CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Something For The Weekend 100 – A Special Edition

Although there are still restrictions in place with the ongoing Covid pandemic the railway industry and community rail partners are looking at ways of encouraging passengers back to using the train. The Rail Delivery Group would like us to ‘Head Out to Help Out’ and there are events and other attractions that may well tempt people out.

Outdoor events such as farmers markets and other speciality markets in some places are back up and running and as long you practice safe social distancing are well worth a visit to buy locally produced goods. Many museums and art galleries are now opening again but with reduced hours and timed slots that must be booked in advance.

If you want to explore the diverse towns and activities across Lancashire on your own, then you can get to most places by train – just remember your face coverings unless, of course you are exempt and to buy your ticket before boarding the train.

Have a look below to see if you fancy making a ‘Beeline for the Station’ or ‘Discovering Amazing Women by Train’ along with some other suggestions from Community Rail Lancashire to help you explore Lancashire by train.


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 skills on a Bechstein grand piano? All abilities and styles welcome, no experience required, no pressure to play or just come along to listen! These are free events held in Clitheroe Library between 13:00 – 15:30.

Last weekend of every month – Ormskirk Speciality Markets, great family days out with free entertainment, activities and demonstrations – visit for full details. Fancy a stall at one of the events then ring 01695 571328 or email to book a space.

Now and going forward for 2020 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, a gallery with a showcase of great North-Western artistic talent – more details on

Now and until Saturday 6th March 2021 – William Morris Wallpaper, a DesignLab Nation Exhibition, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery hosts a new display of wallpaper with samples on loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum. A free exhibition with full details on this link; William Morris Wallpaper.

Now and until February 2021 – Hidden Gems Photography Exhibition, ‘Hidden Gems’ is a photography project that has involved local schools, community groups and charities. A wide range of people have explored their local areas and worked with artists to discover and share the hidden gems in their neighbourhoods. In Liverpool we have partnered with Crisis to create some artwork for Moorfields Station. In celebration of the work we are very pleased to be exhibiting at Avenue HQ, Mann Island in Liverpool. Please come down and take a look!

Clitheroe Castle Museum has now reopened but booking is essential. Opening hours are 11:00 to 16:00 (last entry 15:15) Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun. Details of how to book on


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 an Arriva Rail North Seedcorn Grant, 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