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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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.

18th Jun Read more

Classic Film Club

2:00PM - 4:30PM

The Canalside Heritage Centre and Beeston Rylands Community Association present the Classic Film Club

19th Jun 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.

19th Jun Read more

Teenies, Toast and Tea

9:30AM - 11:30AM

Enjoy tea, toast, toys and singing with your little ones in the Weir View room every Thursday morning from 9.30 am - 11.30 am. Admission is £1.50 for one adult and up to three children. Any groups above that size are charged at an additional rate of £1.50 per person. Please note Teenies, Toast and Tea does not run during school half-terms and holidays.

20th Jun Read more

Summer Fete

12:00PM - 4:00PM

Join us as we celebrate our 2nd anniversary of opening with a fantastic Summer Fete for all the family.

22nd Jun Read more

An Introduction to Medieval Timber Framed Buildings

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Jason Mordan, Senior Practitioner - Historic Buildings for Nottinghamshire County Council, will be giving an introduction to medieval timber framed buildings.

24th Jun 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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First hive inspection of 2019

Unseasonably warm February weather for our bees!

4th Mar 2019

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Heritage Open Day activities

What's on at CHC

There's lots of events and activities coming up at the Canalside Heritage Centre for you to get involved with!

1st Feb 2019

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Christmas Raffle

The lucky winners in our Christmas Raffle!

20th Dec 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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