CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


This page will be used to promote events and places to visit along the various community rail lines in Lancashire and surrounding areas and to advertise forthcoming Rail User Group and Friends of Stations group meetings and events.


Every Tuesday – Clitheroe Country Market, in the United Reformed Church Hall on Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ, 09:30 – 12:00 – a country market with quality home baked, hand made and home grown produce. A wide selection of goods from a co-operative of local producers. Home made cakes, pies and jams also handicraft items such as cards, knits and textile gifts. More details on

First Thursday of every month – St. Anne’s Farmers Market, in the main square in St. Anne’s a monthly farmers market with locally and regionally produced food and drink on sale. Meet the people who grow, rear, make and bake your food. More details on

Third Saturday of every month – Clitheroe Piano Meet Up, would you like to meet fellow players, share knowledge and develop your skills on a Bechstein grand piano? All abilities and styles welcome, no experience required, no pressure to play or just come along to listen! These are free events held in Clitheroe Library between 13:00 – 15:30.

Last weekend of every month – Ormskirk Speciality Markets, great family days out with free entertainment, activities and demonstrations – visit for full details. Fancy a stall at one of the events then ring 01695 571328 or email to book a space.

Now and going forward for 2019 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, The 45s, a new gallery concept for 2019 and beyond. A showcase of great North-Western artistic talent each displaying two pieces of work exactly 45cm by 45cm when framed – more details on

Now and until Saturday 25th July 2020 – William Morris Wallpaper, a DesignLab Nation Exhibition, On display from 7th September 2019, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery hosts a new display of wallpaper with samples on loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum. A free exhibition with full details on this link; William Morris Wallpaper.

Now and until Sunday 3rd November 2019 – Katab: Quilting Stories, as part of the British Textile Biennial celebrations Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery have brought together a collection of quilts created by migrant communities across the city of Ahmedabad, Western India. Full details can be found here:

Now and until Sunday 3rd November 2019 – Blackpool Illuminations Tram Tours, one of the most popular ways to see the Illuminations is on one of our non-stop tours on our Illuminated or classic Heritage Trams. Every day and costs £6 for one round trip – full details on

Thursday 10th October to Monday 14th October 2019 – Lancaster Music Festival, Lancaster’s award-winning FREE Music Festival: Welcoming Walkable Wonderful is famous for reflecting the city of Lancaster’s vast musical abundance, excellence and diversity while bringing in top notch acts from around the UK and worldwide. Full details of this free festival on this link

Saturday 12th October 2019 – Blackburn Artisan Market, over the years Blackburn has transformed itself into a destination for millions of visitors, culturally diverse this market will be a place to showcase both traditional crafting & culinary skills. 10:00 – 16:00.

Saturday 12th October 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 11 mile walk starting (10:06) and finishing at Colne. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details of this and other walks on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Saturday 12th October 2019 – Chorley Food & Craft Market, Chorley is famous for its markets, which date back to 1498. The Market runs along Fazakerley Street, a tree-lined pedestrianised area in the heart of the town centre, from 09:00 until 16;00 on the second Saturday of each month. The stalls will consist of locally produced goods including cakes, preserves, meat and hand finished crafts.

Sunday 13th October 2019 – Clitheroe Blues Festival, an all day event in The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe- tickets early bird £25 and £27 in advance. Details on

Monday 14th October to Sunday 20th October 2019 – Preston’s International Film Festival, The Worldwise Learning Centre at the University of Central Lancashire proudly presents Preston’s International Film Festival 2019! Join us from 14th – 20th October in the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema to enjoy a choice of nine different films. Tickets £3 details on

Wednesday 16th October 2019 – Blackburn Cathedral Organ Recital, the weekly recital on the Walker/Wood organ – this week sees Friedhelm Flamme from Germany, tickling the keys between 13:00 & 14:00, the event is free but a donation of £3.50 is appreciated to cover expenses.

Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October 2019 – Pendle Social  Cinema Film Festival, come with us on a journey, as Pendle Social Cinema surf the breakers from California to Australia via Mexico, ride the rails to Manchester, and take a far-from-leisurely Cambodian riverboat journey into the heart of darkness, for our third annual film festival. We have a diverse programme of films for you, covering journeys both literal and metaphorical. Full details of this fantastic event taking place in The Garage, Northlight, Glen Way, Brierfield  on

Saturday 19th October 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Delamere area; walk 1 is a moderate 11.5 miles and walk 2 is a moderately easy 9 miles. For both walks alight at Cuddington and return from Delamere. Full details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 7 mile walk starting at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire (10:39) and finishing at Langho. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details of this and other walks on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Friday 25th October 2019 – Brierfield Allotment Open Day, a family open day at Brierfield’s Children’s Community Allotment – plenty to see and do 10:00 – 12:00. This is a free event – just turn up and enjoy – it is about a 15 minute walk from the railway station (BB9 5RS – Rothesay Road)



Click the link above to see a host of interesting places to visit that are close to CRL’s community rail stations.


Click the link above for a page of suggestions for places and towns to visit – all suggestions and content considered.

Make a Beeline for the Station

‘Make a Beeline for the Station!’ is a community marketing project, that combined the vital elements of local education and wider group engagement with tourism attractions and professional marketing. The project, funded by an Arriva Rail North Seedcorn Grant, is designed to encourage use of Northern’s hourly weekday service from Preston to Ormskirk and then on into Liverpool using Merseyrail services.

The project is supported by a video that can be seen on this link: Make a Beeline for the Station and a leaflet that can be downloaded here: Beeline Leaflet

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Discover Amazing Women by Rail is a project initiated by the Mid Cheshire Line CRP and invites people to leave their car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines, including the Blackburn to Manchester via Todmorden route.

The project is supported with a website ( by an A5 booklet available from local stations, tourist information offices and libraries. The booklet can also be downloaded using this link: Amazing Women by Rail