Chorley is a popular Lancashire market town steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside with strong connections to the story of Mayflower military advisor Myles Standish.
You may have heard of Chorley because of the famous markets, splendidly tasting Chorley Cakes or even the satirically portrayed Chorley FM.
But when you visit Chorley you’ll realise there’s so much to discover. With a bustling town centre, historic halls, pleasant parks, carefree cycling, wonderful walks and adventurous activities, there are lots of things to do in Chorley.
We are ideally located in the North West of England just a short journey to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool and a short hop up the motorway to the beautiful Lake District. We are the perfect place to explore the North West and learn about the story of Myles Standish who played a vital role in settling the Mayflower Pilgrims in America.
You can find more about Chorley’s heritage and what’s on by visiting checkoutchorley.com
Chorley’s Mayflower programme
The Chorley events programme mixes new work commissioned specifically for the commemoration with the town’s existing events, which will carry a Mayflower theme in 2020. Highlights include:
- A series of performances exploring the life of Myles Standish running through the summer
The creation of dedicated Mayflower trails, with accompanying guided tours
A new exhibition at Astley Park’s Coach House gallery; use this as an opportunity to explore the amazing Astley Hall museum
Chorley Live, a weekend of music and entertainment set across 35 venues with 280 live acts attracting over 12,000 people. There are a wider range of performances to suit all the family, many with a Mayflower twist
The award winning Chorley Flower Show, which will include Mayflower elements in 2020
Musical commissions, including a new organ recital composition on the theme of the Mayflower by Clive Jenkins
Further events are in development
You can watch a video explaining Chorley's connections to Myles Standish below
Myles Standish 2020 from Freshfield on Vimeo.