Annual event organised by the village hall:

The annual brass band concert takes place on the first Saturday in December.

Various local bands have been invited to perform over the years and they play a varied repertoire of tunes.

The event starts at 7.30pm and refreshments are served, so look out for promotional posters at key locations throughout the village.




Annual event organised by the village hall:

Each year, usually on the first Wednesday in December, the village hall hosts a celebratory Christmas party for the village's older residents, with food, drink, games and lots of fun in the festively decorated hall. 

A traditional Christmas dinner with crackers and mince pies is the main focus of the event, but the meal is followed by a free raffle in which all residents receive a prize donated by other generous residents.  With top entertainment from local artistes and schoolchildren we know that each year's event is eagerly anticipated!

The event is publicised around the village in advance, so keep your eyes open - or ask a Parish Councillor or Village Hall Trustee for details.   Residents are invited to put their name down on list that are displayed in the post office and in local shops.  Immobile residents can request transport. 



The Whittle-le-Woods Tidy Up Day has been running for quite some years now, generally in early Summer, and now with the assistance of Chorley Borough Council who don't just provide skips, they also provide staff to assist residents with the clear up process.

Parish Councillors work tirelessly doing everything from pulling mattresses from the canal, to weeding overgrown areas, litter picking and assisting residents. 

And assistance from Chorley Borough Council ensures that the village is quickly looking its best.  In 2014, for example, Chorley Borough Council provided a 22 yard skip which got filled with 2.72 tonnes of waste and they also removed scrap metal for recycling. Neighbourhood officers manned the skip, and prior to Tidy Up Day, Chorley's Street Scene team worked in the village to replace a bin, clean the millstone, clear footpaths, manually remove and spray weeds and clean streets. 

If you'd like to take part in a future event, look out for the posters which will be displayed around the village just prior to the Tidy Up Day.




Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council erect a Christmas tree on the Waterhouse Green traffic island each year. In recent years, though, this has become more than just a switch on - it has become a proper local Christmas event! Lights, refreshments and the switch on ceremony will take place annually some time around the first Saturday of December, with the lights remaining lit until the first Saturday in January. 

Watch out for posters on noticeboards and in other locations around the village to give you year-by-year specific Christmas information, and join us for music and carols, mulled wine and a wonderful family atmosphere - whatever the weather.    





Shown is a photo of competitors and organisers of the 2014 Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council Annual Fishing Competition for the Under 16s.

This is the second year that the event has been held and it is fully intended to make this an annual event.  It is organised by Parish Councillors and local enthusiasts, and prizes are donated by the Parish Council.

The event is generally held at Curwen's Fishery, Lowe Mill Lodge, from 9:00am till midday on a Summer weekend, whatever the weather. Why not encourage your Under 12 family member to enter next year?  Contact one of the Parish Councillors for more information.

Image courtesy of Parish Councillor Peter Higham.




Annual event organised by the village hall:

Each August Whittle-le-Woods hosts a Flower, Craft and Vegetable Show, held at the village hall on Union Street. 

With prizes awarded for entries in a large number of classes, there's fun to be had for the whole family.  All the class details are set out in the schedule which is made available a few weeks prior to the show.  Your entry paper needs to be returned to the show manager by the Wednesday before the Saturday of the show.  Staging of your exhibits takes place on the morning of the show, and the hall opens at 2pm for the public to view the exhibits. 

There are points awarded to the top three exhibits in each class and there are several trophies that are awarded at 3pm. It is a great opportunity for residents to show off their labours and is a good way to get into entering produce shows.

Here are a few images from previous years - we hope they inspire you to get growing for next year's show!


For more information, check out the village hall's website at :




Annual event organised by the village hall:

Each year on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday, a Duck Race is held at Waterhouse Green, next to the Roebuck public house.  This is publicised around the village by means of banners, and via posters on noticeboards and in strategic locations - churches, village hall etc.  Every year's event is unique as the weather plays a large part in the festivities of any outdoor occasion.

Residents purchase their duck, which is then raced, with prizes for  the speediest and the tardiest ducks.

The first race is at 2.30pm for 100 ducks, each costing £10. The winner gets a prize of £500. 

The second race is at 3.00pm when 1000 ducks costing £1 are in the race.

The prizes are 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £50 and last duck £10.

The ducks are put into the river at Low Mill and the finishing line is at the bridge at the bottom of School Brow.

The Duck Race has been running since the late 1990s and doesn't just include a duck race - usually there are entertainers, tombolas, bran tub, bouncy castle, morris dancers and face painting, Also there is a barbecue and candy floss stall on the Roebuck car park, so plenty of refreshments (liquid and otherwise) are available from local hostelries.

The event is a lot of fun for all the family, with a great community atmosphere, so why not look out for notices throughout the village and join us at the next annual Duck Race?