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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Animal Handling Sessions

11:00AM - 1:00PM

Join us in the Weir View Room for a unique and interactive animal handling session. Workshop facilitator, Brendan will be bringing lots of furry friends along to demonstrate to children how we can best look after animals and build awareness about the surrounding canal wildlife. Tickets are £4 per child for a one hour session. Booking essential, please call 0115 9221773.

19th 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.

19th Feb Read more

Canalside Kids Cinema Club: Zootropolis (PG)

11:00AM - 1:00PM

Join us for the second Canalside Kids Cinema Club with a screening of Zootropolis at 11am. We're celebrating all things animal this week and continuing on from our interactive animal handling session on Tuesday 19th, will be screening the animated animal-story, Zootropolis. This film is rated PG (approx. age 7+) Tickets cost £2.50 per person. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking, please call us on 0115 922 1773.

20th 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.

20th 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.

26th Feb Read more

Classic Film Club

2:00PM - 4:30PM

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

27th Feb 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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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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Canalside Shop

The gift shop at the Canalside Heritage Centre stocks the most unique and interesting products and where possible we source these from the local area. With its warm and inviting feel, you can find the perfect gift for a loved one or something to treat yourself.

12th Sep 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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