Project Information

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Panopticons and its accompanying community and education programme (Land): Involved over 22,700 local people, 47 schools, 366 teachers, 46 community organisations and over 100 volunteers in practical environmental projects Employed 139 artists, architects, designers and arts organisations Generated 208 construction jobs, 46 work weeks for businesses and 81 for creative industry professionals Supported 69 Pennine Lancashire businesses, 21 regional and 23 national businesses Created 2 jobs Safeguarded 2 jobs.


Pennine Lancashire's Panopticons are a unique series of 21st century landmarks.

Panopticon (noun) structure, space or device providing a comprehensive or panoramic view

They were designed to attract visitors into the countryside to enjoy the stunning landscapes that this delightful area has to offer. Each Panopticon is situated on a high-point site commanding spectacular views.

From Colourfields, in Blackburn's Corporation Park, you can enjoy a widespread panorama of the park below, with the town beyond and distant views out towards Lytham, Southport and Fleetwood.

From Singing Ringing Tree, on Crown Point above Burnley, look north for a superb view of Pendle Hill or east for a glimpse of the Cliviger wind turbines on the Yorkshire border. In between there is a panoramic overview of Burnley, with the famous Turf Moor football stadium at its centre. On a clear day you can see the Bowland Fells, Pendle, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Great Whernside.

From Atom, nestling on the hillside high above Wycoller village, there are breathtaking views of the Pendle landscape all around, including the historic settlement of Wycoller, now a conservation area.

From Halo, the centrepiece of a former landfill site on Top o' Slate above Haslingden, you can enjoy commanding views of the Rossendale Valley, Greater Manchester and into Hyndburn, Burnley and Ribble Valley.

Further information can also be found on the Visit Lancashire Panopticons pages. You can also download various maps and guides for walking around the Panopticons and other areas of interest here.


"These Panopticons will be assets for Pennine Lancashire. Through them you will be able to see the beauty of the region and also the future of this region." Anthony Wilson, Project Champion

"People are enjoying the quirky originality of the Panopticons and at the same time discovering the beautiful countryside around them. They are taking pride in showing them off to visitors. I see the Panopticons as being a relaunch of the 'can do' creativity of this wonderful part of the world." Wayne Hemingway, Project Champion


Current Events

  • Panopticons - Halo
    Panopticons - Halo
    The Halo is an artwork set on the expended landfill site (or top 'o' slate) overlooking the town of Haslingden in Rossendale, positioned to be clearly visible from the M66 and A56 approach to Lancashire.
  • Panopticons - Singing Ringing Tree
    Panopticons - Singing Ringing Tree
    The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree, set in the landscape of the Pennines overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire.
  • Panopticons - Colourfields
    Panopticons - Colourfields
    In Blackburn's Corporation Park you can enjoy a widespread panorama of the Park below, with town beyond and distant views out towards Lytham, Southport and Fleetwood.
  • Panopticons - Atom
    Panopticons - Atom
    Atom nestles on the edge of grassy knoll close to the Haworth Road Car Park, high above the valley floor. The structure representing a molecule bears some resemblance to a sea-worn pebble.