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 30th September 2017 – Exhibition of paintings, Blackburn Cathedral hosts an exhibition of paintings by Albert Ogden, a former Blackburn chorister – admission free.

Now and until Saturday 28th October 2017 – Private Life of Books, on display until end of October 2017, a new Guest Curator exhibition in Blackburn Museum’s Hart Gallery explores the Private Life of Books. Click here for full details.

Now and until beginning of November 2017 – The Late Summer Collection, Clitheroe’s Longitude Gallery presents work by Donald Holden, Chris McLoughlin, Peter Hopwood, Pat Ellacott and Steve Rostron. Details on

Saturday 23rd September 2017 – Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two walks starting at Green Road and returning from Millom. The first is a 12 mile strenuous walk and the second a 7.5 mile easy walk. Catch the 08:42 ex Preston to Carlisle. Details on

Sunday 24th September 2017 – The Bowland Explorer, the last chance of this season to enjoy a bus/rail link into the heart of The Forest of Bowland, one of Britain’s areas of outstanding natural beauty  – click this link for full details.     

Sunday 24th September 2017 – Clitheroe Artwalk, The Ribble Valley is home to some extraordinary artistic talent, much of which is showcased in Clitheroe’s many galleries. Clitheroe Artwalk highlights seven of Clitheroe’s galleries allowing visitors to start their journey anywhere along the route. Download the map here and visit for full details.   

Wednesday 27th September 2017 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 9 mile walk starting at Bolton (10:01) and finishing at Hall I’ Th’ Wood station. All walks are led by experienced walk leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details on

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 5 mile walk starting at Mill Hill (10:23) and finishing at Darwen station. All walks are led by experienced walk leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details on

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October 2017 – The Continental’s 18th Beer & Cider Festival, The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston (15 mins walk from station) – over 200 cask ales, ciders & perries – small entrance charge, full details on

Saturday 7th October 2017 – Darwen Food Festival, Darwen Food Festival is back with a collection of food stalls that is sure to satisfy your taste buds! There will be food stalls,  artisan products, local suppliers, cookery demonstrations, family fun, international cuisine and so much more! 10:00 – 16:00, Free entry

Wednesday 11th October 2017 – Clitheroe Concerts Society, an evening of piano with Clare Hammond who plays excerpts from Haydn, Unsuk Chin, Schubert, Beethoven, Scriabin & Stravinsky. Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Sixth Form Centre, York Street, Clitheroe 19:30 tickets £15 – click this link for details.


Rail User Groups & Friends of Stations Meetings

Monday 2nd October 2017 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee Meeting, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe  19:30.