Canalside Heritage Centre

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Come down and visit us at Beeston Lock, we are open seven days a week 9:15am - 4pm. 

Serving history, community and food

The Canalside Heritage Centre is a vibrant hub for visitors to enjoy and explore, with an enticing tea room, welcoming gift shop and interpretation centre, as well as tranquil gardens and lots of activities to delight in. 

Enjoy a walk along the river or the canal, either with one of our volunteer walk leaders or at your leisure. Look out for the many boats, enjoy the changing colours and sunshine on the water and enjoy the plentiful wildlife that can be found at any time of year.

Take a stroll along the canal to watch the boats, birds and unwind with the tranquillity of the still waters.

Our exhibitions can be enjoyed for a small fee and you can explore one of the original cottages, taking the twisty staircase upstairs to the Stories of the Cut gallery, filled with a collection of tantalising tales of life in the cottages and here on the canal. 

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Lino Cut Christmas Cards

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Come along and learn how to design, carve and print your own Christmas cards.

21st Nov Read more

Wander the Waterways

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Join us for a wander around Beeston’s waterways and discover some fascinating local stories and uncover some of the area’s natural beauty.

21st Nov Read more

Wander the Waterways

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Join us for a wander around Beeston’s waterways and discover some fascinating local stories and uncover some of the area’s natural beauty.

21st Nov Read more

Life Drawing Group

7:30PM - 9:30PM

Join our regular life drawing group, meet new friends and feel inspired in our beautiful heritage centre.

22nd Nov Read more

Christmas Songs Rock Choir

2:00PM - 4:30PM

Santa Claus is coming to town and he wants you to join us in the garden for a fantastic festive performance by Rock Choir that will have you rocking around the Christmas tree!

25th Nov Read more

Wander the Waterways

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Join us for a wander around Beeston’s waterways and discover some fascinating local stories and uncover some of the area’s natural beauty.

28th Nov Read more

Our story

Their current incarnation was the dream of a local man, living beneath them in a canal boat. 

Several years later, thanks to a team of passionate local people and successful funding, the historic cottages have become the Canalside Heritage Centre. A charity with the aim of providing an asset to the local community, a hub for local exploration and an educational facility.

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Would you like to join our team?

We are looking for a part time Education and Community Engagement Officer to join our team and help us to deliver our objectives with schools, informal learning and community engagement for our Heritage Lottery Funded project.

3rd Nov 2017

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Grand Opening Day

After nearly ten years of planning and work by an army of volunteers the Canalside Heritage Centre at Beeston Lock is opening its doors for the first time on Saturday 24th June, with a celebration centred on traditional entertainment.

21st Jun 2017

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Funders

Our funders, supporters and partneships

The Canalside Heritage centre is a charity, and this restoration project could never have been brought to fruition without the passionate work of many volunteers, and the financial support of many donors, including The Heritage Lottery Fund. We work in partnership with other local groups to provide opportunities for real people.

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