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 and Tea

9:30AM - 11:00AM

Enjoy tea, toast, toys and singing with your little ones in the Weir View room every other Thursday morning from 9.30 am - 11 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.

23rd May Read more

Book Club

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Love reading, why not join our new book club? We meet monthly on Mondays. Call Christine on 07591 912092 for more information.

27th May Read more

Wander the Waterways

11:00AM - 2:30PM

Join us for a wander around Beeston’s waterways and discover some fascinating local stories and uncover some of the area’s natural beauty.

28th May 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.

29th May Read more

Friends Through Change Social Group

2:00PM - 4:00PM

Join this friendly social group for a drink and a chat every other Monday afternoon.

3rd Jun Read more

Wander the Waterways

11:00AM - 2:30PM

Join us for a wander around Beeston’s waterways and discover some fascinating local stories and uncover some of the area’s natural beauty.

4th 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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Recent news

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CHC's Apiary Team Update

As summer has turned to autumn and soon to winter, here's the latest update on how our bees have been getting on, from the CHC Apiary Team.

18th Oct 2019

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China Exhibition

Canalside Visions: Beijing to Beeston and back again

We crossed cultural landscapes with our last temporary exhibition in the Weir View Room, a partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Communication University of China.

21st Jun 2019

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CHC Bee Update

The latest bee news from our CHC Apiary team!

20th Jun 2019

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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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