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Sunderland Winter Garden/Museum  & Mowbury Park (Saturday 2nd February) 11:00

To confuse all the January outing is not taking place till 2nd February when we cross the river and head south to Sunderland to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Pig. The Winter Garden and Mowbury Park are hosting a Chinese festival of art and dance which includes Lion Dances. The visit will also give an opportunity to photograph the magnificent Victorian Winter Garden glass house and wander round the park. The Museum and Winter Gardens are about 100 metres from Sunderland Metro Station on the junction of Borough Road and Fawcett Street and travel time from Whitley Bay (by Metro) is about 50 minutes including a change. Meet at the entrance at round 11:00.


Out in Nature (Saturday 23rd February)

A chance to photograph those winning shots for the Allan Potts trophy as we visit Druridge Bay nature reserves. Northumberland Wildlife Trust has 2 reserves at Cresswell Ponds and Druridge Pools which are noted for overwintering and wading birds. Further north is the Druridge Bay Country Park with a large number of water birds and aquatic mammals. For those who want to the Widdrington Inn (at Widdrington) offers good quality bar meals, the more adventurous can then make their way to Amble for night shots of this vibrant and cosmopolitan town. Start time to be arranged and will be dependent on the weather. Bring a big lens.


Coastal Wander (Saturday 23rd March)

Due to the possibility of inclement weather the March outing will be a short stroll from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay along the coast. Starting at Tynemouth Castle (or in Woods Coffee Shop) we will walk along the Longsands via Cullercoats and the Watch Tower to the Spanish City calling in to view the dome (and a further coffee). Meet at Tynemouth at 11:00 ish.


Annual Whitby Visit (Saturday 13th April)

If its April its Goths at Whitby. A chance to eat cake, drink coffee and photo the weird and wonderful of the Goth world at Whitby. Meet at Royal Crescent carpark at about 9:30 then off for breakfast.


Way out West in Wensleydale (Saturday 18th May)

Starting the picturesque market town of Leyburn, we make our way up the River Ure stopping at Aysgarth to see the falls (plus any other waterfalls in the area which Andrew knows about) then on to Hawes where we can visit the roper works or creamery.  Next to Ribblehead where with luck we should see “The Cumbrian Mountain Express” hauled by Merchant Navy Class Pacific 35018 British India Line on its way south to Settle (to be confirmed).  Meet at car park in Leyburn at 10:30.


Lindisfarne (Saturday 8th June)

With its long (warm?) days early June is the ideal time to visit Holy Island and on the 8th the tides are right to allow us to spend several hours exploring the castle, priory and harbour of Holy Island. The causeway opens just before 10:30 and closes at 17:15 so a nice early start to get there on time. The carpark is located at the end of the causeway (about 200 metres from the village centre) and is well signposted. Take a picnic as the few eateries on the island can get crowded. Meet in Holy Island car park at 11:00.


Bilsdale and Beyond (Saturday 13th July)

Running from Stokesley to Helmsley Bilsdale is one of the most attractive valleys cutting through the stunning North York Moors National Park. We make the first stop at Clay Bank car park at the head of the dale to admire the view of Rosebury Topping (and Middlesbrough) in the distance then down the towards the Newgate Woods for more views (and a toilet break). Its then a short trip down the road to Rievaulx Abbey nestled deep in the Rye valley. Our journey ends in Helmsley for a pot of tea. Times to be provided.


Edinburgh Festival (Saturday 3rd August)

Our annual trip to the madness and mayhem of Edinburgh Festival, a great place to capture street photography. After leaving the car in the Sheriffhall Park and Ride it’s a 20 minute trip into the city centre. Meet in the car park at 10:15-10:30.


Other Ad hoc trips and visits will be arranged throughout the year hopefully to Tees Barrier, Notting Hill and Charles Holden’s Underground (Overnight August Bank Holiday), Skye (if the numbers are right) and possibly Prague or Berlin (if the costings are right).



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