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Music and Imagination

14 July 2018

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in school holidays

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YSP Members: Photographing Penone

20 Jul 2018

Join professional photographer David Lindsay to learn more about the art of photography and have a go capturing your own images of Giuseppe Penone’s captivating works. Take time to discover how...

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Nadine Anderson: Basket Weaving Workshop

21 Jul 2018

Discover traditional basketmaking techniques on this one-day workshop, guided by yeoman basketmaker Nadine Anderson. Drawing on her 20 years of experience, Nadine will expertly guide you in the design...

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Sculpture Skills: Wood Carving

21 Jul–22 Jul 2018

On this two day course you will learn a wide range of woodworking techniques to carve a relief sculpture in beautiful lime, felled at YSP. This wood has a fine grain and is ideally suited for...

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Art & Landscape Tour

21 Jul–28 Oct 2018

Join YSP volunteers for a guided walk and talk exploring the art and sculpture in the landscape at YSP. – Meet at YSP Centre Information Desk  – Outdoor clothes and sturdy...

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Let's Play Vinyl: Heritage HiFi at YSP

21 Jul 2018

YSP is delighted to invite Let’s Go Yorkshire and selector Paul Huxtable, to play a selection of his favourite vintage reggae music – strictly vinyl...

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Afternoon Tea with Diana Beaumont

21 Jul 2018

A beautiful guided walk around our historic lakes followed by a light afternoon tea at the Camellia House, inspired by the lady of the estate, Diana Beaumont (1765–1831). Discover her interests...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in school holidays

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the Park. Stack, balance, join, arrange. Always outdoors, Come...

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

26 Jul 2018

Fun awaits in the Hidden Forest on the last Thursday of each month. Jump, laugh, make, sing and play beneath the trees in our outdoor space especially for our youngest visitors.  – This...

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Sun–Tues between 29 Jul & 4 Sep / 11.00–15.30

Imagine, draw, construct, play and, most importantly, have fun in our family studio space at YSP Learning. Explore ideas inspired by current exhibitions at YSP and be your own artist. Drop in...

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Art and Social for over 55s

Last Thursday of the month

Monthly social events for people aged over 55. Join us for tea or coffee and cake, followed by a look around the exhibitions, a gentle walk, or perhaps a drawing or making activity – tell us...

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Forest Fridays

Every Friday between 27 Jul & 24 Aug

From bushcraft to balance beams and woodland tools to willow-weaving, join our Forest Fridays series for families and be inspired by mother nature. Balance Beam Sculpture 27 July /...

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Forest Fridays: Balance Beam Sculpture

27 Jul 2018

Engage with the natural world and learn new skills while creating wonderful works of art. Guided by qualified outdoor instructors from Cliffe House, you'll use a variety of equipment, like ropes,...

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Stone Letter Cutting

28 Jul–29 Jul 2018

Led by artist Marcia Bennett-Male, this two-day course takes place outdoors at YSP Learning and gives first-time participants a practical, hands-on start in the discipline. While not a...

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Hidden Forest Open Day

Every Saturday between 28 Jul & 25 Aug

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest, our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and explore your right to play. Come and enjoy this magical space and have time together...

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Other Ways to Walk at YSP

28 Jul 2018

Join our Art and Wellbeing Coordinator and artist, Rachel Massey, on a mindful journey around the parkland. Other Ways to Walk cards will help guide attention and intrigue through focus, observation...

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YSP Poetry Walks: Penone’s Writings

28 Jul and 8 Sep 2018

'To enter into the forest of wood is to embark on a voyage in time, into the history of every single tree and every year of its...

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The ARTcart

1 Aug 2018

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up again! Take part in some art making, art thinking and art playing with your family. Look out for us as we move throughout the Park – just ask a member...

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Forest Fridays: Family Bushcraft Day

3 Aug 2018

Spend a day outside learning and developing your bushcraft skills. With the guidance of qualified outdoor instuctors from Cliff House, we'll take part in open fire cooking, learning to start fires...

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YSP Members: Summer Garden Tour with YSP Head Gardener

3 Aug 2018

Join YSP's Head Gardener, Terry Lee, for a tour of the Mediterranean beds in YSP’s formal gardens, rounded off with tea and cake outside the YSP centre. Gain an insight into the behind the...

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Painting en Plein Air

4 Aug 2018

Join professional artist Helen Thomas for a day of painting outdoors in the beautiful landscape of YSP. Inspired by Helen’s #100PiecesOfPlace paintings of parks in Wakefield, you'll create...

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Historic Landscape Walks – Free Introductory Tours

4 Aug and 22 Sep 2018

Join the YSP Heritage team for a free series of short introductory walks to explore the Park's interesting past, historic walks, lakes and woodlands.   Each tour will showcase a particular...

