2024 Dates for Your Diary 

SUN 19 MAY – ‘Birds are singing’ – Mike Spencer – Attenborough Nature Reserve @ 10 am

  • This Springtime walk takes us around our remarkable Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Learn about the reserve and look and listen out for all the birds that have spent the winter months in Sub-Saharan Africa. They’ll be singing at the tops of their voices to attract a mate – welcoming the warmth of summer and new life across the reserve.

SUN 23 JUN – ‘Blue Plaques 2’ – Alan Dance & Peter Robinson Beeston Square Bandstand @ 2pm

  • A new circular walk around the east side of Beeston exploring more of Beeston’s Illustrious predecessors. Lasting about two hours it will take in: The Ten Bell, on the way to Broadgate Park and Sir Louis Frederick Pearson, before moving on to pioneering weather researcher, astronomer and botanist Edward Joseph Lowe, the engineer Thomas Humber, the innovative chemist and explosives expert Colonel Brian Duncan Shaw, Beeston Station, actor and entertainer William Wallett. We should end with the Rev John Clifford at Church House Nursery.

SUN 14 JUL – ‘Ghost House Revisited’ – Alan Dance –Eskdale Drive Tram Stop @ 2pm

  • Starting and finishing at the Eskdale tram stop – This short walk (about a mile) will be along the roads and paths around the area where Chilwell’s “Ghost House” once stood. Reputedly haunted, it is also believed to have been the scene of a murder when a pedlar, who regularly visited the area, went missing after spending the night at the house and was never seen again.

The walk will use some of the steps possibly taken by the pedlar on his last fateful journey, almost 200 years ago. Other points of local history will also be pointed out en-route.

SAT 17 AUG – ‘The  Attenborough Legacy’ – Gary Smerdon-White – End of ‘The Strand’ former entrance to Nature Reserve @ 10 am

  • Mammoths, civil war, and explosions – it seems such a quiet village.

In a gentle stroll find out more about the village’s archaeology, its prehistoric settlement, its Anglo-Saxon and Norman roots, its links with the rulers of England, its economic history from farming to mineral extraction, the ‘explosion’, the heritage in the conservation area and the history of the station.

The walk will start at the corner of The Strand at the old entrance into the nature reserve and finish at the new mural at the Station.

If you’ve got your own stories about the village you’ll be asked to share them – there’s a lot to find out about!

SUN 08 SEP – Heritage Walk – ‘Our Town / Your place’ – Prof John Beckett – Beeston Square Bandstand @ 2pm

  • Long-term resident, new to our area or simply visiting you’ll find out more about Beeston by joining this new look at our old buildings, history and features that add to the rich character of our area. This is a circular walk starting and finishing at the Bandstand

***SUN 15 SEP – Heritage Walk 2 – ‘Cottage Grove Estate’ – Prof John Beckett  – Park Road Chilwell op Chequers Pub @ 2pm

  • The Cottage Grove Conservation area dates from 1848 when it was laid out as a Freehold Land Estate. It was subsequently built up around the four streets (originally West Gate and East Gate, North and South Gate, and the first building was the Hop Pole.

The walk will be a general stroll around the area with an explanation of the layout of the area and some of the houses.

Note that this walk can be linked with a lecture to the Beeston and District Local History Society on 18 September at 7.30 in Chilwell Memorial Hall 

SUN 13 OCT – ‘Trees – what lives here?’ – Helene Laanest – Beeston Square Bandstand @ 2pm

  • This entirely new walk will examine local tree species, what lives in, on and near to them. Staring in Beeston Square the route takes us to the church yard (Yew, silver birch, Austrian or Scots pine & more), then to a little park, The Willows on Dovecote Lane (Elder, beech, red flowering currant, holly & more) and finally down to the Hetley Pearson recreation ground (Hornbeam, alder buckthorn, field maple & more).

These events are open to everyone – ‘Free to members’ – ‘what you can afford’ donationsfrom everyone else wishing to come along.

  • Starting point for most walks is The Bandstand in Beeston Square unless otherwise stated
  • Alternative Starting points / Times are indicated in bold typeface
  • Routes are generally easy walking and accessible
  • Suitable clothing and footwear are recommended

**Joint Event with Beeston History Society

Beeston Civic Society – Be more civic