Lots to see, hear, do, eat, drink – and enjoy! Highlights include the Festival Parade from The Cycle Hub up towards Ouseburn Farm, the Rubber Duck Race, the Summer Graze on Malmo Quay, live music on the Festival Stage during the afternoon, and finishing with late music at the Cumberland Reel.
Festival Market and children’s rides
10am onwards at McPhee’s Yard aka Ouseburn Central Car Park
Craft, food and plants market plus information stands together with children’s rides at McPhee’s Yard.
Family fun at Ouseburn Farm
- Farmers workshop
- Face Painting
- Animal petting
- Green Fingers workshop
- Newcastle French Dancers group
- Musicians/buskers around the farm
- Cafe open for hot and cold food and drinks.
Ouseburn DIY Streets
10am to about 4.30pm, central Ouseburn
Look out for the temporary changes to some of the Ouseburn Streets! Ouseburn Futures, together with xsite architecture, Sustrans, Roots and Wings and Newcastle City Council are working on improving some of Ouseburn’s streets, making them safer and more attractive places to walk and cycle.
Festival goers helped with giving feedback last year and some of the new ideas that came out of that are being tried during this year’s Festival. Find out more and give your views on the proposals at the Tanners Arms (top of Stepney Bank).
Summer Graze at the Ouseburn Festival.
11am to 4pm Malmo Quay
Over 20 stalls of food and drinks, local produce, chefs cooking, music and picnic spots at Malmo Quay. Come down and feast on pies, crepes, cakes, fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, pastries, macaroons, chocolates, and the best of the North East street food scene!
We have stalls from The Feathers Inn, Longhorns BBQ, La Petit Creperie, Emily’s Brownies, Northumbrian Smokehouse, The Doughnut Guy, French Oven, Wheatberry, Electric East, Gareth James Chocolates, Di Meo’s Ice Cream, Geordie Bangers, North Street Feast, Charlotte’s Butchery, The Goat Company, Jam Jar, Kenspeckle Fudge, North East Organic Growers and Riverford Organics!
Cycle Hub Bike Track
11am to 4pm on Malmo Quay
A chance to learn or improve cycling skills for 6 to 15 year-olds. Sessions start on the hour.
Bike Doctor free cycle check up
11am to 4pm on Malmo Quay
The Bike Doctors are qualified cycle mechanics who will provide a free check-up and minor repairs for bikes. Bikes are done on a first-come-first-served basis and must be collected before the end of the event.
Biscuit Factory and Seven Stories
11am to 5pm at the Biscuit Factory
Seven Stories are heading to The Biscuit Factory this Ouseburn Festival!
Join Seven Stories for the final stop of their ‘On the Road’ programme. Sleepy Dormice and Mad Hatters are invited to take part in fabulous storytelling and make an origami white rabbit at The Biscuit Factory.
The Queen of Hearts promises to play fair as she reads from our favourite stories – all the family will leave smiling like the Cheshire Cat as they head on a biscuit hunt around the gallery following clues to see where the missing biscuits are and then heading to the cafe to claim a biscuit prize!
With a Wonderland inspired menu available all day too, grab a special lunch and have your very own tea party in the gallery.
Alice and the Queen of Hearts
11.00am to 5.00pm Lime Street and surrounding area
Phoenix and Fifi are North East based fire, angle grinding and stilt walking performers ready
to shock, entertain and amaze you. Find our Queen of Hearts breathing huge flames and we’re sure you wont miss Alice on her stilts after she devours the Drink Me potion!
12 noon to 4pm at the Toffee Factory
You’ve probably seen the Disney version but did you know filmmakers and animators were inspired by the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ long before Walt came along? Join us in our event room for the screening of silent movie gems of Lewis Carroll’s most well-known work.
Artist Chris Folwell will also be running drop-in workshops (free but pre-booking is required), showing you how to assemble your very own zoetrope to take home with you.
So embrace the child in yourself and enjoy Alice-themed sweet treats from Heaton Perk, fun craft activities and of course these wacky and brilliant, yet rarely screened, versions of Alice in Wonderland.
Free entry. For more information or to book a space on the Zoetrope Workshop please email email@example.com.
