CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


In line with the latest government guidelines on social distancing designed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus it is likely that most events and/or exhibitions shown on this page will be closed, cancelled or rescheduled.

In particular the Lancashire Rail Ramblers who organise and lead the guided walk programme across the East Lancashire and Clitheroe Lines have reluctantly decided to suspend the programme for the foreseeable future.

Regular updates and any changes will be displayed here and other parts of the CRL website and via the @crl_live Twitter account.


Every Tuesday – Clitheroe Country Market, in the 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, 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.

1st & 3rd Sundays until 15th November 2020 – Burscough Wharf Artisan Market, locally grown produce, freshly baked sweet & savoury food, hand made crafts & original artwork. More details on

Now and until February 2021 – Hidden Gems Photography Exhibition, ‘Hidden Gems’ is a photography project that has involved local schools, community groups and charities. A wide range of people have explored their local areas and worked with artists to discover and share the hidden gems in their neighbourhoods. In Liverpool we have partnered with Crisis to create some artwork for Moorfields Station. In celebration of the work we are very pleased to be exhibiting at Avenue HQ, Mann Island in Liverpool. Please come down and take a look!

Saturday 14th March 2020 and the 2nd Saturday of the month until 10th October 2020 – Blackburn Artisan Market, a ‘Pop Up’’ Artisan Market taking place on Ainsworth Street Blackburn, between Blackburn Market and the bus station. 10:00 – 16:00.

Saturday 14th March until 14th May 2020 – Eclectic Northern England, visit the Steward’s Gallery at Clitheroe Castle Museum and enjoy an exhibition of work by the popular Lancashire artist Dave Gudgeon, winner of the 2019 Ribble Valley Open Selectors’ Prize. 11:00 – 16:00 every day.


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