Monthly Archives: October 2013

Autumn Graze

Autumn Graze Oct 2013 flyerThe Autumn Graze is back!

Explore lots of wonderful local artisan food and drink on over 20 stalls this Sunday in Ouseburn at the Cumberland Arms, between midday and 5pm.

Have a stroll around the valley in the morning to work up an appetite! Perhaps first admire the Byker Bridge from below (this event is also part of the weekend celebrating the 135th birthday of the Byker Bridge), or visit Ouseburn Farm nestling under its arches, or the Yi Pop Up Shop (part of the Northern Design Festival) in the 36, Lime Street Gallery, or Seven Stories.

The Cumberland Arms is on James Place Street. The Quaylink Q2 bus stops a short walk away on Ford Street (Ballast Hills stop). There is free parking in the Central Ouseburn Car Park off Foundry Lane (and there are steps up to the Cumberland opposite the car park entrance), and on Ford Street. If you don’t mind walking a bit further and uphill, there is also free parking on Spillers Quay.

If you want to find out about future events organised by The Grazer, her blog is one to follow (also has her social media links).


Bridging the Ouseburn

Bridging the Ouseburn 2013 poster.

Bridging the Ouseburn 2013 poster.

This weekend – 19th – 20th October – there are special events to celebrate the Lower Ouseburn Valley bridges.

A book about them – Bridging the Ouseburn by Sue Bright – is being launched on the 135th birthday of Byker Bridge. The book will be at a special introductory price of £7.50 for this weekend only, and will be £8.50 afterwards. All profits from the book will be donated to the Ouseburn Festival 2014.

Parts of the Byker Bridge’s opening ceremony are being recreated at The Cumberland Arms on Saturday 19th October. There will be a colliery brass band, rapper dancers, a Punch and Judy show, and Victorian games for all the family to play.

Tidy Up Ouseburn events in October 2013


Volunteers weeding and pruning the Steps to Nowhere on Tuesday 8th October 2013.

Volunteers weeding and pruning the Steps to Nowhere on Tuesday 8th October 2013.

The next of Ouseburn Futures Environment Group’s valley tidy ups is on Saturday 19th October.

Volunteers are always warmly welcomed! We can provide tools, gloves – and a free lunch at Ouseburn Farm (usually delicious vegetable soup). We advise wearing clothes and footwear that can cope with sharp things (such as thorns and broken glass) and wet or muddy conditions. The weather should be dry this weekend (according the weather forecast) but the ground will probably remain quite soggy.

This Saturday, the tasks could include:

  • Litter picking on and around the steps (above the culvert).
  • Trimming the hawthorn (and stuff) under the metro viaduct.
  • Pulling nettles and sawing buddleia from the riverside walk.

Meet us outside Ouseburn Farm entrance at 10.30am. We finish at 3.30pm and usually take a lunch break around 1pm. If you only have a couple of hours to spare, do join us just for the morning or afternoon.

Our Tidy Up earlier in October

We had glorious weather for our Environment Group’s early October Ouseburn Tidy Up on Tuesday 8th October. We were grateful for help from one of the Newcastle City Council wardens who also gave us a safety talk at the start of the day and brought tools for us to borrow.

We started by tackling the Steps to Nowhere, off Lime Street, which had become overgrown during the summer. We weeded nettles, small brambles and other plants from the joints in the steps, and pruned back nettles, huge brambles, and blackthorn from the sides.

After big bowls of vegetable soup for lunch at Ouseburn Farm, the remaining team went up to the short stretch of path between Elizabeth Street and the first junction (the steps down to the path under the Metro viaduct). They cleaned up a mountain of cider bottles and a thicket of needles (using a proper sharps box for safe disposal).