canalside heritage centre



WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER 7.00pm-8.30pm

Please join us in a heritage themed festive sing-along and lantern walk to help raise funds for this great restoration project

Wintery hot refreshments will be available to aid thee warm thy cockles  


we want to hear your views


Hello to all our followers old and new.

Exciting times at CHC everything is in full flow now we have the Contractors on site. Bonsers started on the 11th July and getting stuck in, scaffold up and roof stripped off. Our volunteers were on hand to pull a barge into the Old Lock laden with their steel site cabins which gave us the first chance to use the Barge to pull materials across the canal. It worked brilliantly and if you go to our face book page you will see a video of the epic venture.

A lot of new people now coming on board to help out with all different aspects of the Project which is fantastic as we rely completely on Volunteers to help, fetch and carry to keep costs down as we are still on a very tight budget.

 Please download our flyer from our website front page for information about our Heritage Open day at the Boat and Horses on the 10th September with our new hosts Jen and Dean. Thanks to our great team for putting this together. Following feedback we are having boat trips on the Trent again arranged by the Notts CC Narrowboat Project thanks to Debra Porter. Tickets (free) will be available from 10:30am at the Boat and Horses, CHC Info stand in the function on the day, come early so you are not disappointed first trip at 11:00am. Then at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Look out for ‘SHRECK’ the workhorse who will be accompanying visitors to the site for tours and for boat trips.

Any enquiries, please email 


Dear Canalside Heritage Centre Supporter,

We are moving ever closer to starting the exciting job of renovating the lock cottages and in order to get the area ready for this we need your help on site.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the following jobs:

  •  General cleaning and clearing
  • Removing the pebble dash from the outside walls
  • Reclaiming and cleaning the bricks from the old wall that collapsed a couple of years ago
  • Removal of internal plaster to museum cottage
  • Cleaning the existing floor.

High visibility clothing and hard hats will be supplied as well as tools but you will need good sturdy footwear. If you have your own hard hats and high viz clothing please bring along on the day.

What to do if you are Interested

Please e-mail or call our Chair Stewart Craven and let him know if you are available to help on a weekday, at weekends or both. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Tel: 07973 331518  


The Beeston Cut is a small but important link between the Nottingham Canal and the River Trent, with a rich history and place in the hearts of the local community.

The disused cottages adjacent to the lock house are important and are among the most historic buildings on the canal, and a groundswell of interest has emerged to see them returned to their former glory for the benefit of the community.

The trust has now been successful in obtaining the full funding required in order to start the project, which will include:

  • Heritage Museum and Exhibition Gallery
  • Resource Centre for use by schools and community groups
  • Community Café with space for outside tables
  • Cycle Hire facilities
  • Allotments for schools to grow their own produce

It is anticipated that the proposed Heritage Centre will attract, inform and educate current and future generations about the historical significance of this very unique and beautiful region.

lottery funded