Year of fun is planned for return of carnival

Paul Wilkins, chairman of Chorley Carnival committee, with parade manager Julie Hilton
Paul Wilkins, chairman of Chorley Carnival committee, with parade manager Julie Hilton

Chorley Carnival returned with a bang this summer - and preparations for 2014’s event are already well underway.

Organisers are busy planning the carnival, which will be held at Astley Park from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8.

There will be a host of attractions, including a procession through the streets, live music, Chorley’s Got Talent competition and a celebrity guest.

They are also arranging other events during the year to help pay for the spectacle.

They started in November when thousands of people attended a bonfire and fireworks display at Astley Park.

The fun will continue with an American-style drive-in cinema at Botany Bay, where the sound for the films will play through car radios.

Monsters University will be shown at 6pm on Friday, February 14, followed by Grease at 9pm.

There will be showings of Despicable Me 2 and Mamma Mia the next day.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “Whenever they do drive-in movies around the country, these are the films they show. They are all very popular.

“It’s the first time this has been done in Chorley, though there have been a few done around the country. It was something we wanted to do that’s a little bit different.”

A duck race is being held from noon to 5pm on Easter Sunday, April 20, at Jubilee Recreation Ground in Adlington.

It is being organised with Adlington Carnival and will include Chorley and Adlington races.

Another new event is a food festival, planned for Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 in Chorley town centre.

BBC fusion chef, Aazam Ahmad, will give a cookery demonstration, along with chefs from across Chorley.

Paul said: “The food festival will bring people into the town who don’t normally come, so it’s good for Chorley.”

The carnival committee is also looking for businesses interested in providing sponsorship to help cover costs.

To find out more about the carnival and other events, or to book tickets for the drive-in movies, go to