Flexible pop-up gallery space

Hire by the week | Fixed cost inclusive of services and rates | No commission on sales

Sell Yourself in the Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne

Photograph of BottleWorks venue hire on Riverside Walk, Ouseburn

BottleWorks is a retail popup shop space available for short-term occupancy, located on Riverside Walk in the lively and popular Lower Ouseburn Valley conservation area, right beside the river and close to Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. It is especially suited to local artists, crafters, makers, photographers and other creators to showcase and sell their work in a boutique modern art gallery space, or for venue hire and event space in Newcastle upon Tyne to undertake a sale, exhibition, product launch, consultation event, workshop, research study, lecture, education class, community gathering or business meeting, or as a hybrid-retail temporary popup shop for an online business.

The name BottleWorks was inspired by the adjacent former Liddle-Henzell Ouseburn glass works site, manufacturing bottles between the 1880s and the 1920s, of which only the furnace arches currently survive.


BottleWorks is a blank canvas for you to use with a built-in hanging system. The venue is hired by the week (typically 1-4 weeks) with changeover on Wednesdays. Once the licence to occupy is agreed and signed, each booking is paid in full in advance together with a damage/loss deposit. There is no VAT to pay.

BottleWorks floorplan

Included in the licence fee

  • Over 40m2 clear floor area
  • Two doors each providing step-free access from Riverside Walk
  • Four large shopfront windows directly on the footpath with 6m length of internal window cills for display
  • 10m length Newly R20 wall hanging system and cords, plus a further 5m Newly R20 on the front windows
  • 2x1m lengths STAS papergrip for up to A3-sized posters and papers
  • Circular table and four chairs, and optional trestle tables and stools
  • Heating, lighting, electrical power, broadband internet and water
  • General waste refuse disposal
  • Business rates and service charges
  • Buildings insurance and fair wear and tear maintenance
  • Daytime and early evening access
  • Emergency lighting, fire exit signage, fire and heat detectors and fire evacuation plan
  • Use of the internal cupboard and accessible WC by you and your employees
  • Short-term loading/unloading adjacent, and one council parking permit for Zone OB6

What you do

  • Marketing, advertising and all other promotion of your occupancy
  • Arranging public liability insurance
  • Optionally arranging contents insurance, if desired
  • Optionally obtaining and installing any additional furniture or equipment, if required
  • Setting up the room and your stock/display/materials
  • Staffing the premises during your opening hours
  • Opening up each day
  • Controlling access to the premises by your invitees (guests, customers, etc)
  • Ensuring the safety of yourself, staff and invitees
  • Adjusting the lighting and ventilation as required
  • Taking your own payments for entry, works, products, etc and provide receipts, invoices, tickets etc
  • Cleaning premises day by day
  • Sorting and transfer of your own recycling and waste
  • Locking up when unattended by staff and at the end of each day
  • Removing your stock, display, materials and any extra furniture or equipment and tidying up
  • Returning the keys before the end of the licence period


Photograph of BottleWorks pop up gallery space in Newcastle upon Tyne

BottleWorks is low-energy and eco-friendly. Lighting (all LED), heating and power is provided by 100% renewable electricity - the gas supply is not used and has been disconnected. The extremely well-insulated walls, floor and ceiling are combined with high-specification double glazing (EPC). The large windows let in a large amount of natural light, particularly in the afternoon. The premises has a plenty of fully-adjustable natural ventilation, combined with low-energy mechanical ventilation for the staff cupboard and staff WC. The street lighting is completely solar powered using the Malings own photovoltaic panels. All those financially involved with BottleWorks live in the area, keeping earnings in the local community and minimising travel. There are good pedestrian, cycle and public transport links nearby.


BottleWorks is located at 8 Riverside Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LX in the Lower Ouseburn Valley conservation area, on the Ouseburn river close to Ouseburn Bridge, just upstream of Northern Rye bakery, Di Meo's Ice Cream Riverside and the Tyne Bar.

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Ways to find BottleWorks

  • 8 Riverside Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LX
  • NGR NZ 26360 64330
  • Latitude: 54° 58' 22" N, Longitude: 1° 35' 23" W, Elevation: 4.6 mAOD
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Access routes

On foot or bicycle from the Quayside or Byker Bank. Nearest Metro stations: Manors and Byker. Buses Q3 and 18 stop nearby and numerous other routes via Byker Bridge and Shields Road, a short walk away. Free parking at Spillers Wharf (Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1BU) and paid parking in central Ouseburn (19 Foundry Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LH) and Ouseburn Arches (3 Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP).

Contact & Bookings

Due to site constraints and the short-term nature of occupancy, BottleWorks cannot be used for cooking or the display or sale of any food or drink, whether consumed on or off the premises, or any use that requires additional licensing such as auctions, personal care or animal-related. Note also, there are tight constraints on noise, so music or other sound generation is unlikely to be permitted. Please ask about all restrictions which apply.

Please get in touch to discuss hiring BottleWorks. The cost is a fixed £375/week (Wednesday 16:00 pm to Wednesday 10:30 am) for any week of the year, subject to availability. Bookings can be made up to six months in advance. The damage/loss deposit is typically £150, but may be higher for some uses. Reservations are not confirmed until the licence to occupy contract is signed, and payments for the full licence fee and damage/loss deposit have been received and cleared.

Get in touch

  • Discuss your venue hire requirements
  • Arrange a visit to look around
  • Check availability