What is Chorley’s Big Weekend?

We wanted to host a weekend of live entertainment to support the nighttime economy as we recover from the pandemic. To do this in a way that is accessible to those who are keen to return to life as it was and those who are more cautious we will be offering a mix of indoor and outdoor venues. There will be a mix of musical entertainment from choirs and rock bands through to solo artists and performers.

There will plenty to cater for all ages and tastes with similarly to what we have done with Chorley Live in previous years – we’ll post the schedules of who is playing where on here.

View the event schedule here

When is it?

It will be hosted on Friday 1 October from 6pm-11pm and on Saturday 2 October throughout the daytime and into the evening finishing at 11pm. It will be FREE entry to all venues.

Which venues are taking part?

View event schedule here

We are compiling a list of venues that will be taking part – if you’d be interested in being a venue for the event email events@chorley.gov.uk to register your interest.

The outdoor venues:

  • Market Street
  • Fazakerley Street
  • Cleveland Street car park
  • The Covered Market (one venue at each side)
  • Market Walk (outside Escape Entertainment)
  • Market Walk (outside Calico Lounge)

The indoor locations:

  • Artisan Ale House 
  • Chorley Theatre
  • Duke of York
  • Flat Iron
  • Lamplighter
  • Latch 
  • Lock and Quay
  • Lost
  • Massa’s
  • Nellie Pots
  • No 61 pizza
  • Panache Lounge
  • Pearsons
  • Prince of Wales
  • Rose and Crown
  • Shepherd’s Hall Ale House
  • St Mary’s Parish Social Club
  • Railway Inn
  • The Shed
  • The Vaults
  • White Bull

Can I take part as a performer?

Yes, we are looking for a wide variety of acts and performers to take part. We’ve now filled most slots but if you’d be interested in finding out more please email events@chorley.gov.uk.

Latest updates

We are putting this event together in a short space of time and we will have lots more detail to release on what’s happening and when that weekend. Keep checking back here throughout September and look out for more information in the media and on social media.

If you have any questions email events@chorley.gov.uk.


There’s lots of FREE and cheap car parking on the day of the event on all Chorley town centre car parks. On Saturday, you can park for free on long stay car parks from 10am but you will need to get a time of arrival ticket. All car parks are free to park on after 1pm on Saturday. On Sunday, all car parks are free all day but please remember The Flat Iron car park has a two-hour maximum stay limit on both days and you will need to get a time of arrival ticket.

Please see the map of Chorley town centre car parks below and click here for further information

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.