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.


The panto season is with us – click this link to see what is on near at a theatre near a station near you!


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 2020 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, a gallery with a showcase of great North-Western artistic talent – 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.

Saturday 18th January 2020 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Wilmslow area. Walk 1 is a moderate 11.5 miles and walk 2 is an easy 7.5 or 8 miles. Alight and return Wilmslow for both walks. More details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 – Blackburn Cathedral Lunchtime Organ Recital, this week’s recitalist is Christopher Jones from Bristol and formerly Organ Scholar here at Blackburn Cathedral – 13:00 – 14:00. Admission, as ever, is free but a donation to help cover expenses is requested.

Saturday 25th January 2020 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderate 9 mile walk starting (10:06) and finishing at Colne. A walk taking in the Atom Panopticon at Wycoller. 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.

Thursday 30th January to Saturday 1st February 2020 – Pendle Beer Festival, CRL is once again sponsoring the festival glasses for the 16th Pendle Beer Festival, taking place in the Muni, Albert Road, Colne – full details on this download: Pendle Beer Festival 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Carnforth/Silverdale area. Walk 1 is a moderate 11 miles (alight Silverdale return Arnside) and walk 2 is a moderately easy 9 miles (alight Carnforth and return Arnside). More details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks.

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd February 2020 – Snowdrop Weekend, Lytham Hall, come for a snowdrop trail through the parkland and marvel at the vast displays of snowdrops. 10:00 – 16:00. The tea room/cafe will be open for you to warm up with a hot drink, a light bite or a hearty meal and there is a little shop in the courtyard with bric-a-brac and snowdrops. Please note, as these weekends are very popular, we restrict vehicle access to Lytham Hall to Blue badge holders only. Free parking is available at the Ballam Rd car park and the Serco car park opposite the gates of the Hall.

Friday 7th February 2020 – Worldwise International Book Club, Adelphi Building, UCLan, PR1 2HE – a once a month book club, where we review and celebrate a variety of wonderful international books. All books are available to borrow in English from the centre. 12:00 – 13:00 A free event!


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