Canalside Heritage Centre

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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.

24th Apr Read more

Tuesday Treat

2:30PM - 4:30PM

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

24th Apr Read more

Yin Yoga Class with Yvonne Patrick Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

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

24th Apr 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 Apr Read more

Teenies, Toast & Tea

9:30AM - 11:30AM

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

26th 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.

26th Apr 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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Bees

April at the CHC Apiary

​Here at the CHC apiary we’ve been monitoring the hive over the winter and witnessing the occasional flying bee, and checking they had enough food stores. Now with the temperature in our sunny garden spot approaching 14 degrees centigrade we opened up the bee hive for the first time to have a look at how our small colony of honey bees had coped with the harsh winter months.

8th Apr 2018

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Light Night Website

Enchanted Water: Light Night 2018

CHC teamed up with partner organisations to light up the canal basin at this year's Light Night celebrations

27th Feb 2018

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Chc Opening Day 24Th June 17 Julian Owen Canon 10 Red 002

Would you like to join our team?

We are currently recruiting for people to join our front of house team this year. Part time hours, including weekends, national living wage.

3rd Nov 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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