Lying deep in the heart of the beautiful Lancastrian countryside, the former cotton town of Colne is a wonderful destination to visit and explore. Sensitively restored from it’s industrial past and offering a perfect contrast between historic interest, cultural flair and stunning countryside, there’s little chance of running out of things to do in this vibrant little town. Here’s a run down of some of the most popular ways to spend some time while in Colne.
Enjoy Some Live Nightlife
Colne has a thriving music scene with performances to be found throughout the town any day of the week, be they in pubs, venues or even outside on a sunny day in one of the towns several parks. This has made it the home of Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival (Every August Bank Holiday Monday) where locals and visitors from across the country enjoy Britain’s largest festival of it’s kind in the town’s parks and venues. Colne has a wide variety of excellent restaurants and pubs that will cater for any taste, with many proudly sourcing their produce exclusively local.
An excellent example of how Colne has managed to appreciate it’s industrial heritage is the way that many of the former cotton mill structures have been rejuvenated. The Boundary Mill Stores is a leading example of this, with a large former mill having been developed into an Aladdin’s Cave of independent shops and businesses. Many of these are craft based with influences both local and from across the globe, making it a great place to seek out that something special and unique.
Take In A Show Or Museum
As well as it’s music scene and a lasting memento of when Colne was a thriving cotton town, the town still manages to support three independent theatres and is ranked as a major destination for touring shows. Having been around for over a hundred years you can be sure that the production will be perfectly presented in atmospheric and historic old buildings that were designed for their acoustic qualities. Likewise a romantic stroll through the town will inevitably lead to one of the town’s several museums that serve to highlight the fascinating history of the town and region.
Explore The Outdoors
The area around Colne is stunningly beautiful and makes for a wonderful place to walk or cycle. Tiny lanes and trails connect the surrounding villages – many of which have been in existence one way or another since Roman times. The canal makes for an excellent reference point to follow the valleys through the countryside, and helps allow for easy navigation and gentle ground suitable for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. The Pendle walking, cycling and heritage routes are fascinating to follow, taking in sites of local interest that explain the long and ancient history of the area.