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Forest Fridays: Drawing From Nature

10 Aug 2018

Join us for a relaxing drawing session underneath the magnificent trees at YSP. Guided by artist Jo Blaker, you'll take part in playful drawing activities to help you capture light, shadow,...

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Stone Carving

Dates available in July, August and September 2018

Led by Marcia Bennett-Male, these five-day Stone Carving courses are open to all levels. The majority of participants are first time carvers together with experienced artists who want to...

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Forest Fridays: Woodland Tools

17 Aug 2018

Get a taste for bushcraft skills on this half-day session. We'll focus on the safe use of woodland tools like knives, froes and bill hooks, as well as testing out some fire lighting techniques....

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The Bretton Pleasure Grounds

18 Aug 2018

Explore YSP's woodlands and hear about the development of the pleasure grounds around Upper Lake. Learn about the follies and the lavish entertainment that past residents of Bretton Hall would...

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Tree Tales: Nature's Sculptural Giants

22 Aug 2018

"Martin Maudsley’s storytelling is masterful – engaging, witty and it held the audience spellbound.”   Join performance storyteller Martin Maudsley for a magical family...

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Forest Fridays: Woven Bird Feeders and Wonderful Nests

24 Aug 2018

Guided by artist Joevanka Gregory from Creative with Nature, you'll weave English willow into a beautiful bird feeder. You'll also forage for natural materials outside at YSP to create a woven...

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The Orchard Project at YSP: Meet the Mentors

16 Jul and 1 Sep 2018 / 11.00–15.00

Help Britain Blossom in West Yorkshire and meet The Orchard Project Mentors at YSP.   Drop in at YSP Centre and find out about The Orchard Project, a group that for the last three years has...

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Heritage Open Day 2018

8 Sep 2018

Join YSP on 8 September to mark Heritage Open Days, an annual celebration of England's architecture and culture, and find out more about the Park’s history and its surrounding...

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Still Looking: Mindfulness and Art

9 Sep 2018

A new way to take a bit of time out for yourself and enjoy experiencing art mindfully. Learn how to use mindfulness practices to move from being a passive observer to more active engagement with...

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Nightfall in the Woods (Museums at Night Autumn 2018)

14 Sep 2018

As the trees start to turn, join us to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of twilight amongst the beautiful trees and meadows of YSP. This is a unique opportunity to take some time for yourself...

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Mister Finch Magical Forest Creature Workshop

15 Sep 2018

On this one-day course you'll discover the magic behind the intricate textile creations of Mister Finch and learn how to make your own forest creature chosen by the artist himself.  The...

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Whispering Woods – Open Air Storytelling Theatre

15 Sep 2018

Journey into the lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present a magical outdoor promenade performance that explores universal themes and celebrates the journey through life,...

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Family Screen Printing

16 Sep 2018

Working with printmaker Sally Gilford, you’ll play with pattern, colour and shape to create your very own screen printed piece of art, inspired by the work of Giuseppe Penone. – This...

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Room to Breathe: Four Walks in Four Seasons

22 Sep 2018

Room to Breathe is an opportunity to spend a day at YSP walking, thinking, talking and gaining some insight into the things that are on your mind. There is time for informal talking as we walk as...

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Sean Scully: Artist Talk

28 Sep 2018

To celebrate the launch of Sean Scully: Inside Outside we are delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed artist to talk about his work and influences. Considered to be one of...

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Botanicals: Hips and Haws

7 Oct 2018

Join us for a magical, relaxing day gathering and drawing plants and learning about their medicinal properties. Medical Herbalist Sue Salmon will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during...

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Mindful Walk at YSP

7 Oct 2018

Join a guided mindful meditation to experience the art and landscape in a different way. Guided by a professional mindfulness expert, this walk will open your senses to everything the Park has to...

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The Halls at Bretton

13 Oct 2018

Hear about the early halls that were built on the Bretton Estate and how they link to Henry Vlll and Temple Newsam, as well as their influences on the architecture and design of the current...

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Family Ceramic Day

21 Oct 2018

Guided by artist Sally Storr, you'll venture into the Park to collect inspiration for your ceramic piece and return to the Garden Studio to realise your ideas in red earthenware clay. Sally will...

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Let's Draw!

28 Oct 2018

Celebrate the art of drawing at this family-focused session. Play drawing games, challenge yourself with drawing missions and uncover new drawing ideas alongside artist Natalie Bellingham....

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Winter Metal

17 Nov–18 Nov 2018

Work with master metalwork sculptors Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham to explore the use of metal to draw and divide space. Includes demonstration of tools, machines and their functions, including...

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