Coast & Castles: Northumberland


Northumberland Coast


12th-18th September 2021
Fully Booked


£1850.00 (£250 Deposit req'd)

Max. Group Size


What's Included?

5 full days tuition by Mark Banks
You will be tutored in all aspects of camera craft, and in dealing with Britain’s elusive weather and lighting conditions!
Advance your technique, sense of composition and understanding of light
Portfolio review (optional)
Be tutored in subtle post-production techniques using Adobe Lightroom Classic
Transport to photographic locations for the duration of the workshop
Accommodation & Breakfast

What's Excluded?

- Transport to the workshop accommodation venue (other than collection & drop off if arriving by train/plane)
- Travel insurance
- Lunch & Evening Meals
- Drinks from the bar
Coast & Castles: Northumberland

Coast & Castles: Northumberland

12th-18th September 2021
Fully Booked


Liquid GoldBased in Amble, this 5-day (6-night) photography workshop will allow us to explore the many beautiful locations along the award-winning coastline of Northumberland. As well as visiting the famous locations of Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh with their iconic, towering castles, we will also visit less well-known areas to photograph intimate shoreline studies, too - including Spittal Beach where Mark took 'Liquid Gold', an image that became a finalist in the 2020 Close Up Photographer of the Year Competition (see right). We will also visit Holy Island (Lindisfarne) famed for its breathtaking natural beauty, enchanting history and rich, spiritual heritage.

This 5-day workshop will suit landscape photographers from beginner to advanced - with tuition provided by professional landscape photographer, Mark Banks throughout the workshop. Mark will discuss compositional skills for the bigger landscapes through to small abstracts on a personal level. This workshop is limited to just 4 people for optimum personal tuition time.

During the evenings (or days of particularly inclement weather), Mark will be on hand to help process images taken during the workshop using Adobe Lightroom Classic on Mark’s laptop and 27” monitor (you may choose to bring your own laptop if you wish). Participants are also encouraged to bring along prints or digital images to discuss composition, processing and advice about printing.

Accommodation and breakfast are included in this workshop - lunch and evening meals are not. This is to allow us the flexibility to 'eat out' on occasions in order to maximise photography time on location at the 'golden hour'.

Arriving on Sunday 12th September 2021, we will meet in the bar for introductory drinks. The workshop will officially start on the morning of Monday 13th September. Transport will be provided to all locations for the duration of the workshop and officially close on the evening of Friday 17th September with celebratory drinks. After a final overnight stay, participants will depart on the morning of Saturday 18th September after breakfast.


Camera Equipment

Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…

  • Camera body and a selection of lenses that ideally cover wide-angle to medium telephoto (for instance 25mm to 200mm). 
  • At least two camera batteries
  • Tripod
  • Hot-shoe spirit level (if your camera has a level indicator built-in that’s fine).
  • A small set of graduated filters (optional).
  • Lens cloth

You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images taken during the workshop with guidance from Mark and Steve.


  • Appropriate outdoor clothing to meet predicted weather
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Walking wellingtons and/or boots
  • Umbrella

Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging

An Easy level of fitness is required for this workshop - all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.

Getting there

By Road

There is a good road network to Amble, Northumberland via the A1 road network.

By Rail

Mark is offering a pick-up/drop-off service from Newcastle train station on the arrival/departure dates. For those wishing to arrive earlier or depart later a cross-country train is available to Alnmouth from Newcastle before a short taxi journey to the Hotel. Check train times now at Please arrange this with Mark prior to booking.

By Air

The nearest airport is Newcastle where Mark is offering a pick-up/drop-off service on the arrival/departure dates - please check flight details online prior to booking and contact Mark to arrange.


Mark has public liability insurance for negligence caused by him, which is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company of Europe Ltd. You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance in case of illness, accident, cancellation or any other factor outside of Mark's control (Terms and conditions apply - please contact Mark for written details).


I just wanted to say thank you for a great workshop in Glencoe, despite the weather! You are an excellent workshop leader with a high degree of professionalism, a methodical approach to landscape photography and the ability to adapt your teaching to your clients and the weather.

~ Fiona M

Thank you so much for such an inspirational day yesterday and for all your patience! I love my prints, thank you! I felt as though I achieved what I had set out to do and learn the principles of printing and look forward to giving things a go myself.

~ Geoff K

Hi Mark, Just a note to thank you again for such a wonderful week in so many respects. I so enjoyed the locations and the photography. Lots to process and think about again and some new exciting things to try. Your tuition and attention to detail is much appreciated and I always feel inspired again to get out with my camera. See you before too long in Yorkshire.

~ Anne W

"Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn."

Benjamin Franklin

“Mark Banks is quite simply one of the best teachers of photography I have ever met. His secret is an apparently endless supply of patience, and an acute analytical approach to developing systematic problem-solving tactics in photography, which he makes effortless and fun to learn, whether in the field or in the editing suite. Mark’s artistry, empathy, kindness and charm mean he is always a joy to work with, or to be taught by.”

Joe Cornish
Professional Landscape Photographer

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