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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Table Top Sale

8:45AM - 1:00PM

Join us for a morning of trinkets and treasures at our fantastic table top sale. To book a table for £5 please get in touch. Doors open at 8.45 for visitors. 50p admission.

18th Mar 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.

20th Mar Read more

Tuesday Treat

2:30PM - 4:30PM

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

20th Mar Read more

Yin Yoga Class with Yvonne Patrick Yoga

7:15PM - 8:30PM

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

20th Mar 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.

21st Mar 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.

22nd 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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Recent news

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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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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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