Canalside Heritage Centre

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Canalside
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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. 

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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

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.

24th Jul Read more

Tuesday Treat

2:30PM - 4:30PM

Cheer up your Tuesday with a piece of cake and a hot drink.

24th Jul 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.

25th Jul Read more

Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

Join Yvonne Patrick for a friendly yoga session in our restful Weir View Room. £8.50 drop in, £42 for 6 weeks (can be taken over 8).

26th Jul 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

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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Hive of Activity

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

29th Jun 2018

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Job Opportunity - Visitor Assistant

We are currently recruiting for a person to join our front of house team. Part time hours including weekends, National Living Wage.

27th May 2018

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World Bee Day 2018L

A Wonderful World Bee Day

It was a lovely day of sunshine, bee and honey conversations, and fun. The local bee keepers were out in force explaining how bee keeping works, and how to encourage the bee population. We had a demonstrator hive and lots of fun activities for families.

27th May 2018

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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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