Join us on Saturday mornings at 10.30 am for our Back to the Future guided walk -  discover the history of the Ouseburn Valley, its more recent regeneration story and what the future holds for it, all in 90 minutes. Other dates can be arranged on request.

In line with government advice surrounding COVID-19, we have put additional measures in place to protect you as well as our guides. Please review the following measures before completing your booking:

  • The maximum group size is 6 people from a single household/support bubble with one volunteer guide.
  • Only one ticket is available for each walk and is valid for up to 6 people.
  • Young people are welcome but it may be of limited interest to children under 12 years old.
  • If you are unwell, please stay at home and notify the Ouseburn Trust offices to receive a full refund or transfer to another date.
  • Stopping points have been modified to better allow for social distancing
  • Visitors will be sent complimentary archival photos by email prior to the booking. You'll be encouraged to view these on your own device during the walk.
  • The start and endpoint will be the Village Green on Lime Street.
  • There will not be any access to the Ouseburn Trust meeting room or toilet facilities. 
  • We do not require visitors or our volunteer guides to wear face coverings, but please use them at your own discretion.

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About the Back to the Future Walk 

The Ouseburn Valley is often considered the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Newcastle. The area's rich industrial background dates back to the 17th-century. By the mid-20th century, many of the local industries, houses and pubs had either closed or moved out. The area presented a sorry neglected combination of empty buildings, derelict sites, scrapyards, warehousing, and car-related businesses.

This all started to change with the introduction of artists and musicians to the area in the early 1980s. New organisations followed, partnerships developed, regeneration programmes were initiated and the area's heritage and character reclaimed and promoted. Now, Ouseburn is a thriving urban village - home to a conservation area and often dubbed Newcastle's Cultural Quarter.

The Back to the Future Walk is a 90-minute exploration of Ouseburn past, present and future. Ouseburn's story is a fascinating tale for visitors and locals alike.

Details about the walk:

  • Booking in advance is required. Select your preferred date in the calendar below. You can also buy someone Gift Vouchers
  • Set off from the village green at 10.30am Saturday
  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for a prompt start.
  • We will set off in all reasonable weather (but if it is tipping down, we will refund or re-arrange your booking!)
  • Young people are welcome but it may be of limited interest to children under 12 years old.
  • Additional walks for groups of up to 6 from the same household/bubble can be offered on other mornings by contacting the Ouseburn Trust office with a minimum of 2-days’ notice. This is dependent on the availability of a volunteer guide.

"Fascinating to learn and see the heritage and regeneration around a most important part of Newcastle that I had not seen before. So much history that is so important to our City"

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