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

Friday 19th April & Saturday 20th April 2019 – Zara at the Piece Hall, Halifax, ZARA is a giant outdoor theatre event for the whole family, featuring a giant baby, 3D projection mapping, a large cast of local performers and an original music score. Full details on

Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April 2019 – Easter Egg Hunt at Rufford Old Hall, you’ll need to explore around every corner, search the woods and follow the garden paths to get the chocolaty prize. Details on Rufford Old Hall Egg Hunt

Saturday 20th April 2019 – Rail Ramblers Guided Walk, a guided walk in the St. Bees/Whitehaven area, the walk is a moderate 8 miles (alight St. Bees & return Whiteheven). Full details available on

Sunday 21st April 2019 – St. George & The Dragon at Clitheroe Castle Museum, Come and celebrate St. George and the Dragon at Clitheroe Castle Museum. Handle weapons, learn to joust, watch combat displays, meet the dragon, slay the dragon. A free event with Academie Gloriana. 11:00 – 15:30.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderate 8 mile walk starting (10:56) and finishing at Clitheroe. Full details of the route etc. can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks

Thursday 2nd May to Monday 6th May 2019 – Ribble Valley International Jazz Festival, thee very best of Britiah and international jazz musicians with over 60 gigs and 500 performers in and around Clitheroe over thebank holiday weekend. Full details on

Thursday 9th May to Saturday 11th May 2019 – Clitheroe Beer Festival, the 12th annual beer festival is taking place in St. Michael & St. John’s Assembly Hall, Lowergate, Clitheroe – more details on this link: Clitheroe Beer Festival or download the flyer here:


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

Tuesday 7th May 2019 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, 14:30

Thursday 16th May 2019 – LASRUG Committee Meeting, Bentham Station, Station Road, Bentham, LA2 7LF 19:30