Derwent Hill

Derwent Hill is owned and operated by Sunderland City Council.

It was one of the first local authority outdoor education centres in England and has been in operation since 1962.  The centre has grown since then and we now provide a wide range of services, but our core purpose is still the same: to provide high quality residential outdoor education for the children and young people of Sunderland, which includes some of the most deprived areas in the country.

The income we generate from other work is used to keep down the costs of courses for schools and youth groups.  We operate year-round and employ about 30 staff.

 What we offer

  • residential outdoor education for schools, colleges and youth groups
  • development training and conference facilities for organisations
  • group accommodation and activities
  • weekend break and family activity holidays
  • a small campsite for exclusive group bookings
  • an Educational Visits Advisory Service