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.


It is that time of year again, Oh! yes it is! click the link here to see what pantomimes are on across the CRL patch.


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 until Sunday 23rd December 2018 – Blackburn Christmas Markets, seven days a week with a Bavarian village feel and authentic German chalets nestled comfortably within the Cathedral Quarter. Bustling with stalls offering novelty and craft items along with festive food & drink.

Now and until Sunday 6th January 2019 – Lancaster On Ice, a 6 week Ice Rink and a winter wonderland in the heart of Lancaster City Centre on Dalton Square. Launching on 22 of November, the festive Ice Rink will have a capacity for up to 200 skaters plus Bavarian-style food and drink concessions to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine and listen to the sound of German sausages sizzling on the grill whilst watching friends and family enjoy the ice.

Now and until early 2019 – The Longitude Gallery Autumn Exhibition, prior to an exciting new format the autumn exhibition sees new work from old favourites including: Pat Ellacott, Sharon Steingold, Jeff Smith, Chris Cyprus, Michael Howley & Donald Holden – more details on

Now and until 2nd January 2019 – Le Corps, L’âme et L’espirit, an exhibition of art by Cedric Charleuf in Clitheroe Castle Museum. Full details of exhibition and opening times on this link: 

Now and until Saturday 20th April 2019 – Structures in Ceramic Exhibition, Blackburn Museum celebrates the history and craft of architectural ceramic production in Darwen. Full details on

Friday 7th December 2018 – Sounds of the 60s with The Zoots, Experience The Sixties show that’s wowing audiences around the world, selling out and headlining venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford. Relive the music with the spectacular sounds of The Zoots! Details on

Wednesday 12th December 2018 – Clitheroe Concerts Society, the Gitarrissima Quintet of Vienna play excerpts from: Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, Gershwin, Copeland and others – Gluhwein & mince pies served in the interval. 19:30, CRGS Sixth Form Centre, York Street, Clitheroe, tickets £17 click the link to download the poster CCS poster Gitarrissima Dec 12th 2018.

Saturday 15th December 2018 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Walk, a circular around Chorley with a choice of 9 or 11 miles starting at approximately 10:00 – details on Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks

Saturday 15th December 2018 – Community Carol Service, Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn’s Community Carol Service will take place on Saturday, 15th December 2018, commencing at 15:30, all are welcome to this firm, festive favourite for all the family to enjoy. This will be followed by the Blackburn Festival of Light commencing at 16:30 on Ainsworth Street.

Wednesday 19th December 2018 –  CRL Guided Walk, an easy 8 mile walk starting at Hapton (10:43) and finishing at Whalley. All walks are led by walk leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks

Thursday 31st January to Saturday 2nd February 2019 – Pendle Beer Festival, The Muni, Albert Road, Colne – 120 real ales & 30 ciders, food available & live music some sessions – click this link for more details. Limited festival glasses available sponsored by CRL.



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

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

Friday 7th December 2018 – Friends of Bentham Station, the AGM followed by a routine meeting – 10:30 at Bentham Station Building, Station Road, Bentham.

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, 14:30

Saturday 27th January 2019 – Friends of Bentham Station Coffee Morning, Upstairs Room, Bentham Town Hall, Station Road, Bentham – 10:00 to 11:30, small entrance charge, raffle, tombolo, cakes, bric-a-brac and other stalls.


The RMT union has announced a number of dates when they will be taking industrial action (Saturdays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th December 2018) and although Northern will be running an emergency timetable your journey may be affected. Please check before travelling to ensure that you can complete your journey.