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If you haven’t visited Colne recently you’re really in for a treat, this Britain in Bloom town is bursting with new, trendy independent businesses that are perfect for gifts and cool household interiors. Add to this is the impressive Boundary Mill Stores, one of the North’s biggest stores of its type, and you’re in shopping heaven. There are also a number of great eateries. If you want to entertain your entire family then you can’t beat this small town that packs a punch! Why not burn your way around 360 metres of track at Prestige Karting.
When the evening comes Colne, with its three theatres, offers some stunning entertainment. One of the venues, the Colne Muni, plays host to The Pendle Beer Festival at the start of the year, as well as one of country’s biggest and best blues festivals in the country, the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival every August Bank Holiday.
Another annual event, the Colne Grand Prix Cycle Race in mid July, is one of the best in the country. Colne is a proud town, home to heroes such as gold medalist Steven Burke and famous Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley. The latter is featured in the fascinating Colne Heritage Trail. The town is a great start point for Pendle Cycling routes and Pendle Walking routes. There is a Visitors Guide to the town which can be downloaded from www.visitpendle.com
Alongside its great range of independent shops the town boasts many great venues culturally and food wise, The Venue with its live music scene. This great foodie element to the town has led to the setting up of an annual Colne Food Festival, which showcases local venues and produce. Fashion and Interior design is also to the fore in the town at places like Live Like The Boy and The White Room. For a more extensive range of shops www.visitcolne.com
Also keeping you entertained in the town are its three amazing theatres including Colne Muni, The Little Theatre, and Pendle Hippodrome. The latter has seen a number of famous youngsters progress to the big time, including Lee Ingleby, and Strictly and Coronation Street Star, Natalie Gumede.
Colne is a great town, but also offers access to some stunning countryside too. Wycoller is home to a beautiful country park and was visited frequently by the famous authors, the Bronte sisters. “Ferndean Manor” from “Wuthering Heights” novel is said to have been modelled on Wycoller Hall, now a beautiful ruin. The Halls previous owne, Squire Cunliffe, is said to have killed his wife and some report seing him as the ghostly “spectral horseman” that rides around the village. Nearby is Foulridge and Laneshaw Bridge. All are visitor gems in their own right. Foulridge for its historic canalside buildings and boat rides. Picturesque Laneshaw Bridge, and Trawden, where many a walker starts his ascent of Boulsworth Hill. These villages are featured in the “Three Villages Walk”.
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