As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.
This month we take a closer at look at life in the community-orientated Lancashire town of Chorley!
Property market at a glance
Properties in Chorley overall go for an average of £189,000 at the moment. Detached properties can be found in the region of £280,000, whereas semi-detached properties and terraced properties can fetch around £160,000 and £120,000, respectively.
Nearby suburbs and villages such as Buckshaw Village offer properties for around the £190,000 mark. The average overall house prices in Whittle-Le-Woods is around £270,000 and for Euxton they’re around £222,000.
Overall average house prices have been steadily growing over the last three years in Chorley. They grew by 4% since 2016 and 3% since 2018 alone.
Credit: Encore Chorley
Food and drink
For British favourites with a modern twist, Encore Chorley could be the place for you. Expect dishes such as chorizo and herb crusted cod, pressed cider pork belly and an incredible selection of British cheese! If you fancy something a little more continental then The Bay Horse Mediterranean serves up delicious authentic Turkish, Greek and Italian food. There are also plenty of gastropubs in and around Chorley such as The Hinds Head, serving classics such as prawn cocktail, fishcakes and rump steak.
Chorley certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to cafes. The Village Tearoom, for example, is one of the most popular cafes in the area, followed closely by Alice in Wonderland themed eatery The Curious Cafe. If you’re on a health kick, then you could head down to Lean & Green – a fantastic place for breakfasts, smoothies, salad and buddha bowls.
There is also a nice little cluster of bars in the centre of Chorley ranging from quiet olde worlde inns to lively, colourful nightclubs. Surrounding areas such as Buckshaw Village feature hidden gems such as Filling Factory No. 1 – bottling plant by day, bustling bar by night! Shepherd Hall Ale House is a charming venue offering an impressive variety of craft ales and beers. They also hold an amazing quiz night every now and then – with free entry and free food!
Despite being a small town, Chorley has over 30 primary schools, 11 secondary schools and three schools offering higher education to 16 to 18 year olds. Over 80% of the primary schools and almost two-thirds of the secondary schools received a Good or Outstanding from Ofsted.
There are also plenty of apprenticeships and trainee programmes for all sorts of career paths. It’s possible to find placements for everything from construction to accounting. Preston, Wigan and Bolton are all around 30 minutes drive away – the perfect commuting distance for an apprentice.
Credit: Astley Park
Culture and attractions
Astley Hall is one of Chorley’s most beautiful attractions. The Grade I listed house is situated on several acres of luscious parkland. It’s a fantastic place for all the family – there’s a coach house, a walled garden, sports pitches and playgrounds. There is also a Pet’s Corner where you’ll find all sorts of creatures such as African tortoises, reptiles, giant snails, chipmunks and rabbits.
Footballs fans could go to Victoria Park ground to watch a Chorley FC or Chorley FC Women match, while outdoorsy types may enjoy a ramble in Yarrow Valley Country Park. Chorley Little Theatre is a great place to enjoy comedy, the latest films and plenty of family-friendly entertainment.
Chorley Market is one of the most varied of its kind in the North West – traders offer everything from local produce to the latest fashions. On Mondays there is a mixed market with collectibles up for sale, as well as regular stallholders. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday play host to the new goods stalls and food cabins. Not to mention, there’s a big Christmas market every year with a full programme of entertainment.
Chorley isn’t far from both the M6 and the M61, leading to places such as the Lake District to the north and Manchester to the south. The town isn’t far from bigger towns and cities such as Blackpool and Blackburn. The public transport services also cover a wide area, with trains even going direct to Manchester Airport in under an hour.
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