CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Something For The Weekend XCVIII

Fancy listening to some music, visiting an art gallery or museum, shopping at a speciality market, joining a guided walk, getting involved in a ‘big conversation’ or even gazing at the moon close up and personal? Then look below to see what is on offer across the CRL area.

Afternoon Sunset – Fiona Peart (available to buy in the Longitude 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

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 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.

Friday 1st November to Wednesday 20th November 2019 – The Moon, Lancaster Priory Church, Luke Jerram’s acclaimed Moon installation visits Lancaster Priory Church from November 1-20.  Measuring seven metres in diameter, The Moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.  The installation is complemented by a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello awardwinning composer, Dan Jones. Mon – Sat only and check here for details

Saturday 16th November 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Broadbottom area – walk 1 is a moderate 11 miles and walk 2 is a moderately easy 8 miles. Alight Broadbottom and return Glossop for both walks. More details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks.

Tuesday 19th November 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 6 mile walk starting at Whalley (10:48) and finishing at Clitheroe. 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 20th November 2019 – The Big Conversation, Real People, Honest talk – Accrington Library, St. James’ Street, Accrington, BB5 1NQ 17:30 – 20:30. To book your free place at this celebration event register use this link or email

Wednesday 20th November 2019 – Blackburn Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, this weeks recital, on the Woods/Walker organ, will take the form of organ duets played by Shaun Turnbull, Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral and Ed Jones, Sub-Assistant Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral. 13:00 – 14:00, as ever, admission is free but we request a minimum donation of £3.50 to help cover costs.

Sunday 24th November 2019 – Those Were The Days, Music for You and the Promenade Concert Orchestra present Those Were The Days a concert to remember the radio programme tha tran for nearly 40 years – soloist Rowena Thornton. The Platform, Morecambe, 15:00, tickets £16.


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


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 ( 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