Famously the birthplace of the band master on the Titanic, Wallace Hartley, Colne has a statue monument to Wallace on the main high street. The town is a centre for live music with a great choice of live music pub and cafe venues which all host live acts during the internationally acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Festival at the end of August annually. Colne’s central Municipal Hall – The Muni is the main host venue for the R&B Festival and offers a eclectic mix of drama, music nights and concerts all year round.
Boundary Mill Stores
Discover great designer brands at discount prices of up to 75% at Boundary Mill Stores in Colne, right at the end of the M65 motorway on Vivary Way. Ladieswear brands are particularly well represented ranging from Hobbs and Planet to Jaeger. An excellent selection of quality shoe and accessories brands also feature in this mammoth designer outlet complex with restaurants and cafes on-site. Other departments represented include home furnishings, arts and crafts, gifts, china and glasswear. A huge M&S outlet is also interconnected and ample parking is adjacent.
The Muni Colne
An Edwardian theatre right in the heart of Colne on Albert Road, The Muni is a hub venue for live music and retains many of its original Edwardian features. A packed programme of themed music concerts, comedy, family shows and dance nights run year round at The Muni. The venue is also available to hire, holding up to 600 guests standing, with great back stage facilities and fully stocked bars in-house. Enjoy great Soul Nights at The Muni for a fantastic value price with non-stop dancing to classic Northern Soul and Mowtown tracks hosted by some of the best Soul DJs on the northern circuit.
The Great British R&B Festival in Colne
The Great British R&B Festival in Colne is held annually across the August Bank Holiday weekend and is internationally acclaimed, attracting big name Blues and R&B artists. Featuring a choice of stages from big headline acts on the International Stage to the more intimate acoustic and outdoor stages, The R&B Festival acts also appear in a host of Roadhouse venues including great long-standing Colne real ale inns like The Crown and The Admiral Lord Rodney.
Book tickets and accommodation for the Colne R&B Festival. Browse our great selection of B&B inns and holiday cottages in Colne, Earby, Barnoldswick and Trawden, all perfect for the Blues Festival. Extensive camping and caravan facilities are also available locally.
Foulridge Canal Cruises
Just to the north of Colne lies one of the prettiest stretches of the Leeds Liverpool Canal – Britain’s longest canal at 127 miles). Running between Barrowford and Barnoldswick, this stretch of the Leeds Liverpool takes in the Foulridge Tunnel and Wharf. Foulridge Wharf (clearly signposted of the A56) was built in 1796 and the historic warehouses alongside the canal here date a little later from 1815 and were once used to house raw American cotton which was then transported to local mills.
A car park sits adjacent to the Foulridge Wharf, and canal towpath walking from the wharf towards Barnoldswick or south to take in the historic Foulridge Tunnel is simply stunning. Foulridge Canal Cruises are based at Foulridge Wharf and offer a choice of canal cruises. A Georgian feat of engineering – The Foulridge Tunnel or ‘The Mile Tunnel’ is not to be missed and best taken in via one of the canal cruises. Foulridge Wharf also has a historic Lime Kiln on display. Pick up Canal Towpath walking leaflets from Pendle Heritage Centre or Colne Library.
Wycoller Country Park
Wycoller Country Park, as noted by the Brontes in their books, is one of the most beautiful Country Parks in Lancashire. Located just north of Colne, and bordering the Bronte Haworth Moors, the Bronte sisters referred to some of the nearby landmarks in books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Wycoller has many footpaths leading to local beauty spots such as Bank House, Wycoller Village, Wycoller Beck and the Wycoller Panopticon Walk leading up to the Atom sculpture . An information centre housed in a buiulding dating from the 1630s is at Aisled Barn.
Wycoller Hall, built at the end of the 16th century was the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Ferndean Manor’ in her novel ‘Jane Eyre’ and it was used to illustrate the 1898 edition. Charlotte Bronte also frequently visited Wycoller village when walking in the area. Wycoller Craft Centre & Tea Shop is situated within Wycoller Village.
Things to do in Earby & West Craven
To the north of Colne sits the pretty West Craven village of Earby with a small Lead Mining Museum clearly signposted off the A56 housed within an Old Grade II Listed Grammar School dating from around 1594. The building served as a school right up to 1910.
Earby village has one foot in the Yorkshire Dales and the other in Pennine Lancashire – the village borders both and is surrounded by spectacular countryside. The long 268 mile Pennine Way National Trail pushes up to the Dales very close to Earby and alongside Lothersdale and Earby, Lothersdale and Cowling all make excellent Pennine Way walker stop off points and accommodation bases.
Earby itself was not lead mining territory – the nearest lead mine was at Cononley. However, many Cornish miners headed up this way when lead mining was dwindling to work in the cotton mills and coal mines of Lancashire. The collection within the museum is one of the largest collections of Dales mining relics, with a selection of storyboards and numerous photographs detailing the history of lead mining in the area.
Katherine Bruce Glasier in Earby
Earby’s most famous local resident was Katherine Bruce Glasier who was one of the earliest members of the Independent Labour Party and close friend of George Bernard Shaw. Keir Hardy considered her the ‘mother of the ILP’ and in the early 1890s she was the only woman on the ILP’s National Administrative Council. She lived in Glen Cottage in Earby, from the 1920s to her death in 1950 at 82. The cottage is now a small Earby Hostel surrounded by spectacular countryside and affording easy access onto the Pennine Way, the Pendle Way and Lancashire Cycleway.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.