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Get a breath of fresh air at Yorkshire Sculpture Park this half term

04 Oct 2018

Escape the indoors and get creative in the fresh air, with an exciting week of activities and events at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), this October half term.
With world-class exhibitions; interactive family events and activities; open-air sculpture set in 500 acres of stunning historic landscape; and irresistible treats from the shop and restaurant, a day at YSP is a joy for all the senses, and all the family.
On 28 October, take inspiration from Giuseppe Penone’s beautiful nature-inspired show A Tree in the Wood in Let’s Draw (1.30–12.30 & 13.30–15.30 / £3 / aimed at all ages) – play drawing games, challenge yourself with drawing missions and uncover new drawing ideas alongside artist Natalie Bellingham. On 4 November, YSP’s younger visitors can hear Tales from the Gallery (10.00–10.45 & 11.15–12.00 / £3 / aimed at under 5s) told by a spellbinding storyteller. Move, make and imagine together as stories inspired by the wonder of Penone’s exhibition unfold.
The Park’s popular Forest Fridays series returns on 2 November with the Autumnal Bushcraft Day (10.00–16.00 / £20 / aimed at age 8+). Spend a day together under the trees, learning and developing outdoor skills by mastering open fire cooking, woodland tool usage and fire lighting techniques. Take up YSP’s design challenge to build your own family sculpture in Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine (30 Oct / 11.00–12.00 &13.30–14.30 / £3 / aimed at all ages). Working as a team, make something big and bold or small and subtle, all in the fresh air.
Join exhibiting artist Alice Irwin on 3 November for Life Lived with Play (11.00–16.00 / £15), a playful family printmaking workshop in which you’ll explore and respond creatively to the vibrant and colorful prints and sculptures in her exhibition.
Drop in on 31 October and borrow a free set of Walk & Play YSP (11.00–15.00) cards to explore the Park in fresh, imaginative and maybe even mischievous ways. Or pick up a ‘50 Ways to Play’ guide, any day of the week, which gives wild and wonderful suggestions for free things to do around the Park. There’s also Sculpture Cam, YSP’s digital treasure hunt which takes you in search of sculptures to snap.
Elsewhere in the Park, enjoy more outstanding exhibitions with the help of free family resources in YSP’s galleries. Try try out some weaving in the Chapel, alongside Chiharu Shiota’s thread installation Beyond Time (until 4 Nov); and create your own stacked sculpture inspired by Sean Scully’s Inside Outside in Longside Gallery and the open air.
Don’t forget to visit YSP Shop for exclusive exhibition merchandise and a distinctive selection of products from international artists, contemporary designers and talented makers. Then grab a bite to eat at YSP Restaurant with delicious locally sourced, seasonal food and stunning views of the Henry Moore bronzes in the Country Park.
YSP is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free, parking charges apply.

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