Canalside Heritage Centre

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Canalside
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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 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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Hatha Yoga Class with Yvonne Patrick Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

​Join Yvonne Patrick for yoga in our beautiful Weir View Room.

21st Sep 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.

26th Sep 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.

27th Sep Read more

Hatha Yoga Class with Yvonne Patrick Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

​Join Yvonne Patrick for yoga in our beautiful Weir View Room.

28th Sep 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.

4th Oct Read more

Hatha Yoga Class with Yvonne Patrick Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

​Join Yvonne Patrick for yoga in our beautiful Weir View Room.

5th Oct 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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