Canalside Heritage Centre

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Come visit us & see what's happening at our grand opening day 24th June 2017

Explore our heritage centre

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

This historic quartet of canal workers cottages were some of the first buildings in the local area, built as part of the Beeston Cut in 1796. Lived in successively by families and evolving over the years to suit their current needs, by 1980 they were abandoned and derelict. 

Uncover some of the fascinating stories

The garden provides space for visitors to relax and for local schools to grow flowers and vegetables. The Weir View Room provides space for public classes and activities that overlooks the river and opens out onto a rooftop terrace.

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

What's on

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Life Drawing Group

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

28th Jun Read more

Life Drawing Group

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

5th Jul Read more

Life Drawing Group

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

12th Jul Read more

Princesses & Pirates

Join local author Jonathan Emmet for two terrific tales.

15th Jul Read more

Life Drawing Group

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

19th Jul Read more

Life Drawing Group

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

26th Jul 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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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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