Getting Out There Programme

Our Getting Out There Programme funded by Access to Nature ran between 2009 and 2013.


Our Getting Out There Programme is all about appreciating the value of nature in helping you get away from it all, learn new skills, try new activities, develop new ways of working and enhance your creative work.

The first two years of the programme has delivered a total of 3,342 engagement-days of fun and learning in nature. See Examples of Our Work for descriptions of the many different types of events we run, designed for many kinds of people with many different aims.

Participants often progress through day trips, weekends away, camps, residentials to volunteering opportunities, training and work experience. 

Getting Out There also connects inner city communities with City Farms, Rural Community Farms, woodland managers, protected landscapes and campsites. It makes links between young people and families from Bristol and urban Somerset with the natural environment through a stepping-stone approach.

It offers opportunities at wild local sites, rural venues close to towns as well as further afield in ‘deeper country’ such as Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. All include activities that have proven popular with young people and families - be it arts, music, media, bush craft, forest school or other outdoor activities. The approach is designed to allow everyone to be able to access a variety of natural/rural places in the future and to build new relationships across cultural and geographical divides.

Take a look at some photos, films and audio made to date: Multi-media

“The stars, I’ve never seen so many beautiful stars like that before. You don’t see them in the morning but they’re always there.  They look so beautiful and they shine so it makes you feel safe.  Even if you’re walking in the dark, the stars are just out there looking out for you, and it’s like they protect you from harm." 

 Talulah, 14, at Doris Intercultural Summer School

The  ‘Getting Out There’ programme is supported by Natural England through “Access to Nature” as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme. With financial support from the Exmoor National Park Sustainable Development Fund and the Dartmoor National Park Sustainable Development Fund, provided by DEFRA.