Check out Chorley this spring 


With lighter nights and warmer days on the horizon, check out Chorley this spring with plenty of great days out on offer with family and friends.  Whether it’s a family day out in the park or a relaxed evening walking, we have you covered.

Fresh spring air

There are plenty of walking routes to enjoy in the Chorley area and some good pubs along the way, if you fancy a bite to eat. For a leisurely ramble or family walk, try one of our many parks, including the beautiful Astley Park and Yarrow Valley Country Park with an adventure play area and over 700 acres to explore, there is plenty of space to stretch your legs and while away a few hours walking along the tranquil woodland pathways.

For those looking for more of a challenge, explore Rivington and hike up to the pike at your leisure or join the crowds on Good Friday.  While exploring Rivington, check out the progress of Rivington Terraced Gardens where volunteers are working hard to restore the gardens back to how they once were more than 60 years ago. Rivington Terraced Gardens is a magical place of hidden paths, caves, structures and lakes covering an area of roughly 45 acres of hillside and offers something for everyone. There’s also lots of events taking place throughout the year, so be sure to like Rivington Terraced Gardens on Facebook.

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 the annual dedicated Sweet Pea Awareness Days taking place in Astley Park’s Walled Garden on the 26, 27 and 28 April.

History awakened

Astley Hall closed its doors for January, February and March for some respite but as of Saturday 6 April 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 Sunday 14 April, you can join the Astley Walled Gardeners for an early Easter egg hunt, giant bubbles and other family fun in Astley Hall’s Walled Garden.

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 third year on Saturday 8 and Sunday 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.