Astley Hall 100 Year Anniversary

Celebrate 100 years of Astley Hall Museum

We have a very exciting year of celebration in store at Astley Hall, as we mark our 100 year anniversary of being open as a museum!
Astley Hall first opened its doors to the public in 1924, two years after Reginald Arthur Tatton gave it to the people of Chorley. A special ‘Astley Memories’ project has been launched to collect important local stories and experiences about the Hall, and we would love you to get involved and become a part of history!
Whether you had a wedding at the Hall, went on a school trip, volunteered, or have visited for years, we want to hear from you. The conversations collected as part of this project will be added to the Astley archive so they can be used to tell the story of the Hall for years to come.
Stories will be collected in different ways, primarily through recorded interviews but you can also get involved by sharing photographs, written accounts, or artwork. These memories will then be used to tell the story of the past 100 years of Astley via installations throughout the Hall, and will be part of a special Coach House Gallery exhibition in the Autumn.
To take part you can email, head into the Astley Museum Shop or the Coach House Gallery to request an expression of Interest form and get more information about the project.
We’re making appointments now for people to come and be recorded telling their stories so please do get in touch!
A variety of special anniversary events will also take place at the Hall throughout 2024, so watch this space for more information coming soon!

A Weekend To Remember – Astley 100

A chance to come together to celebrate the 100th birthday of Astley Hall Museum

On 1 and 2 June Chorley Council is combining two much-loved Chorley Town Centre events and hosting an extra special celebration of Astley Hall in one epic weekend.

‘A Weekend to Remember’ will allow visitors to go back through time and celebrate life in Chorley through the decades and to celebrate the much-loved Astley Hall on its 100th anniversary!

Saturday 1 June

Chorley Food and Drink Festival (formerly A Taste of Chorley)

Location: Chorley Town Centre

Time: 11am – 4pm

Your favourite food festival with a twist, visitors can enjoy local and independent food traders and see heritage-style entertainment!


Sunday 2 June

100 years of Astley Hall

Celebrate life at Astley through the decades with a community parade and activities for all to enjoy at Astley Hall and Park.

Location: Astley Park

Time: 11am – 4pm


Picnic in the Park

Grab a picnic blanket and enjoy fun, live music, and entertainment in Astley Park – fancy dress welcome – just pick your favourite era!

Location: Astley Park

Time: 11am – 4pm

Dress code: Fancy dress through the decades!

*event entry is free. Food and drink and some entertainment will be for purchase