CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


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.


Friday 3rd September 201 to Monday 3rd January 2022 – Blackpool Illuminations – details of switch on times here

Wednesday 8th September 2021 (13:00) to Sunday 12th September 2021 (16:00) – St. Anne’s September Spectacular – more details here:

Saturday 11th September 2021 – World Fireworks Championships – Blackpool Sea Front (North Pier), build up from 19:30 fireworks at 20:00 – more details here

Saturday 18th September 2021 – Rail Rambler walks – two walks led by volunteers from  the Lancashire Rail Ramblers both starting/finishing at Grange-over-sands – the first is a strenuous 11 miles and the second is a moderately easy 7 miles – details here: Rail Rambler Walks

Tuesday 5th October 2021 – The Lord of Bowland’s Tenth Annual Lecture, this year’s lecture – Maps, Mines and Minerals: 25,000 years of Bowland history – will be delivered by Dr Nick Riley MBE, C. Geol. online starting at 19:00 – full details of the lecture and how to book on this link Lord of Bowland Lecture 2021

Saturday 9th Octeober 2021 – a Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walk  – a moderate 9 mile walk starting at Colne and finishing at Nelson, led by volunteers from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – details here: Community Rail Lancashire Guided 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 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