Historic Astley Hall goes back in time for grand reopening

OPEN: Marion Lowe and Chrisse Cross, from the Friends of Astley Hall, and Tapestry Of Music welcome visitors to Astley Hall. Picture by Martin Birchall Photography.
OPEN: Marion Lowe and Chrisse Cross, from the Friends of Astley Hall, and Tapestry Of Music welcome visitors to Astley Hall. Picture by Martin Birchall Photography.
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  • Astley Hall has been closed to visitors since the beginning of the year
  • Conservation work is still being done, but the majority of the hall will reopen with a special event on April 1
  • The Friends Of Astley Hall will wear period costume and tell stories about the building
  • Visitors can also watch scenes from the hall’s history and listen to music
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The history of Chorley’s Astley Hall will be brought to life with music and stories at a special event to mark it being reopened.

The building, which is at Astley Park, has been closed to visitors since the beginning of the year while specialist surveyors carried out conservation work.

The work is continuing, but the majority of the Chorley Council-owned hall will reopen to visitors on April 1.

A special event, named Astley Alive, is being held to welcome people back to the hall.

The Friends Of Astley Hall will dress in period costume and tell stories about the history of the building and the families that lived there.

They will be joined by Theatre By Numbers, who will act out scenes from the hall’s history, and the Tapestry Of Music, who will play their unique collection of musical instruments, including the harp, lute and hurdy gurdy.

Coun Bev Murray, who has responsibility for Astley Hall and the Astley complex at the council, said: “Astley Alive will be a great event for anyone who would like to learn more about Astley Hall and the people that lived there. It will be great to see the stories brought to life by the Friends Of Astley Hall group dressed in costume and the event is free to attend.

“I would encourage people to bring the whole family and take a look around this fantastic local asset.

“The conservation work is going well and we have made lots of great discoveries about the history of the hall, but it’s fantastic to see the hall will be open to visitors again from Wednesday, April 1.”

Astley Alive will take place from noon to 4pm.

Astley Hall will open from noon to 4.30pm every weekend and Monday to Wednesday during school holidays from April 1.