Canalside Heritage Centre

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Explore our heritage centre

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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Teenies, Toast & Tea

9:30AM - 11:30AM

Enjoy tea and toast with your little ones in the Weir View Room!

19th Apr Read more

Family Games

10:30AM - 3:00PM

Join us for family games day in our beautiful walled garden. We have giant connect 4, ring toss, skittles and much more. Take one of our score sheets and keep a tally of who's winning! The winner will receive one of our special Canalside Heritage Centre certificates! All ages welcome. Activities are free but we welcome donations

31st Jul Read more

Table Top Sale

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Join us for our fantastic table top sale and browse local made gifts and second-hand goods. To book a table get in touch, £5. Doors open at 10am for visitors. 50p admission.

19th Aug Read more

Crafts at Canalside

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Join us for an evening adult craft group at the Canalside Heritage Centre and access a wide range of rewarding craft projects all for only £5 per session. Our first session will be the printmaking technique of Lino Cut and you will be able to take your own designs home. This adult craft evening will take place monthly on Monday evenings. Call the Canalside Heritage Centre on 0115 922 1773 or email to book your place. Spaces are limited to 12 per session.

20th Aug Read more

Nature Week

10:30AM - 3:00PM

We're celebrating all things nature at the CHC this week! Make creepy crawly bugs using different craft materials, and beautiful butterfly wall hangings to take home! Activities are free but we welcome donations.

21st Aug Read more

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.

21st Aug 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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Recent news

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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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CHC's First Honey Harvest

Saturday was an exciting day for all those involved with the apiary at the heritage centre - it was our first harvesting day!

25th Jul 2018

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Hive of Activity

The CHC Apiary goes from strength to strength as the summer progresses.

29th Jun 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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