Location: Chorley Town Centre 

Time: 11am - 4pm 

Your favourite food festival with a twist, visitors can enjoy local and independent food traders and see heritage-style entertainment! 

Discover the vibrant Chorley food & drink festival, where the town centre comes alive with an abundance of local food and drink traders. Indulge in culinary delights and refreshing beverages, whilst exploring new flavours. Relax in our seating area whilst savouring your tastings and be entertained by morris dancers and more all day long. 

Take a seat at our Demonstration Kitchen to see Bees Country Kitchen preparing their famous hotpot, as featured on the Food Network and Time for Mezze, where they showcase their Mediterranean cuisine.

Be in with the chance of getting a free traditional Chorley Cake if you're one of the first 100 visitors at the Bees Country Kitchen stall!

(Timings for demo kitchen coming soon)

See Liver Cottage Mobile Kitchen, comedy chefs move through the crowds as they create 'fusion food on the move', blending home grown ingredients with food foraged from the corner shop, the streets and of course the audience. Their signature dish 'Pan Fried Pizza Crusts with Medallions of Air Dried Chewing Gum' has been hailed by the critics as groundbreaking, audacious and chewy. Blurring the boundaries between 'traditional' and 'contemporary', 'urban' and 'rural', 'fresh' and 'best before June 1972', the Liver Cottage chefs stick to their motto... "Don't leave anyone wanting more!"

Liver Cottage

Sunday 2 June 

100 years of Astley Hall  

Celebrate life at Astley through the decades with a community parade and activities for all to enjoy at Astley Hall and Park. 

Location: Astley Park  

Time: 11am - 4pm 

Celebrate with us at Astley Hall Museum and Park for the special day commemorating 100 years of the Hall being gifted to the people of Chorley. Witness the historic parade guided by the town crier, starting at the war memorial and concluding at the hall, unlocking the doors for the centenary celebration. This will signify the beginning of Picnic In The Park 2024!

Find the parade map below

Parade map W2R

Picnic in the Park 

Grab a picnic blanket and enjoy fun, live music, and entertainment in Astley Park - fancy dress welcome - just pick your favourite era! 

Location: Astley Park 

Time: 11am - 4pm 

Dress code: Fancy dress through the decades! 

*event entry is free. Food and drink and some entertainment will be for purchase 

Grab your blankets, deck chairs, and a picnic as you join us at Astley Park for Picnic In The Park. Let us take you through the decades as we entertain you throughout the day.

We want to see your best fancy dress as you showcase your favourite era throughout the decades!

First on the stage will be an amazing ABBA tribute act to get you all feeling the fun, followed by Britain's Got Talent 2020 finalist, Steve Royle.

ABBA Tribute from Joogleberry on Vimeo.

Getting there

A temporary one-way traffic system on Chancery Road will be in place on Sunday 2 June.

From 6am to 6pm on Sunday 2 June, traffic will flow northbound only, from the B5252 junction on West Way to Euxton Lane. This will allow for additional parking on Chancery Road itself, hopefully freeing up space on residential streets.

Traffic signs and cones will be strategically placed to guide drivers through the one-way system. We will also be returning Chancery Road to two-way traffic as soon as possible on Sunday.

For those travelling on the B5252, diversionary routes will be clearly marked to help drivers and cyclists find their way around the one-way system and access Astley Village.