Park will be blooming at Chorley Flower Show

Getting ready for the flower show are Coun Alistair Bradley, Michelle Scott from sponsor Botany Bay, and David Broan, from Chorley and District Gardening Society
Getting ready for the flower show are Coun Alistair Bradley, Michelle Scott from sponsor Botany Bay, and David Broan, from Chorley and District Gardening Society

Preparations are underway for the first Chorley Flower Show.

Astley Park will be blooming with colourful displays from some of the most talented exhibitors in the country next Saturday and Sunday.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the Chorley Council-run show for two days of gardening and horticultural entertainment.

As part of the show, Chorley’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit The Evaders’ Garden will be unveiled, after being rebuilt at the park.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “We’re really excited by the flower show and we can’t wait to see all the exhibits as the set up starts to take place.

“Astley Park is a glorious setting and it promises to be a great day out for people of all ages and it will be the perfect place to come and get some inspiration and ideas for your garden at home.

“We’re really excited by the flower show and we can’t wait to see all the exhibits as the set up starts to take place.”

Coun Alistair Bradley

“We’ve had fantastic turnouts at our summer events and I’d urge everyone to come and support the flower show so we can turn it into an annual event that will help to put Chorley on the map.”

The show will include a professional exhibitors’ marquee featuring gold-medal winning entrants from some of the country’s biggest shows, celebrity gardeners who will be answering questions, horticultural trade stands, and an amateur marquee incorporating flower and pot plant classes and floral art.

Visitors can go on a tour of the historic Astley Hall, which will be decked out with floral decorations, have a picnic on the lawns and enjoy entertainment at a Victorian fairground and children’s stage.

There will be a free park-and-ride service from Botany Bay, which is sponsoring the show.

Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 children and £10 for a family ticket.

They are on sale online at chorley.gov.uk or available by calling the council on 01257 515151.

The area around the lodge and Astley Hall will be closed from Friday, July 31 to Monday, August 3 but access will be maintained from Hallgate to the town centre.