CRL - Community Rail Lancashire



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Every Sunday until 11th September 2022 – DalesRail – the summer Sundays DalesRail service between Blackpool North/Preston and Carlisle that takes you through the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley – see DalesRail Timetable 2022 for details.

Please check before travelling as Northern are still experiencing train crew shortages.

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 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

Now and until Saturday 10th September 2022 – Blackburn 70 – a photographic exhibition celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Blackburn Museum – free entry – Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 – 16:45 – more details here  

Now and until Saturday 3rd September 2022 – Burnley Town Centre Dinosaur Trail – a ‘roarsome’ activity is coming to Burnley Town Centre this summer, kicking off with a launch event on Saturday 23rd July, get ready for an epic dinosaur trail with prizes up for grabs. More details here Burnley Dinosaur Trail – This is a free event available Monday to Saturday

Friday 26th August to Sunday 28th August 2022 – The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival – one of the biggest blues festivals in the country takes place in Colne over the August bank holiday weekend – go her for full details

Tuesday 6th September 2022 – a Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walk – an easy walk of 8 miles led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers start and finish at Clitheroe, full details on this link Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks Summer 2022

Saturday 17th September 2022 – Lancashire Rail Rambler Walks – two walks in the Disley area led by the Lancashire Rail Ramblers. Walk 1 is a moderate 13 miles, walk 2 is a moderate walk of 8.5 miles – both walks start and finish at Disley. Click here for more details Rail Rambler Walks.


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