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Walker/Wood Organ, Blackburn Cathedral


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. Full details on this link: Whalley Artisan Market

Now and going forward for 2024 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, is based in the heart of Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley. Established since 2013, we represent Northern artists and selected artists from around the UK – more details on

Clitheroe Castle Museum. Opening hours are 11:00 to 16:00 daily. Details of this over 800 year old castle can be found on this link:

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


Wednesday 22 May 2024 – Organ Recital – Blackburn Cathedral’s next series of organ recitals on Wednesdays starting at 12:15. Concerts feature our Director of Music, John Robinson, Organist in Residence, John Hosking and many others! This weeks concert features Lyndon Hills. These are free events but donations to Cathedral upkeep welcomed. Full details on

Saturday 25 May 2024 – Bolton Station Spring Fair – At the Bolton Interchange, 11:00 – 14:00, Arts & crafts, books, music, Bric-a-brac and much more! Organised by the Bolton Station Community Partnership.

Saturday 8 June 2024 – Yorkshire Dales Explorer – the first day of a brand new two train Saturdays only service between Rochdale, Manchester, Bolton, Blackburn and the Ribble Valley to Ribblehead with connections into the Settle Carlisle Line from either Hellifield or Ribblehead. Full details on

Tuesday 11 June 2024 – CRL Guided Walk – a moderate 7.5 mile walk starting at Whalley (09:53) and finishing at Clitheroe. The walk will be led by volunteers from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and full details can be found on this link: CRL Guided Walks Winter/Spring 2023/24

Wednesday 26 June 2024 – A Railway to Clitheroe – a talk by Peter Eastham, founder member and now Chair of Ribble Valley Rail about the campaign to reintroduce passenger rail services to Clitheroe. The talk is being held in Clitheroe Castle Museum with a start time of 11:30, small admission fee of £4 and booking recommended. Full details and how to book on

Saturday 29 June 2024 – Combined CRL & Rail Rambler Walks – two walks starting (10:01) and finishing at Clitheroe. Walk 1 is a strenuous 10.5 miles and walk two is moderate 7.5 miles. The walks will be led by volunteers from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and full details can be found on these links: CRL Guided Walks Winter/Spring 2023/24 or Rail Rambler Guided Walks Winter/Spring 2023/24

Explore Lancashire By Rail

A series of films is being made for Community Rail Lancashire by a local creative film company Huckleberry Films which are designed to encourage people to Explore Lancashire by Rail. Details of this exciting project that covers the four CRPs across Lancashire can be seen on this page Lancashire-by-Rail/

Places to Visit

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


Click on the link here 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 the South Fylde Line

Discover the South Fylde Line is a brand new line guide launched by the South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership (SFLCRP) and Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) during Community Rail Week 2022. The leaflet takes you along the South Fylde Line from Preston to Blackpool South highlighting many things you can do along the line. The full leaflet can be viewed by clicking on this link: Discover the South Fylde 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