CRL - Community Rail Lancashire



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Every Sunday until 7th May 2022 – Winter Rambler Service – a winter version of the DalesRail service between Blackpool North/Preston and Hellifield that connects into services on the Settle – Carlisle route – see Timetable 12 for details. Please check before travelling as isolation with Covid 19 is still affecting some services across the Northern area.

Every Tuesday – Your Local Market Lytham – the new Tuesday market inside Lytham Assembly Rooms on the corner of Dicconson Terrace and the Promenade opposite the car park on Lytham Green.  Artisan foods and crafts 11:00 – 16:00. More details on Lytham Market

Every Tuesday – Clitheroe Country Market, in the 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 performance skills on a Bechstein grand? Then get along to Clitheroe Library on the third Saturday of the month 12:45 – 15:30 for more details contact Janet or Liz on or download the poster on this link Clitheroe Piano Meet Up

Fourth Weekend of each month – Whalley Monthly Artisan Market, located in the heart of Whalley, this weekend market brings together art, design, fashion, vintage and much more from over 35 local North West creators, makers and curators. 10:00 – 16:00.

Now and going forward for 2022 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, a gallery with a showcase of great  North-Western artistic talent – more details on

Clitheroe Castle Museum has now reopened but booking is essential. Opening hours are 11:00 to 16:00 (last entry 15:20) daily. Details of how to book on

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 – 16:45 with free admission. Please visit for details.


Now and until 21st May 2022 – The Monochrome Museum – Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery – Black and White in Art and Design. Free entry and the museum is open Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 – 16:45. Click here to see the poster.

Now and until Friday 30th September 2022 – Shifting Sands – an art project in the grounds of the stunning Lytham Hall. The project has seen local artist Nicky Thompson create a series of artwork for posters in the style of the railway posters of the 30s, 40s & 50s. The works are displayed on a trail around the 78 acres of the grounds of Lytham Hall and are available to be seen until September 2022. Go here to see what is being displayed:  Shifting Sands

Saturday 4th June 2022 – Lancashire Rail Rambler Walks – two walks in the Worth Valley area led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers. Walk 1 is a strenuous 10.5 miles and walk 2 is a moderately easy walk of 8 miles. Both walks start and finish at Hebden Bridge with an onward bus journey. Click here for more details Rail Rambler Walks.

Tuesday 7th June 2022 – a Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walk – an easy walk of 9 miles led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers start at Bolton and finish at Hall I’ Th’ Wood, full details on this link Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks Spring 2022

Saturday 25th June 2022 – Eco Makers Market, come and visit the first Green Loop Eco Makers Markets – Fairhaven Lake, Inner Promenade, Lytham St. Annes FY8 1BD. 11:00 – 16:00 free entry. 10 minutes walk from Ansdell & Fairhaven station!


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 a Northern Seedcorn Grant and by the Community Rail Development Fund 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 page: Make a Beeline for West Lancashire and a leaflet that can be downloaded here: Make A Bee Line

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