Outdoor

Check out our courses designed to get you outside in the fresh air!

Walking Group

Why not give yourself a boost, get outside and keep active. Sunderland is steeped in history with many hidden treasures. A new walk each week will discover the most interesting parts of our city’s past, present and future and a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts. A different guide book will be provided for each walk. There will be 8 walks in total and no walk will be over 3.5 miles.

Mindful Photography

A 5-Week course aimed at photography of all lever, beginners and advanced! Bring along your mobile phone, DSLR camera, or even bust out the retro cameras! All are welcome to explore areas of scenery in the City of Sunderland.

Casual and relaxed environments with an emphasis on enjoying the photographic world. Advice and guidance are offered to all students regarding their photography skills, and innovation is encouraged. Take advantage of the summer weather as this course is only available during the summer!


First Session : Fulwell Community Resource Centre, (27th July - 1:00pm to 3:00pm)

We will plan and go over our routes and locations. Guidance and information will be exchanged regarding photographic technique's, understanding how your camera works and creative idea sharing. There will be an opportunity to practice at the recovery college's ''Wellness Garden'' to get an idea of where everyone is at.


Second Session : Roker Park, (3rd August - 1:00pm to 3:00pm)

A beautiful peaceful park by the sea called Roker Park. This will be a slow gentle walk through the park with chances to see and photograph the wildlife there and visit the pond that is rich with ducks/birds. there are flowers of all different species and historic monuments through the park.


Third Session : Seaburn Beach (10th August - 1:00 to 3:00pm)

This will be a photoshoot at the beach that is a bit further down from Roker. We will be meeting at Morrison's Seaburn, where students can get drinks/snacks. We will from there visit the skate park just outside Morrison's car park, were students can get a feel for photographing skate culture and something a little different, following on from that we can then sit at the beach front and take photographs of what we see.


Fourth Session : The Winter Garden's & Mowbray Park (17th August - 1:00pm to 3:00pm)

After meeting outside of Sunderland Winter Garden's, students will receive a tour of the museum and have an opportunity to take photo's of the exhibits as well as the nature and natural life, from there a gentle walk around the park, admiring the history of the Victorian area, as well as photographing the many flowers and wildlife throughout.


Fifth Session: Sunderland Education & Training Farm (24th August - 1:00pm to 3:00pm)

A visit to the Sunderland Education & training Farm (Stef's Farm) in which students will be able to take images of the animals and have a real-world experience with animals kept at the farm.


Contact one of the team on: 07717851268, 07867278562, 01915612276 to enrol

Local ecology, habitats & wildlife with Chris

Experience local wildlife in a variety of habitats. Activities will include identification, data collection and analysis. We will use basic equipment to survey life at the seashore, pond and parkland.

Appropriate clothing will be required as each session will involve at least two hours outdoors. An increased awareness and understanding of nature has helped me to relax and focus my mind on the present, helping to reduce anxiety and promote good mental health.

Prior knowledge is not required.

First Session: Fulwell Community Resource Centre, (Tuesday 12th July - 10:00am to 12:30pm)
An introduction to ecology and looking at registration, safety and preparation for visit to Whitburn.

Second Session: Full day Activity (Tuesday 19th July - 10:00am to 3:00pm).
Meeting at Fulwell resource Centre first (10:00am to 12:00pm) and have an introduction to Whitburn species identification (Learn how to plot kite Diagrams). From there we will venture to out to our sea shore visit were we will enjoy and gain an understanding of the local nature.

Third Session: Full day Activity, (Tuesday 26th July - 10:30am to 2:30pm).
This will be a fun filled day exploring Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (Houghton Le-Spring, DH4 6PU), and observing the various specimens around the area.

Public transport, Sunderland to Durham buses stop at Rainton Bridge Business Park leaving a short walk to the reserve with several waymarked footpaths.

Fourth Session: Fulwell Community Resource Centre, (Tuesday 2nd August - 10:00am to 12:30pm) We will meet at Fulwell community resource centre to have a follow up on what we have done so far and then we will have an introduction to pond ecology and DW trust.

Fifth Session: Full day Activity, (Tuesday 9th August - 10:30am to 2:30pm).
We will return to Rainton Meadow Nature Reserve (Houghton Le-Spring, DH4 6PU), however this time we will be pond dipping, collecting data, presentation and then some analysis.

Public transport, Sunderland to Durham buses stop at Rainton Bridge Business Park leaving a short walk to the reserve with several waymarked footpaths.

Sixth Session: Fulwell Community Resource Centre, (Tuesday 16th August - 10:00am to 12:30pm)
We will meet a Fulwell community resource centre to have a follow up on our pond dipping and analysis, will have an introduction to our next trip which will be Mowbray Park.

Seventh Session: Full day Activity, (Tuesday 23rd August - 10:00am to 2:30pm).
Once at Mowbray Park we will start of the trip with a date presentation in the field room and from there a tour of the wonderful winter gardens.

Eighth Session: Fulwell Community Resource Centre, (Tuesday 30th August - 10:00am to 12:30pm)
This being the last session we will go over all that we have achieved learnt and a discussion on the ecology and what we have experienced.

Contact one of the team on: 07717851268, 07867278562, 01915612276 to enrol