A series of free family events is due to take place over the summer months.

Chorley Council is keen to build on last year’s successful events and is urging people to come and enjoy the festivities, the majority of which are taking place in Astley Park and will be free to enter.

Events taking place include a Picnic in the Park on Sunday, July 6 where there will be a family stage show in the walled garden and activities on the lawns.

Big Drum Day will be held on Sunday August 3, and features drumming and dancing led by Grupo SambAfriq, a community band based in Chorley.

A performance of Macbeth will take place on Saturday, August 16 at an outdoor theatre in the walled garden. Details of tickets will be made available closer to the time.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We had a fantastic turnout for our events last year and people are always telling us they want to see more events taking place, so we wanted to make sure we offered another action-packed summer programme.”

He added that they had picked the best events and were working with other groups to add more entertainment and activities.

He said: “Whether you’ve been before or not, I’d urge people to come along with family and friends and enjoy what’s on offer.”