Canalside Heritage Centre

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Come down and visit us at Beeston Lock, we are open seven days a week 9:15am - 4pm. 

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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Enchanted Waters

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Join us in the city centre to celebrate Light Night. Working in partnership the Heritage Centre will be part of the enchanted display on the canal. Explore images of the canal in days gone by, historic film footage, and the amazing atmosphere of the canal in darkness.

23rd Feb Read more

Discovering the Historic Decor of your Home

11:00AM - 1:30PM

Join Peter Saunders and find out how historians can uncover the history of homes and buildings through the decoration and design. Learn some tricks of the trade to find out how your home might have looked once, and listen to the fascinating story of Peters own home in which he has diligently recreated its earlier history. Discover some of the secrets of our very own canalside heritage centre wall paper and its astonishing counterpart... A welcoming hot drink on arrival, followed by a delicious two course lunch and a glass of wine after the lecture. Booking essential 01559 221773 tickets £25.

26th Feb 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.

27th Feb Read more

Yin Yoga Class with Yvonne Patrick Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

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

27th Feb 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.

28th Feb Read more

Lino Cut Spring Prints

10:00AM - 2:30PM

Come along and learn how to design, carve and print your own designs. This workshop is suitable for all levels, those just starting out, and those who wish to develop their skills.

1st Mar 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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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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Grand Opening Day

After nearly ten years of planning and work by an army of volunteers the Canalside Heritage Centre at Beeston Lock is opening its doors for the first time on Saturday 24th June, with a celebration centred on traditional entertainment.

21st Jun 2017

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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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