Winter fun comes to park with reindeer and giant snow globe

Abbie Packham with a reindeer at last year's event
Abbie Packham with a reindeer at last year's event
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Chorley’s Astley Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for a charity fund-raising event.

Derian House children’s hospice is holding its popular Winter Sparkle Spectacular on Sunday, November 1, with thousands of people expected to attend.

The sixth annual event will see a host of attractions at the Coach House, Walled Garden and courtyard from 10am to 4pm.

There will be stalls selling gifts and seasonal products in an Austrian-style market, a Dickensian Father Christmas at Astley Hall, an outdoor ice rink and a marquee where Derian House Christmas cards and gifts will be sold.

Visitors can meet reindeer, take a carriage ride through the park and tuck into mulled wine and mince pies.

For the first time, there will be a giant snow globe, which people can get inside to be part of a snow scene and have their photograph taken.

Other attractions include an old-fashioned carousel and vintage bus rides on a fair, a traditional Punch and Judy booth, music by Chorley Silver Band and entertainment by Leyland Morris Men.

Susie Poppitt, head of fund-raising at the Astley Village-based charity, said: “We wanted to make this an event that was free of charge and open to the people of Chorley and surrounding areas who support us so warmly throughout the year.

“Last year, more than 5,000 people visited the attractions throughout the day, and the feedback from those who came has been absolutely fantastic. We hope to build on what was a great event, and make this year even better.”