During half term last week, I only had the one day off work with the kids. Wanting to do something with them that didn’t cost the earth; my daughter, who is an art student, suggested the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a good day trip. She had been for a visit with college and enjoyed it, however, she hadn’t had time to do a fraction of it. She also said it was dog friendly, so we took Luna along.
Background of the park
The park itself is set in 500 acres, and is a part of the Bretton Estate. There are loads of sculptures, with a mixture of some outside and some pieces inside. But that’s not the only reason to visit. The actual estate itself is beautiful, its a mixture of open green spaces, woodland and a lake.
We loved all the free roaming sheep and ducks. It still manages to be dog friendly – Luna loved it, even if she did try to take on a sheep or two.
What is unusual is it’s free to get in. You have to pay car parking, we paid £8 for the full day which when you think about it, as that’s all you pay its a bargain. We didn’t try the café but we started to queue for an ice-cream, but at £3.75 for two scoops, we decided not to bother. We took a picnic and as it was a beautiful day, it was perfect.
I am definitely not an art expert, there are pieces here by Henry Moore, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Mathew Day Jackson to name but a few. My personal favourite was the work by Ai Weiwei, in particular the tree. It was actually made out of iron, but is just unbelievable.
The other piece I loved was an indoor piece – I don’t think any of my pictures will do them any justice, but it will give you a flavour of what is there.
Here are some of the other pieces including another noteworthy piece by Ai Weiwei, based on the Chinese Zodiac.
If you take a dog, you do end up taking a longer walking route. Around the upper lake area, Dogs are not allowed. However, its all good for the pedometer though!!
One sculpture which took you up in through the woods is called 71 steps; of course we checked it and they were spot on!!
Day Trip – Overall summary
In conclusion, I think this is a great day out if you like walking. If you don’t you may struggle as it is huge and hilly in places. They are also changing what was a college into a hotel/wedding venue – not sure if this is a good thing or not, we shall have to wait and see.
Even if you go for a walk with a nice picnic, this is one day trip worth trying. Its totally worth paying just the car parking – it was a lovely hot day when we went so sun block was a must! I don’t think you have to be an art lover to appreciate how beautiful this place is!