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.
Derwent Hill’s combination of reputation, setting, ambience, support and friendly professional staff is unique. Our approach is based on professional informality, and we pride ourselves on our flexibility, homely atmosphere, good food and inspiring setting.
Schools, colleges & youth groups
With schools and youth groups, our focus is learning and development. Young people experience real-world learning out on the lake and in the mountains, and an extended family atmosphere. Children, young people and staff from Sunderland experience a real feeling of belonging – for many their parents and even grandparents have been part of the long tradition of Sunderland people coming to Derwent Hill.
Our Educational Visits Advisory Service is respected and trusted for its experience, support and efficiency.
With corporate clients, the focus is also learning and development. This can be through a training course delivered by our tutors or company trainers – or often both working together in partnership, or through a conference or meeting made outstanding by the wonderful setting. Companies value the fact that their business generates income which allows Derwent Hill to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
Groups, families & individuals
The combination of a fabulous setting, comfortable accommodation, friendly flexible staff and a range of activities to choose from makes Derwent Hill the ideal place for groups of all types for up to 108 people.