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 Saturday 19th August 2017 – India’s Gateway; Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain, an exhibition in Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery tracing the history of Gujarat and Mumbai as age-old centres of trade and migration, focusing on their remarkable links with Britain. Normal museum opening hours and free admission – full details on

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.

Wednesday 19th July to Saturday 19th August 2017 –  Art At The Inn, Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe – an exhibition of works of art by 40 professional artists supporting MANCHECK a prostate cancer charity – details on Art At The Inn

Wednesday 26th July 2017 – Object identification Day, Blackburn Museum, Have you ever found an interesting object while metal detecting, walking or digging in the garden? Do you have an unknown object and would like to find out more? If so, why not bring your discovery to Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday 26th July 2017 between 10:00 – 14:00 to have it identified by the museum’s Curator of History. Details on

Saturday 29th July 2017 –  CRL Guided Walk, an easy 12 mile walk starting and finishing at Clitheroe station (10:17) All walks are led by experienced walk leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details on

Sunday 30th July 2017 – DalesRail Guided Walks, the Lancashire Rail Ramblers have a programme of six guided walks ranging from a strenuous 12 miles to a snail-pace stroll of 4 miles – full details on

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 –  CRL Guided Walk, an easy 8 mile walk starting and finishing at Clitheroe station (10:17) All walks are led by experienced walk leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details on

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 – Ribblehead Heritage Tour, a free guided tour of the Ribblehead viaduct site and an optional visit to Blea Moor Tunnel, organised by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line. Meet at Ribblehead Heritage Centre 10:25 – full details on   

Saturday 12th August 2017LASRUG Coffee Morning, Bentham Town Hall, Station Road, Bentham 10:00 – 11:45. Stalls including bric-a-brac, cakes, second hand books, tombola etc. small entrance fee.    

Saturday 12th August 2017 – Clitheroe Food Festival, the biggest food festival in the North West and in its seventh year – full details on 

Saturday 19th August 2017 – Beats Cancer Music Festival, Clitheroe Castle, Castle Street, Clitheroe. The biggest dance party in the North West dedicated to cancer charity fundraising – full details of artists and prices on                


Rail User Groups & Friends of Stations Meetings

Monday 7th August 2017 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee Meeting, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe 19:30.

Friday 11th August 2017 – Friends of Bentham Station, Committee Meeting, Bentham Station, Station Road, Bentham 10:30 – 12:00.