Yorkshire Sculpture Park is incredibly family friendly and makes for a fantastic day out (weather permitting!). Children are free to run around and even touch the sculptures within the park. There are 500 acres of historic parkland to enjoy, which means that you will most probably need to do a few visits to see everything the park has to offer.
There are 80 works of art in the open air and so this offers quite a different experience to traditional galleries. There are lots of hidden treasures for young children to explore and different experiences at each twist and turn. Family favourites include; Playground by artist collective Greyworld, a musical sculpture that children will love to step across, and Crawling by Sophie Ryder, a half -woman, half-hare made from domestic items and plastic toys. As you can see, this was one of our firm favourites!
We also enjoyed walking in the newly restored lakes and woodland. My little girl loved the stepping stones and we spent a bit of time there looking out over the lake and having a picnic. There are also incredible historical features within this area, which includes a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk and a magical Shell Grotto.
They host a range of family-friendly events throughout the year and more information about these can be found here. We are particularly interested in the Family Sculpture Walk which will be guided by Natalie Bellingham of Uncanny Theatre.
The park is open every day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas day, from 10am til 5pm. What makes this day trip even more fantastic is that entrance to the park is completely free, you just need to pay for parking. It also dogs friendly.
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