Applications open for traders at Chorley Flower Show
HORTICULTURAL traders from across the country are being invited to apply for a place at Lancashire’s only true flower show in the heart of the North West.
Chorley Flower Show is back for its second year after a fantastic inaugural event that saw 10,000 visitors enjoy a floral extravaganza, which was nominated as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards.
The event, which is being run by Chorley Council in the beautiful setting of Astley Park, will attract thousands of green-fingered enthusiasts over the weekend 30 and 31 July.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We had great success last year with our new flower show exceeding many people’s expectations, including those of the traders.
“We had some of the exhibitors reporting more trade at our show than at the well-established Southport Flower Show, so it shows we have already built up a track record in the first year of attracting people who want to buy products.
“We are now at the stage of taking applications for the trade stands, which will be located on the lawns in front of the iconic Astley Hall, and people have until the end of February to apply.”
The show will be based in the shadow of the historic Astley Hall, which is set in the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park, just minutes from the M6, M61 and M65 motorways.
More than 250,000 people attended events and attractions in the park last year and the aim is to attract even more with an even bigger calendar of top quality events.
The focal point for the show will be the Hall itself, as well as the Grand Floral Marquee, with the country’s top exhibitors displaying their talents.
“We have already received applications from traders the length and breadth of the country and it’d be great for businesses local to Chorley and Lancashire to have the chance of benefitting from the publicity and sales a show like this can help with,” said Councillor Bradley.
“We had lots of brilliant feedback from our first show last year and we have taken all this on board to make it bigger and better and we hope to attract more than 15,000 people this year.
“All the application details are on our website chorley.gov.uk and the deadline for applications will be Monday 29 February.”
If you are interested in taking part you can get more information and an application form at chorley.gov.uk or by contacting Chorley Council on 01257 515151.