The Gruffalo comes to Astley Hall

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Families are invited to take a stroll through the deep, dark wood into the amazing world of The Gruffalo at Chorley’s Astley Hall this autumn.

The popular children’s character is coming to Chorley on Saturday, September 19, together with the famous illustrator Axel Scheffler to launch Astley Hall’s new exhibition, The Art of Axel Scheffler.

Chorley Council has organised a day of gruffalo-related activities and tickets are now on sale, giving families the opportunity to meet The Gruffalo at intervals, take part in the Walled Garden Gruffalo trail, make a Stick Man, meet some of the real animals that appear in The Gruffalo story, watch The Gruffalo film in the magical setting of the Coach House, join in story telling sessions, and be one of the first to view Axel Scheffler’s illustrations up close as part of the brand new Astley Hall exhibition, which will be on display until Christmas.

Plus, anyone who books a 1.30pm or 2.30pm ticket will also get the opportunity to meet and have their favourite Axel Scheffler illustrated book signed by him.

Tickets are now on sale at a cost of £5 for children and £3 for adults.

Tickets must be booked in advance and are available online at

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