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 Sunday 16th June 2019 – Bike Week, Love to Ride Lancashire are teaming up with Cycling UK to celebrate everyday cycling for everyone – and you are invited! Download the flyer for more details on this link  Bike Week 2019 flyer

Wednesday 12th June 2019 – Lunchtime Organ Recital, Blackburn Cathedral hosts Tim Easter from Harpenden, who will give a recital on the Walker/Wood oragn. Entry is free but a donation of £3.50 is welcomed to cover costs. 13:00 – 14:00.

Thursday 13th June 2019 – Cupcake Day, Lancaster station sees the Bentham Line CRP holding their annual cupcake day in support of the Alzheimer’s Society – 10;00 to 16;00 get down there and buy a cake to support this wonderful cause!

Saturday 15th June 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers in the Neston & West Kirby area. Walk 1 is a 12 mile moderate starting at Neston and finishing at West Kirby. Walks 2 is 7 or 10 miles easy starting & finishing at West Kirby. More details on Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019 – Festival of Making, Blackburn, major industry, contemporary artists, diverse communities, artisan and modern makers will come together again for a summer of invention as Lancashire looks forward to June 2019 and the return of acclaimed ‘must-visit’ festival. Go here for full details.

Saturday 15th June to Saturday 14th September 2019 – INDUSTRIALISED Exhibition: Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery, an exhibition of artists featuring contemporary reflections on the rich layers and stories of making and manufacturing, and the human stories of these factory workforces, seen through the lens of eleven multi-disciplinary international artists. More details on

Sunday 16th June 2019 – DalesRail, the 2019 season continues with four guided walks – full details of this iconic service on

Wednesday 19th June 2019 – Lunchtime Organ Recital, Blackburn Cathedral Scholars give a recital on the Walker/Wood oragn. Entry is free but a donation of £3.50 is welcomed to cover costs. 13:00 – 14:00.

Saturday 22nd June 2019 – LASRUG Coffee Morning, the Lancaster & Skipton Rail User Group’s annual summer coffee morning in Gargrave Village Hall, 10:00 – 12:00 various stalls including tombola and raffle – download the poster here LASRUG Gargrave Coffee Morning 2019

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderately easy 5.5 mile walk starting at Todmorden (10:55) and finishing at Walsden. Full details of the route etc can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks



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

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

Rail User Groups & Friends of Stations Meetings

Tuesday 4th June 2019 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, 14:30

Thursday 18th July 2019 – LASRUG Committee Meeting, Bentham Station, Station Road, Bentham, LA2 7LF 19:30