Canalside Heritage Centre

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Come down and visit us at Beeston Lock, we are open seven days a week 9:30am - 4:30pm. 

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. 

What's on

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Wander the Waterways

11:00AM - 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.

11th Dec 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.

12th Dec Read more

Dickensian Christmas Ghost Tales

7:30PM - 9:00PM

Join Madame Parboiled at the Canalside Heritage Centre for an evening of festive frights. Tickets cost £12 per person and include an excellent cream tea made fresh on the premises. This event is not for children under the age of 12. To book tickets please visit the Heritage Centre or

13th Dec Read more

Breakfast with Santa

9:00AM - 10:00AM

​Join Santa at the Canalside Heritage Centre for a delicious full English breakfast.

15th Dec Read more

Canalside Kids Cinema Club

12:00PM - 3:00PM

Visit the Canalside Heritage Centre this Christmas for a screening of 'Elf'. Elf is a hilarious family-friendly Christmas classic starring Will Ferrel and tells the tale of an unusual elf, who, after spending his childhood in the North pole, travels to New York in search of his real father. We will be running a drop-in Christmas craft workshop from 12 pm before the film starts at 1.30pm. Tickets cost £2 per person. Total running time is 1 hour 37 minutes. All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Elf has a PG certificate rating. Booking essential, please call the Canalside Heritage Centre on 0115 922 1773 to reserve your space.

15th Dec Read more

Breakfast with Santa

9:00AM - 10:00AM

Join Santa at the Canalside Heritage Centre for a delicious full English breakfast.

16th Dec 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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Canalside Shop

The gift shop at the Canalside Heritage Centre stocks the most unique and interesting products and where possible we source these from the local area. With its warm and inviting feel, you can find the perfect gift for a loved one or something to treat yourself.

12th Sep 2018

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Autumn in the CHC Apiary

We thank the bees for the 21 lbs of honey they’ve produced for us this Summer and now it’s time for the bees and beekeepers to prepare for winter.

5th Sep 2018

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Summer Fair 2018

Fantastic Summer Fair

Our first Summer Fair was a huge success with over 900 people visiting and enjoying the stalls and games on offer.

19th Aug 2018

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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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