Join us on Saturday mornings to discover the history of the Ouseburn Valley, its more recent regeneration story, and what the future holds for it, all in 90 minutes. 

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    About the Back to the Future Walk 

    What a fascinating way to spend a Saturday morning! David, our guide, was superb, and the level of information and stories were perfectly pitched to provide an interesting and extremely enjoyable walk. My friend and I had a superb time and we would thoroughly recommend this walk if you are interested in knowing more about Ouseburn.

    TripAdvisor review, September 2020

    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 or contact us to request a private tour on another date: [email protected]
    • Set off from the village green at 10.30am Saturday (and Wednesday during summer holidays) - 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 6-12 people can be offered on other days by contacting the Ouseburn Trust office with a minimum of 2-days’ notice. This is dependent on the availability of a volunteer guide.

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    "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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