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Fancy listening to some Christmas Carols, visiting an art gallery, museum or photography exhibition, shopping at a speciality market, joining a guided walk, skating on thin ice, or choosing your next wallpaper? Then check out the events below to see what is on offer across the CRL area.

Showers, Suzanne Worrall, Winner of the Accentia-Prize – Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

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 https://www.facebook.com/Clitheroe-Country-Market-307301586087846/

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.

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 http://thelongitudegallery.co.uk/

Now and until Sunday 5th January 2020 – Lancaster On Ice, a six week winter wonderland and ice rink is back in Dalton Square – the festive Ice Rink will have a capacity for up to 200 skaters plus Bavarian-style food and drink concessions to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine and listen to the sound of German sausages sizzling on the grill whilst watching friends and family enjoy the ice. Details and ticket prices here https://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/lancaster-on-ice-p929070

Now and until Saturday 25th July 2020 – William Morris Wallpaper, a DesignLab Nation Exhibition, On display from 7th September 2019, 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.

Saturday 7th December 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Skipton area – walk 1 is a moderate 10 miles (alight & return Skipton)  and walk 2 is an easy 7 miles (alight Thornton in Craven & return Skipton). For this walk use the 08:15 280 bus from Preston to Skipton. More details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks.

Saturday 7th December 2019 – Settle Station Open Day, this annual event will take place on the station between 10:00 & 15:30. Sherry and Mince Pies. Carol singing; Music; Drinks and Gifts. See a fully restored signal box and pull a lever too! Friends old and new all welcome.

Saturday 7th December 2019 to Saturday 11th January 2020 – Blackburn Artists’ Society Open Exhibition, this annual exhibition in Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, will open at 14:00 on Saturday 7th December. ‘Blackburn Artists’ Society was formed in 1946 to promote, in a friendly setting, the appreciation and practice of all forms of fine art among both professional and amateur artists and sculptors and to give members the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works.

Monday 9th December 2019 – Blackburn Cathedral Schools Lunchtime Carols, today sees St. Mary’s CE Primary School, Mellor singing between 13:00 – 13:30. As ever entrance is free but a donation of £3.50 helps to cover costs.

Thursday 12th December 2019 – Blackburn Cathedral Schools Lunchtime Carols, today sees St. Peter’s CE Primary School, Darwen singing between 13:00 – 13:30. As ever entrance is free but a donation of £3.50 helps to cover costs.

Friday 13th December 2019 – Hidden Gems Photography Exhibition, a tea & cake opening ceremony for some of the photographs taken for this innovative CRL project – Community Room, Crosby Library. Th exhibition will also run until Monday 14th January 2020.

Saturday 14th December 20109 – Bolton Station Christmas Market, the Bolton Station Community Development Partnership is working with partners Northern, Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester to run a Christmas Market on Bolton Station (10:30 – 16:00) to complement Bolton’s fantastic Christmas Market in the town centre nearby. Stalls still available – contact paul.salveson@my-phone.coopas soon as possible or use this booking form Christmas Market Station booking form.

Saturday 14th December 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a strenuous 10.5 mile walk starting at Clitheroe (09:56) and finishing at Colne. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details of this and other walks on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Wednesday 19th December 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, the last walk of 2019 – an easy 6 mile walk starting (10:44) and finishing at Church & Oswaldtwistle. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details of this and other walks on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Saturday 7th December 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walk, the pre-Christmas walk is the Chorley Circular Walk – just one walk an easy 11 miles with an option to shorten by 2 miles. Alight and return Chorley. Put some rum in your coffee and bring a mince pie and enjoy a festive walk. More details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks.

PLACES TO VISIT

Click the link above to see a host of interesting places to visit that are close to CRL’s community rail stations.

DESTINATIONS

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 (www.amazingwomenbyrail.org.uk) 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

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