Plan your visit to Chorley flower show 2018
Plan your visit to Chorley flower show 2018
We are situated just minutes from the M6 (follow the brown signs for Astley Hall and Park), M61 and M65 motorways.
For details of where to park see below.
The 109A service links Chorley and Preston and calls at Chancery Road, in Astley Village, which is the Hallgate entrance to the show. It also picks up and drops off close to the Woodlands car park.
The showground is a 15-20-minute walk from Chorley train station. The showground is also a 20-25-minute walk from Euxton Balshaw Lane station, which is on the Preston-Liverpool line.
• A free park and ride at Botany Bay – this is situated on J8 of the M61 and will be clearly signposted. Buses will run from 9am at intervals of up to every 15 minutes. If you are travelling to the show by car from that side of Chorley or the M61 we would recommend that you park here.
• Westway playing fields – we will be opening up this as a car park that will provide more than 600 spaces. It will be clearly signposted as you get close to Astley Park. The playing fields are roughly a 400m walk from the show – although it may seem further away as you have to access it from Westway it is the closest car park to the show.
• Woodlands – the college on Southport Road will be open for parking and you can access the show by foot at the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to the park.
• Town centre – there are several car parks in the town centre allowing you to access the show by foot from the Park Road entrance to the park. You can also catch the 109/109A bus from the bus station or Union Street bus stop, which will take you to the Hallgate entrance.
Hallgate car park will be closed to the general public with blue badge parking only for the show. If this gets full we will have a drop-off point on Hallgate car park but the car will need to be parked on one of the other car parks. The drop-off point can be used by other people wanting to drop off at the show. Please do not park on residential roads in Astley Village.
• Professional exhibitors’ marquee featuring gold-medal winning entrants from some of the country’s biggest shows
• Meet celebrity gardeners Chris Beardshaw and Carol Klein who will be hosting talks, demonstrations and answering your questions
• Regional competitions for the National Sweet Pea Society and The Rose Society UK
• Chorley’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit ‘The Evaders’ Garden’
• Stunning garden displays
• Horticultural trade stands offering the best quality in garden products
• An amateur marquee incorporating flower and pot plant classes and floral art
• The chance to take a tour of the historic Astley Hall, which will be decked out with floral
• Family entertainment, including art and craft activities
• A chance to relax and enjoy a wide range of food and drink and afternoon tea in the
If you need any assistance with anything please speak to one of the stewards or come to the information point outside the Coach House.
Dogs are allowed in the show area but must be on leads at all time. No dogs will be allowed in the marquees at busy times (except assistance dogs). If you want to exercise your dog you can exit the show area and return if you are wearing your wristband.
The Hall will be open throughout the weekend and is decked in floral displays offering you the chance to see it in a different light. It is one of Chorley’s landmark buildings and is free to enter so make sure you have a look inside. You can also get free entry to our summer exhibition ‘Bare Bones’ in the Art Gallery.
A special floral exhibition will be taking place in the Farmhouse gallery opposite the Coach House. It is the Chorley Lodge Artists’ annual summer exhibition.
We have toilets in the Coach House and Farmhouse and have provided additional facilities throughout the park. A baby change/feeding tent is also located in the children’s section of the show.
Café Ambio will be open as usual selling food and drink in the courtyard adjacent to the Walled Garden. There is also the ‘Astley Tea Room’ outside the Coach House selling refreshments and afternoon tea. A food village and covered seating area is on the opposite side of the lake to Astley Hall.
You will have a wristband upon entry to the event. Should you wish to use any of the park’s other facilities outside the area, such as the children’s play area, then you are welcome to leave and return as you wish, but you must have your wristband to re-enter.
If you have bought the plants and items you want and want to enjoy the rest of your visit without carrying them around, we have a plant crèche by Astley Hall.
We have taken steps to ensure the event is well organised and safe for everyone to enjoy. Please respect other visitors and listen to the instructions of stewards. Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings or marquees and we’d ask you to respect others if you are smoking within the show area.
Assistance dogs are welcomed in all areas.
All catering facilities are fully accessible but are located on grass. All marquees are accessible, and all gardens and floral exhibits can be viewed from ground level with the exception of the first floor of Astley Hall.
Attendants cannot be provided but one companion is admitted free of charge per visitor who requires assistance. Please book a free carer ticket at the time of booking but please note you must be accompanying the person you are caring for.
Limited blue badge parking is available on Hallgate car park at the back of Astley Hall. If this gets full we will have a drop-off point on Hallgate car park but the car will need to be parked on one of the other car parks. The drop-off point can be used by other people wanting to drop off at the show. Please do not park on residential roads in Astley Village.
The free park and ride at Botany Bay has fully-accessible buses, which will transport passengers to Astley Village.
There are no wheelchairs or scooters available to hire at the show.