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A number of regular events are beginning to restart after the pandemic and we will endeavour to cover those that are happening but please check as you may have to book a time slot at some venues.

Regular updates and any changes will be displayed here and other parts of the CRL website and via the @crl_live Twitter account.


People Enjoying Nature Sessions – Pendle Hill Landscape – opportunities to spend time in the Pendle Hill landscape over August & September. Some start at local railway stations and some are just a short walk away – more details on  

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

Now and going forward for 2021 – 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 Wednesday 22nd December 2021 – Manchester Christmas Markets – the famous Christmas markets are back following a toned down version last year – full details here: Manchester Christmas Markets

Now and until Monday 3rd January 2022 – Blackpool Illuminations – details of switch on times here

Now and until Monday 3rd January 2021 – Christmas By The Sea – Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland is being transformed into a breath-taking festive village with outdoor skating, simulated snowfalls, log cabins and lots more – limited opening times so check here for details: Christmas by the Sea

Now and until Sunday 9th January 2022 – Lancaster on Ice – award winning and internationally recognised Lancaster on Ice returns for the 2021 season to the historic Dalton Square, in the heart of Lancaster. Full details of times and costs here

Tuesday 30th November to Sunday 5th December 2021 – Christmas Fayre Week – Lytham Heritage Centre – buy original gifts by local artists and crafts people.

Friday 3rd December to Sunday 5th December 2021 – Holmes Mill Christmas Market – the ultimate, festive foodie and shopping experience. Meet local makers bringing with them handmade festive gifts and treats and indulge in our Holmes made festive street food. A free event – details here

Saturday 4th December 2021 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks – two guided walks in the Kendal area, walk 1 is a strenuous 13 miles starting and finishing at Kendal station and walk 2 is a moderately easy 8.5 miles starting at Staveley and finishing at Kendal. Full details on this link Rail Rambler Walks

Saturday 11th December 2021 – a Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walk – a moderate 10 mile walk starting and finishing at Clitheroe – full details on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks Autumn 2021

Tuesday 14th December 2021 – a Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walk – a moderate 9 mile walk starting at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire and finishing at Langho – full details on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks Autumn 2021


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