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Something For The Weekend XCIX

Although there is due to be a slight lifting of the lock down on Monday 15th June 2020 there will still be a lot of events either cancelled or postponed, museums and art galleries closed and social distancing still in place. There is still a great number of children and adults alike that are looking for activities and there is no better time to get creative at home.


Community Rail Lancashire along with a number of other CRPs, train operating companies, Network Rail and other non-railway businesses have pulled together activities that can be done at home during these difficult times. Not all the activities are rail related but most are aimed at entertaining children, some for younger ones with adult supervision, and some for older children and adults.

Click the highlighted links below:

BackTrack – an anti-trespassing video competition aimed at reducing the number of incidents on the railway

Tales From DalesRail – a call for stories, anecdotes and tales from this iconic service – the site to encourage STEM activity

Your Station has a History – help gather information for your station’s history poster

Creative at Home with CRL – six short animations with ideas to try at home.

Activities at Home – the repository of CRL’s educational activities to try at home.

Be A Gem – a CRL project that uses a downloadable template that can be used to create art work that may eventually get displayed at a station across the Lancashire area.

STEM Activities – some fun science activities that you can TRY AT HOME!

From a Railway Carriage – an introduction to poetry for children (downloads a Microsoft Word document).

Rainbow & Train Drawing – for younger children, a Northern PDF to download, print and colour in and send back to for sharing via their social media channels.

Stay Safe With Thomas – a Network Rail safety story – read the book then answer the comprehension questions here: Comprehension Test

Network Rail Activities – a host of safety based activities for children of all ages.

Young Great Westerners Activities – activities aimed at young children by our friends at Great Western Railway.

ScotRail Activities – children’s entertainment from our friends north of the border.

Kids in the Kitchen –  a YouTube project with Preston’s The Larder (Lancashire and Region Dietary Education Resource) to get children learning about cooking with downloadable easy to follow recipes.

Bluebell Railway Activities for Children – Britain’s first preserved railway has a number activities aimed at children that can be done at home.

We are sure that there is plenty more of this sort of activity out there – and we are happy to add any activities to our pages to help promote your websites. Just let us know on and we will give it a push on Twitter and add to our pages on and