12 noon start at The Cycle Hub
Join the parade along the riverside walkway. With the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland theme, colourful costumes made by local school children with music along the way! Costumes
and decorations assisted by Festival Sticker Art.
Starts at The Cycle Hub at 12noon and winds through the valley to the Ouseburn Farm. Come and join the parade!
The Festival Parade winds through the Valley, along the riverside walkway, towards Ouseburn Farm. Come and join in!
Live music stage
12 noon till 4.30pm in front of Ouseburn Farm
- DJ Coco Vega 12noon
- Under the Fields of Heaton: Massed Choirs and Bands 12.20pm
- Bangshees 12.40pm
- Montclare 1.00pm
- Rach 1.30pm
- APU 2.00pm
- Chinese Choir 2.45pm
- Northern Fire 3.00pm
- DJ Set 3.30pm
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.
VW Show and Shine
Arches Car Park, Stepney Bank from 11.30am to 5pm.
Admire and vote for your favourite vehicle at the Angel VW Club’s Meet-up.
River boat trips
From the Quayside near the Cycle Hub between 2pm and 4.30pm.
Mini cruises by the Newcastle Motor Boat Club. Starting on the Quayside near the Cycle Hub.
On the hour from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. FREE.
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.
Under the Fields of Heaton: 200th anniversary of the Heaton Main disaster 1815 performance of massed voices & bands with Johnny Handle.
12.20pm by Ouseburn Farm, 2.15pm outside Cumberland Arms
Enjoy the spectacle of local community choirs, bands, & dancers coming together for the premier of a specially commissioned suite of songs and music to mark the 200th anniversary of the Heaton Main Colliery Disaster.
The Heaton Main Music Suite
- May Dance: Hexham Village Ceilidh Band & Hexham Morris
- Johnny Handle sings his new song ‘Under the Fields of Heaton’
- Combined choirs sing Andrew Scott’s ‘Heaton Trio’: the men, women and children.
- 10th Avenue Band, Chillingham Road Band, Meze Mundo (leading all): ‘Inundation’ an improvisation
- Combined Choirs a capella: Richard Scott’s ‘Waiting’
- The whole ensemble: Ken Patterson’s ‘Shafts of Light’
Choirs: Heaton Voices, Flotsam, Caedmon Choir, Chillingham and Hotspur Primary and other friends. Bands: 10th Avenue, Chillingham Road Band, Meze Mundo and Hexham Village Ceilidh Band. Dancers: Hexham Morris.
Paint the Ouseburn
1.00pm to 5.00pm at the Cumberland Arms
En Plein Air Newcastle presents an opportunity for painters of all standards to paint and exhibit in the Ouseburn.
Victoria Tunnel taster tours
1pm to 4.30pm – collect free tickets from Arch 6 and take to the Tunnel entrance
Free guided taster tours through the Victoria Tunnel will run from 3.30pm to 5pm on Saturday 4th and from 1pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 6th July. Visitors can collect tickets from Ouseburn Trust at Arch 6 during the festival for specific times and take them along to the tunnel where the Ouseburn guides will give a brief tour (approximately 40 minutes each tour).
Pony rides and more
Stepney Bank Stables
Pony Rides in the outdoor arena from 2pm to 4pm (Festival Sunday only) £1 per ride, riders need to be 3 or over.
The Cluny’s Rubber Duck Race
About 2.00pm, between Crawford’s Bridge and the wooden bridge.
The year’s MAIN EVENT! Win the much-coveted GOLDEN DUCK trophy! Watch the ducks race down the Ousburn! Buy your duck from The Cluny before the festival. Prizes for the firstduck to cross the finishing line!
If you have bought your rubber duck at The Cluny and taken it away to decorate, you need to bring it back to The Cluny at least half an hour before the race starts to be in it. Race-time approximately 2.00pm – listen out for announcements.
From 12 noon till late at the Cumberland Arms
To celebrate The Ouseburn Festival The Cumberland Arms brings you a day of live music and dance on the Terrace with food from Pizzette and Claw Hide.
- Tyne Bridge Morris
- Heaton Voices
- Newcastle Kingsmen
- Hexham Morris Men and Hexhamshire Lasses