Light spectacular at Astley Hall a huge hit

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Nearly 4,000 people flocked to Chorley’s historic Astley Hall this weekend as it was transformed into a magical winter wonderland with a light spectacular.

As the winter night sky drew in, the jewel in Chorley’s crown was illuminated with magnificent coloured LED spotlights and a special snowflake projection on to its front façade.

Astley Hall

Astley Hall

This special weekend was organised by Chorley Council and the Friends of Astley Hall as part of Chorley’s Christmas attractions and follows on from the huge success of the Museums at Night weekend held earlier this year.

Coun Bev Murray, who looks after Astley Hall for Chorley Council, said: “We would like to thank everyone who visited Astley Hall this weekend and made it a great success. We thought it may be a popular attraction but nearly 4,000 people through the doors is phenomenal.

“Both evenings were magical and it was great to see many families enjoying themselves.

“The Nutcracker at Astley Hall proved extremely popular with people queuing at one point to take photographs with him.

“We’ve also seen some great photographs online and it goes to show what a magnificent visitor attraction Astley Hall is.

“We’re very lucky to have such an amazing piece of history in Chorley and it’s events like Astley Illuminated that introduce it to a new audience.

“The Walled Garden and trees that were lit in Astley Park also looked amazing and it was nice to see so many people enjoying some delicious refreshments in Café Ambio.”

Chorley has seen a great start to its Christmas activities with around 6,000 people attending the Christmas Lights Switch On.

For more information on all of the Christmas attractions and activities taking place across the Chorley borough this year, visit or pick up a copy of the What’s Happening magazine.