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Something For The Weekend LIX?

Do you fancy visiting a museum or art gallery, joining a guided walk, seeing a pantomime, discovering some Amazing Women by Rail, trying some real ale (or coffee), or finding out more about vegan food? Then look no further.


There is still time to catch a seasonal pantomime! Oh yes there is! click the link here to see what pantomimes are on across the CRL patch.


Please note that due to the ongoing RMT dispute the Lancashire Rail Rambler guided walk on Saturday 19th January 2019 (Wilmslow) has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

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 until early 2019 – The Longitude Gallery Autumn Exhibition, prior to an exciting new format the autumn exhibition sees new work from old favourites including: Pat Ellacott, Sharon Steingold, Jeff Smith, Chris Cyprus, Michael Howley & Donald Holden – 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

Sunday 20th January 2019 – Preston Vegan Fair, an exciting series of vegan markets at the People’s Production Lab, Cannon Street, Preston, PR1 3NU. Fair opens 11:00 – 17:00 £1 entry.

Monday 21st January 2019 – Short Health Walk, a short easy walk around Skipton avoiding all hills, steps & cobbles – led by volunteers from Dyneley House Surgery. 13:45 – 14:30 – a free event!

Saturday 26th January 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderate 11 mile walk starting at Langho (Petre Arms 09:45) and finishing at Pleasington. Full details of the route etc. can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks. Due to the continuing action by the RMT you may not be able to make all of your journey to the starting point by rail. The 280 Preston/Skipton or 22 Blackburn/Clitheroe buses run pas the Petre Arms and on strike days there is an hourly rail shuttle service between Blackburn & Clitheroe.

Saturday 26th January 2019 – Friends of Bentham Station Coffee Morning, Upstairs Room, Bentham Town Hall, Station Road, Bentham – 10:00 to 11:30, small entrance charge, raffle, tombolo, cakes, bric-a-brac and other stalls.

Thursday 31st January to Saturday 2nd February 2019 – Pendle Beer Festival, The Muni, Albert Road, Colne – 120 real ales & 30 ciders, food available & live music some sessions – click this link for more details. Limited festival glasses available sponsored by CRL.



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

The RMT union has announced that it is continuing its industrial action and a strikes will be taking place on Saturdays 12th, 19th & 26th January 2019 and although Northern hope to run around 700 trains few will run after 17:00 and your journey may be affected. Please check before travelling to ensure that you can complete your journey.