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Astley Hall given provisional reopening date

Posted on - 18th April, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston
Astley Hall, Chorley in the spring sunshine. Picture by Paul Heyes, Tuesday March 22, 2022.

Astley Hall will reopen after being closed for a two-year refurbishment.

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Chorley Council has announced grade 1 listed building has been given a provisional re-opening date of Saturday 21st May, with a weekend of celebratory events.

Details of the celebrations for the opening weekend are yet to be announced, but entertainment expected includes activities and entertainment taking visitors through the hall, with music, dance, costume, exhibitions and more.

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Gary Hall, chief executive of Chorley Council said “We are so excited to be able to reopen the doors of Astley Hall and for everyone to see the work that has been going on there over the last two years, which has included an enormous amount of restoration work to preserve the Hall and changes to enhance the visitor experience.

“It will be a real weekend of celebration – not only showcasing the Hall both inside and out, but there’ll be entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy.

“The work to the Hall over the last couple of years has been fascinating and a journey through history in itself. It was vital that we carried out the work to preserve this outstanding building which is part of Chorley’s history for future generations and to provide a visitor attraction for people in the region to enjoy.”

At a full council meeting in February, it was agreed that a small admission fee would be introduced for entry into the Hall to help it become more sustainable and offset some of the running costs.

Reduced admission will be available for Chorley residents, enabling them to get an annual pass for just £5. One-off adult entry for £2.50.

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Visitors from outside the Borough can expect to pay £15 for an adult annual pass or £5 for a one-off adult visit.

Discounted family passes, children’s tickets and concessions will also be available, with further details to be confirmed in due course.

During its closure, Astley Hall has undergone vital restoration work which has included, most noticeably, the removal of the grey exterior render to reveal stunning 17th century brickwork, refurbishment of the front doors, creation of a new entrance at the side of the building and remapping of the visitor journey.

Further details about the reopening celebrations will be available in the coming weeks at astleypark.co.uk/whatson or on the Facebook page @astleyhallpark



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