Michael Cartwright Photography

Durham, St George’s Day - Half Day Photography Trip

To celebrate St George's Day on Friday 23rd April, we are heading to the wonderfully English city of Durham to shoot traditional scenes of this historic place. We'll be arriving late afternoon, giving us the potential to shoot under sunset tones before capturing the fabulous city lights after dark. Durham offers a wide range of photo opportunities, from the historic castle, sat high above the riverside to the glorious illuminated cathedral, there is much to be discovered at this World Heritage site. 

Includes return travel from Yarm! 

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23rd - 23rd Apr, 2021

£49.00 / £49.00 Deposit

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Our time will be spent shooting the river Wear and the cobbled city centre streets that lead to the famous catheral. We aim to arrive just after 5pm, giving us a few hours of the best light before sunset, plus a little extra for after dark shots. 

Half day trips are perfect for those who would like to explore photography locations with like minded people in a relaxed way. The walking is generally not too strenuous and the time shooting is taken at a steady place. Refreshment breaks are factored in, and we are never far away from conveniences. Locations are all within an hour of Teesside, meaning less time travelling in our comfortable, spacious minibus. 

You will be given tips and ideas on how to make the best from the conditions and we will be on hand to offer guidance. These sessions last between 4 and 5 hours, including travelling time, depending on location.


Return Minibus Travel Included

Pick Up Time/Location - 4.30pm Yarm Town Hall 

Travelling Time - Approx 30 mins 

Shooting Time - 4 hours approx

Drop Off Time - 10pm Yarm Town Hall 

Conveniences - City Public Toilets   

Refreshments - Cafe's and Shops In Close Proximity 

Max Number Of Attendees - 7 


This is a good opportunity to practise low light photography and street photography. Tripods are required. Filters (ND Grads) are advised for sunset shots but are not required after dark.  

Lenses - Wide angle lens to shoot the cathedral and castle. 35mm and 50mm lenses can be useful for street photography. 

Warm clothing advised. 


City centre with good footpaths. It can be hilly in places. 


I have just returned from a trip to the Arctic Circle arranged by Michael. The best I can say is that this was a trip of a life time! The tour was friendly with lots of laughs. Michael, Scott & Joe passed on their knowledge freely. Nobody was left out, there was something for everyone to do and along with the photo opportunities we had great fun on snowmobiles at midnight on a frozen river going from Finland to Sweden, a dog sled ride through a frozen forest , reindeer sled ride and so much more.
Would I recommend Michael Cartwright Photography?? Hell yes!! A trip I will never forget & many new friends made.

Mike Cook

Over the last 18 months I have been on a number of courses, workshops and photography holidays with Michael Cartwright and his team Scott Bonner and Joe Fletcher. Over that time my photography skills have really improved with their generous and friendly help and support. I have learned so much and met some great people along the way. The latest holiday in Arctic Finland / Sweden has been the icing on the cake. Well organised from start to finish with a range of activities and challenges. It was the most wonderful experience and I have some photographs that I really like. Huge thank you to the team and I can wholly recommend Michael Cartwright Photography!

Gill Davidson

Michael has a unique ability to take complicated subject matter and deliver it in a simple, passionate and infectious manner. He has taken me on a journey with his workshops from ‘extreme novice’ that was absolutely clueless to a confident enthusiast. I will be eternally grateful for all of Michael’s efforts in going the extra mile throughout my learning journey. He is a credit to his profession and he sets the standards for the rest of his industry to follow. Oh, and he is a thoroughly likeable chap too!

Stephen Smith

Great weekend away and I’m really pleased with my photographs! Thanks for a fantastic workshop, everything was first class, including the hotel, the food and the weather! I really enjoyed learning about different ways to compose my photos for a more professional feel. The workshop was well planned and was extremely informative and interesting. The fact that Michael kept a close eye on everybody's progress was an extra bonus. Thanks Michael

Uma Mannan

Both myself and my husband have been friends of Michael's for many years now during which time we have been on numerous photography trips with him! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single trip from the Lake District, Paris, Budapest but my absolute favourite was the trip to Finland, we may not have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights but what a fantastic adventure it turned out to be!! Each trip has been made extra special with the fabulous group of people that we have had the pleasure of making friends with, aside from that there is of course the excellent opportunity to take some amazing photographs of simply stunning scenery and architecture. The trips are always well organised and thoroughly thought through from beginning to end, as well as coming away with some truly amazing photos you will for sure meet some lovely people and make fantastic memories......

Jayne Stephenson

I  attended my first camera course as a complete beginner, I didn’t even know how to turn the camera on! The initial course was perfect for me, very well explained throughout and left me wanting to know more. Michael and the team are brilliant teachers, they are all very patient and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Since learning how to use my camera I have progressed on to landscape workshops and now class myself as being very confident with my kit. I’ve joined Michael on many occassions and would definitely recommend these workshops! 

John Conlin