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 22nd February 2019 – The Larder Café, the grand opening of Preston’s community food hub The Larder’s brand new café. The café will share the food hub’s messages about healthy, local, seasonal and waste free food. Opening times 08:00 – 17:00 Weekdays & 09:00 – 17:00 on Saturdays.

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – LASRUG Coffee Morning, various stalls including second-hand books, cakes and bakes, raffle and tombola. Bentham Town Hall 10:00 – 11:30 small entrance fee. Click here for poster LASRUG Coffee Morning Spring 2019

Wednesday 27th February 2019 – Blackburn Cathedral, a lunchtime organ recital by David Humphreys (Peterborough Cathedral) using the Cathedral’s 1969/2002  Walker/Wood organ. Entrance is free but a donation of £3.50 is suggested.

Wednesday 27th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019 – Snow White, Bentham Theatre Group presents this traditional pantomime taking place in the Town Hall, tickets £5 for adults and £3.50 for children – available from Temptations on Bentham Main Street or call 015242 31868 to reserve a seat.

Saturday 2nd March 2019 – Rail Ramblers Guided Walk, two guided walks in the Whaley Bridge area, Walk 1 is a moderately strenuous 12 miles (alight & return Whaley Bridge) and walk 2 is a moderately easy 8 miles (alight Whaley Bridge & return Buxton). Full details available on

Tuesday 5th March 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderate 8 mile walk starting at Blackburn (10:55) and finishing at Darwen). Full details of the route etc. can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Wednesday 6th March 2019 – Clitheroe Concerts Society, pianist Martin Roscoe will be playing excerpts from Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel & Liszt. Sixth Form Centre, Clitheroe Grammar School, York Street, Clitheroe 19:30. Full details and prices on this link CCS Poster Martin Roscoe March 6th 2019

Saturday 9th March 2019 – Friends of DalesRail Guided Walk, a moderate 10 mile walk from Wennington to Caton (involves an additional bus journey). Full details of this Bentham Line walk on

Sunday 10th March 2019 – Artwalk Clitheroe, is a gentle circular walking route along pavements including six fantastic galleries that our historic market town has to offer. On certain Sundays throughout the year the galleries open for special Artwalk events, often with a chance to meet artists, view work being created and if you’re lucky, grab a free drink or two! Details on



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 5th March 2019 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, 14:30

Thursday 21st March 2019 – LASRUG Committee Meeting, Bentham Station, Station Road, Bentham, LA2 7LF 19:00.


The RMT union has announced that it is suspending its industrial action following talks with ACAS and a normal Saturday timetable will be in place from 16th February 2019.