Interested in learning more about the area? Why not join us on one of our guided walks for a lovely afternoon stroll and a chance to discover the history and importance of places you walk past every day.


Assemble at the Lakeside Pavilion.
The walk:
We will begin by looking at the adjoining parks (University Park and Highfields). Jesse Boot bought the Highfields estate in 1919 and divided it into two. The largest part was Highfields which Boot gave as a gift to Nottingham City Council. The smaller park (about 30 acres) was University Park, where Boot funded the magnificent Trent Building, opened in 1928 by King George V and Queen Mary. The walk will include discussion of the buildings (both present and past) in the area, the lake, the Chinese statues, the Trent and Portland buildings, and Boot’s abortive attempt to build a model village. We shall visit the site of the Deserted Medieval Village of Keighton. Mention will be made of the lido and the tearoom, both of which were demolished in 1980s. Boot’s model village idea and his levelling of the playing fields down to the river will be noted. We shall walk up to Trent Building and in the process comment on Portland Building before returning to Lakeside where the walk will end. 

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When: Sunday 29 May, 2022
Where: 2:30pm, Lakeside Pavilion

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours
Members of Beeston Civic Society: FREE!
Members of Beeston Local History Society: FREE!
Non-members: Are very welcome indeed – all we ask is for a donation to be made (suggested £3, but pay what you can afford).

Getting there:
Public transport
The NET tram, NCT 34 bus, and Indigo bus all stop very near Lakeside Pavilion.
Car
There are no parking restrictions on a Sunday, but spaces are limited.

Refreshments and facilities:
Available at Lakeside Centre.

Follow your own self-guided walk via the TrailTail app