film in colne

Colne is a hilltop town equidistant from both Manchester and Leeds (around an hour by car).  It sits in a wild upland Pennine landscape and was used in both an iconic Hovis ad in the 80s and also in The Every Sperm is Sacred number in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.  This little town is known locally as Bonnie Colne on th’ill with a handsome Victorian High Street and its ranks of terraced housing snaking down both sides of the ridge on which it sits.  Colne is where the story of the Pendle Witches began and was home to Titanic bandleader and hero, Wallace Hartley.

historic assets

  • Colne Town Hall
  • Terraced Streets
  • St Bartholomew’s Church and School
  • Black Horse Yard
  • The Muni
  • Shackleton Hall

Our Rural Backdrop

Colne is 80% rural, so whether you need to film moorland, copses, fields with dry stone walls and even medieval vaccary stones, these surround Colne on almost every side, the exception being its border with Nelson.


  • Alkincoats Park: a 35 acre park which boasts a beautiful Local Nature Reserve, acres of magnificent woodland, two bowling greens, a traditional pavilion café andan open air bandstand.
  • Ball Grove Park: Once the site of the largest light tanneries in Europe, Ball Grove Park retains its a millpond and lake, and seven hectares of woodland. Colne Water flows through the park and is an important freshwater habitat for wildlife.
  • Gib Hill Nature Reserve: Pendle’s largest reserve consists of acres of upland grassland, dotted with copses, containing a complex tapestry of meadow species, including rare orchids.

Nearby - Wycoller

Wycollar is an historic settlement dating back beyond 1,000BC. It has close links with the Brontës, and Charlotte is thought to have been a frequent visitor. In 1973 the then derelict village was saved from the threat of being submerged by a reservoir and the surrounding 350 acres of farmland were designated a Country Park. Wycoller has several unusual architectural features, including seven small bridges (one prehistoric) that cross Wycoller Beck, and an 18th-century five-aisled barn and the ruins of Wycoller Hall (thought to be the inspiration for the fictional Ferndean Manor).


Nearby - panopticon

Pendle’s Panopticon, Atom, is both a striking contemporary viewing point and shelter from which to enjoy Pendle’s glorious scenery. From inside, its circular viewing spaces frame spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.


nearby - the leeds-liverpool canal

We are proud of our textile history here in Colne, and, like many former mill towns across the East Lancashire area, the canal played an important part in that history. The stretch of canal through Pendle features the Listed Barrowford Locks, the mile long Foulridge Tunnel and an wends its way through lush countryside.

our independent high street

A charming home to musicians, artists, independent business owners, jam makers and great bakers, this homely, quirky town that is brimming with independent shops and businesses. Colne’s High Street (and side streets) are a treasure trove of places to discover, with stunning, majestic views every few steps– it’s the little town that time forgot, with three theatres and plentiful FREE parking throughout the town.

drive times

  • Preston – 31 miles, 50 minutes
  • Leeds – 33 miles, 1 hr 20 minutes
  • Liverpool – 58 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Manchester – 35 miles – 1 hour


Colne has a mixture of accommodation across the town for cast and crews. Get in touch with us and we will help you find the perfect place to stay for a range of budgets. 

support from colne bid

Colne’s Business Improvement District that is dedicated to make the town a better place to work, to shop, to live and to play. They will be more than happy to help you with your filming enquiries and will be able to make suggestions for your location ideas.

Contact Details
Aneesa McGladdery
Colne BID Manager

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