CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


This page will be used to promote events taking place 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.


General 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

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 21st January 2018 – Snow White, one of the classic pantomimes is on at Colne Muni, Albert Road, Colne – details on

Now and until Wednesday 24th January 2018 – Cinderella, one of the classic pantomimes is on at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – details on  

Now and until Saturday 27th January 2018 – Blackburn Artists Society Open Exhibition, the annual autumn open exhibition opens at 14:00 with free admission – full details on

Now and until 31st January 2018 – Festival of Tales Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, L39 4QR. Humour, imagination and seriously good art are the key ingredients, so if you enjoy being creative, want to delve a bit deeper into history or just be entertained, then this is the place be!

Now and until 31st January 2018 – Elements of Landscape, an exhibition in Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery’s Community Exhibition Gallery  from a small group of artists. Led by Tony Coneys and including artists Christine Ryan, Rob Edmondson and  Ceris Jones. Free entry and full details on

Now and until Tuesday 20th February 2018 – Lancaster Art Society Exhibition & Sale, The Lancaster and District art society annual exhibition is being hosted by Lancaster City Museum.  Around 90 works or art are on display, including original paintings, drawings and illustrations all by local artists. 10:00 – 17:00, Free entrance.   

Now and until Friday 23rd February 2018 – 2018 New Year Exhibition, the Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe hosts its opening exhibition of 2018  in support of the Whalley Art Group, Whalley Life Drawing Group and Chris Mcloughlin’s New Longton Art Group. A fine collection of 60 varied and interesting works. Full details on

Saturday 20th January 2018 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks starting at Carnforth. Walk 1 is an easy 12 miles and Walk 2 is an easy 8 miles – full details on Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks. All walks are led by experienced walk leaders from the Rail Ramblers.

Saturday 27th January 2018 – CRL Guided Walk, a strenuous 13 mile walk starting at Bromley Cross and finishing at Darwen. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and full details can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Saturday 27th January 2018 – Coffee Morning, Friends of Bentham Station hold their annual coffee morning in Bentham Town Hall, Station Road, Bentham 10:00 – 11:30. Small admission charge, raffle, tombola and plenty of other stalls!

Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Pendle Beer Festival, the 14th Annual Pendle Beer Festival held in Colne Muni, Albert Road, Colne (just five minutes from the railway station). Over 100 real ales along with cider, perry and bottled beers. Full details of festival including times & admission prices on Details of trains to/from Colne on Colne-Blackpool-TT-9-FINAL

Wednesday 7th February 2018 – Clitheroe Concerts Society, the Johannesson Pomili Duo play excerpts from Rota, Liszt, Sigurbjornsson, Calligaris and Jeanjean. Sixth Form Centre, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, York Street, Clitheroe – 19:30, tickets £15 – full details here.   


Rail User Groups & Friends of Stations Meetings

Thursday 18th January 2018 – Lancaster & Skipton Rail User Group Committee Meeting, Wenningdale Room, Bentham Town Hall, Station Road, Bentham 19:30.

Tuesday 6th February 2018 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee Meeting, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe  14:30.