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Exhibit A – Astley Hall

Winner of the Habitat category, Ben Hall, Wren on Frost-Encrusted Fern, www.bwpawards.org

Visitors to Astley Hall enjoyed the Bare Bones exhibition over the summer and now another national display, the British Wildlife Photography Awards, will be taking its place.

From July to September, families were able to enjoy a day out and view the animal skeleton displays that took centre stage in Astley Hall’s Art Gallery.

Visitor figures exceeded last year’s numbers with an increase in visitors of younger children.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council said: “The reception of the Bare Bones exhibition was fantastic; we had numerous comments from visitors who thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Astley Hall.

“We even had people travel from further afield such as Manchester which goes to show how much a renowned exhibition can increase the potential for Chorley and its tourist attractions.

“Displays like this put Chorley on the map and aim to increase visitor numbers over the years to come. The Wildlife Photography Awards is just another thing we are doing to improve the Chorley area. We’re looking forward to welcoming more exhibitions over the years and making Chorley a place to be.”

The Wildlife Photography Awards tours the country and after starting in London, it makes its way to Astley Hall for Saturday 25 November.

The exhibition displays high quality photographs of wildlife taken by a number of entries. In past years local members of our community have been recognised in the exhibition.

There will also be additional activities on for children including crafts which makes the exhibition a perfect day for the family.

The exhibition is open every weekend from Saturday 25 November until Sunday 31 December. Entry is £2.50 for adults and £1 for children, children under 6 get in for free.

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