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Something For The Weekend LXXXI

Would you like to visit a museum or an art gallery, join a guided walk, discover some Amazing Women by Rail, catch some organ music, visit a village fair, or ‘Make a Beeline for the Station’? Then look no further.

Stitt/Kostankakou-‘The-Christina-Skelmersdale-Ceramic-Collection’ – Industrialised, Blackburn Museum

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

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 14th September 2019 – Blackburn Museum – INDUSTRIALISED Exhibition: Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery, an exhibition of artists featuring contemporary reflections on the rich layers and stories of making and manufacturing, and the human stories of these factory workforces, seen through the lens of eleven multi-disciplinary international artists. More details on

Saturday 6th July to Wednesday 31st July 2019 – Jazz Fest Photography Exhibition, An exhibition of photos taken by Eva Kahan during the 10th anniversary of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. Eva was commissioned to photograph the music and atmosphere of this diverse music festival framing slices of time from the performances in churches, pubs, clubs and restaurants in Clitheroe. The exhibition is on show in The Jungle, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE, 09:00 – 17:00 everyday – free admission.

Sunday 7th July 2019 – DalesRail, four guided walks led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers ranging from a strenuous 14 miles to a snail pace stroll of 2-3 miles. Full details on DalesRail Guided Walks 2019 – July

Wednesday 10th July 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, a moderate 9 mile walk starting at Blackburn (09:54) and finishing at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire – Full details of the route etc can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks

Wednesday 10th July 2019 – Lunchtime Concert, a recital on the Walker/Wood organ in Blackburn Cathedral by Alessandro Bianchi from Cantu, Italy. 13:00 – entry is free but a donation of £3.50 will help to cover costs.

Saturday 13th July 2019 – Summer Fair, Rufford Village Society’s annual summer fair – 14:00 in the church hall with entertainment by the ‘Riverside Ukuleles’ – click here for more details RVS Summer Fair

Saturday 13th July 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Windermere area; walk 1 is a moderately strenuous 11 miles and walk 2 is a moderate 7.5 miles. For both walks alight at Staveley and return from Windermere. Full details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks


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