CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Something For The Weekend LXXVII

Would you like to visit a museum or an art gallery, join a guided walk, discover some Amazing Women by Rail, catch some organ or jazz music, try some food at a festival, watch some ducks hatch or ‘Make a Beeline for the Station’? Then look no further.

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 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 Thursday 30th May 2019 – Artists at The Larder, an exhibition by local artist Norman Long, Local Colours, Culinary Still Life, Preston Landscapes & Cafe Scenes visit for more details of this social enterprise cafe in Preston and check the Facebook page for events

Now and until Saturday 8th June 2019 – Blackburn Artists’ Society Open Exhibition 2019, Blackburn Museum hosts the annual exhibition and this will open at 14:00. Full details on

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 26th May 2019 – Fairhaven Feast, street food, Gin n Fizz bar, Music and artisan market – more details here

Saturday 25th May to Saturday 2nd June 2019 – Fluffy Duckling Week, spring time means a baby boom at Martin Mere. Visit us during May half term for a chance to see the whole egg-to-duckling process. visit for details.

Sunday 26th May to Monday 27th May 2019 – Darwen Live, a free annual music festival across the bank holiday and across the town. Many venues and many types of acts – go here for full details

Sunday 29th May 2019 – DalesRail, second Sunday of the 2019 season with four guided walks – full details of this iconic service on

Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 2019 – Accrington Food Festival, is already set to be the biggest one yet, with more sponsors, more stalls and more entertainment than ever before. For the fifth year running, Accrington Food & Drink Festival is teaming up with the Darwen Transport Trust to lay on a historic bus to bring families from Hyndburn Districts. 10:00 – 16:00, Town Square, Accrington.

Saturday 1st June 2019 – Jazz in Winckley Square, The hugely successful festival which brought underground Jazz musicians to Preston IS BACK! Jazz in the Park has a new home – the stunning Winckley Square Gardens. We invite music fans to join us for 4 hours of uber-cool. Facilitated by Outbreak Collective, we have two amazing Jazz groups and a DJ. FREE event.

Wednesday 5th June 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderate 9.5 mile walk starting (10:18) and finishing at Cherry Tree. Full details of the route etc can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks

Wednesday 5th June 2019 – Lunchtime Organ Recital, Blackburn Cathedral hosts William Peart, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, who will give a recital on the Walker/Wood oragn. Entry is free but a donation of £3.50 is welcomed to cover costs. 13:00 – 14:00.

Wednesday 5th June 2019 – Clitheroe Concerts Society, their Summer Concert featuring the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, playing excerpts from Bach, Dubois, Berstein and many more – click here for full details. 19:30 in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Civic Suite, Church Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DD – admission is by donation on the night!


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

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 ( 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