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 31st August 2019 – Super Troupers, a exhibition celebrating the lively theatre community in Bolton. The exhibition is being held in the Platform Gallery on Bolton station (Platform 5) and will be open between 10:30- 16:00 each day except Sunday.

Now and until Saturday 14th September 2019 – Blackburn Museum – 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

Now and until Monday 30th September 2019 – Ribble Valley Open Art Exhibition, The theme of this year’s Ribble Valley Open Art Exhibition is ‘Pendle Life‘, a subject that has been inspired by the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. Visit the Steward’s Gallery at Clitheroe Castle throughout August and September to enjoy the work of Lancashire artists focussing on the heritage, landscape and folk of Pendle. All work on display is available for purchase.

Friday 23rd August to Sunday 25th August 2019 – The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, the 30th Anniversary of this award winning event in Colne. Visit for full details of the line up, tickets and camping. Community Rail Lancashire are once again running the Blues Train to help launch the event and the details can be seen on this poster Blues Music Train

Saturday 24th August 2019 – Bolton Food & Drink Festival Fringe, a great welcome on platforms 4 & 5 at Bolton station, with stalls from a range of local community groups and small businesses. 10:30 – 16:00 – a free event! More details here Bolton Fringe

Saturday 24th August 2019 – Meanwhile on the Towpath, look out for the Towpath Explorers as they make a special guest appearance for one day only at the Thompson Park Fun Day – 11:00 – 16:00, Thompson Park, Burnley BB11 3QW.

Sunday 25th August 2019 – DalesRail, a trip through the Ribble Valley and then over the famous Settle Carlisle railway with four guided walks this week all led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers ranging from a strenuous 15 miles to an easy 8 miles. Full details on DalesRail Guided Walks 2019 – August

Sunday 25th August 2019 – Ormskirk MotorFest, With everything from motorcycles, super cars, classics and bubble cars, there is something of interest for everyone across the streets and parks of Ormskirk – more details on

Sunday 25th August 2019 – Winckley Square, Preston Guided Walk, Take a step back in time with a Friend of Winckley Square Tour Guide. Hear what Preston was like when it was a gentrified town where the rich chose to have their country homes. Learn about the famous and the infamous past residents of Winckley Square. This is a free event 14:00 – 15:20.

Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2019 – Vintage by the Sea, an exuberant celebration of 20th century design, now in its seventh year Vintage by the Sea takes place at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe – more details on

Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September 2019 – Parbold Street Festival, The fifth Parbold Street Festival of Arts and Music with 4 music venues, beer and gin festival, canal boats, street entertainers, church service, duck race, dragons, dancers, fire eater, street food, displays and much, much more.
Starts at 12.00 both days. More details on their Facebook page

Sunday 1st September 2019 – Bolton Station CDP Walk with City of Sanctuary, meet at the station at 12:00 on platform 1 for the train to Bromley Cross then a 5 mile walk.

Sunday 1st September 2019 – Taster Tour of Todmorden Town Hall, free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January). Meet at 14;00 opposite the Town Hall pediment on Halifax Road, OL14 5AQ – more details on

Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September 2019 – St. Annes International Kite Festival, A fantastic spectacle of family fun on St Annes beach with all the traditional fun of the British seaside with kite fliers from all over the UK and overseas. Details here: St. Annes Kite Festival 

Saturday 7th September 2019 – Bentham Agricultural Show, a traditional agricultural show on Bentham Auction Mart, Brntham, LA2 7HF – just a few minutes walk from the railway station. From 09:30 – entry £6 adults, £1 children – more details on

Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September 2019 – Lancaster Jazz Festival, the ninth annual jazz festival in the centre of Lancaster across  a number of venues – full details on

Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September 2019 – Lancaster & Morecambe Heritage Open Days, part of the national Heritage Open Days programme across a number of sites in the Lancaster & Morecambe area – full details on

Saturday 21st September 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Mytholmroyd area; walk 1 is a strenuous 11 miles and walk 2 is a moderate 8 miles. For both walks alight at Mytholmroyd and return from Sowerby Bridge (walk 1) and Mytholmroyd (walk 2). Full details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks


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

Rail User Groups & Friends of Stations Meetings

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, 14:30

Thursday 12th September 2019 – LASRUG Committee Meeting, Bentham Station, Station Road, Bentham, LA2 7LF 19:30