Saturday 4th July 2015

The Ouseburn Festival starts on Saturday 4th July with events all around the valley, including lots of family activities. One of the biggest highlights of Saturday is NARC. Fest, the multi-venue extravaganza of music.

Pony-themed fun

From 9.00am to 5.00pm Stepney Bank Stables

Face painting (50p), pony themed worksheets/crafts, and ‘pony parlour.’

Family fun at the Farm

10.00am to 5.00pm Ouseburn Farm

Fun at Ouseburn Farm.There are fun activities and events for all throughout the day.

  • Farmers workshop
  • Face Painting
  • Animal petting
  • Green Fingers workshop
  • Musicians/buskers around the farm
  • Cafe open for hot and cold food and drinks

Children’s Sticker Art workshops

11am to 3pm on the green between The Ship and Ouseburn Farm

A sticker-ful art experience in the sun – with an Alice in Wonderland theme this year – for everyone who likes to make crowns, create new creatures, and dress up. And for those who don’t think they do! Free drop-in event. Costumes can be worn in the Sunday Parade.

Hotspur School Summer Fair

2.00pm to 4.00pm at Hotspur School

Stalls, bouncy castle, face-painting, food, raffle and more.

Reggae All Day

2pm to 1am at the Tower Cafe

with Calculus, Twinting, Rob Organ, Sub C Selector, Crammy, Tiffin, DJ Siam, Jeggo + live music from Michael Lion and the Defenders.

Frabjous Day

2.00pm to 01.00am North Wing @ Uptin House

  • Unplugged music in the garden 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Spoken word performance 5.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Music performances 9.00pm – 11.00pm
  • DJ sets 11.00pm – 1.00am
  • Gigs on Sunday to include The Moonshine Stragglers plus bar and food, including pizzas from our outdoor clay oven.

Alice’s Adventure in the Ouseburn

3.30pm to 5.30pm at The Cumberland Arms

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for All Ages

Come sip tea (or juice) and nibble on jam tarts at an ever changing table of delights with real characters straight from the pages of Lewis Carol’s classic tale, with treasures to find and songs to sing and games to play, what a whimsical way to while away a summer afternoon.

Presented in conjunction with Precious Cargo Theatre Company and The Ouseburn Festival.

Victoria Tunnel taster tours

3.30pm to 5pm – collect free tickets from Arch 6 and take to the Tunnel entrance

People in Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn.Short (40 minutes) guided tours of the underground Victorian waggonway from between 3.30pm and 5pm on Saturday 4th July, and between 1pm and 4.30pm on Sunday 5th July. Collect your free ticket for a timed tour from Arch 6 on the day.

Transport in Ouseburn

12 noon to 4pm at Ouseburn Trust, Arch 6

Exhibition of photographs by local man, the late Davey Pearson, featuring Ouseburn and the Quayside photos; and Changing Byker, a display of photos by Richard Blosse, accompanied by snippets from the Trust’s Oral History Archive. Watch a short film about what 8-year old Jenny loved about living and playing in the Ouseburn Valley 100 years ago, and pick up a leaflet so you can explore for yourself what has changed and what is still the same.

A new exhibition of twenty-five images from the Davey Pearson Photo Archive celebrating different ways of getting around the Valley as well as the photographer’s own interest in classic cars and motorbikes. Find out how Ouseburn Trust volunteers are progressing with cataloguing this collection of 60,000 images.

Traditional sailing boats

Moored near Seven Stories and the Cluny on both the Saturday and Sunday.

The North East Maritime Trust from South Shields bring their traditional Northumberland sailing coble Royal Diadem II and Whitburn salmon boat to the Ouseburn.

NARC. Fest 2015

NARC. Fest 2015 logo.Various venues from 6.30pm onwards. Find out more…

A free musical extravaganza at various venues in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley! Curated by alternative music and culture magazine, NARC., in conjunction with some of the region’s best live music promoters.