A day out at YSP this summer
Enjoy a summer's day out at YSP with your loved ones.
Summer of Love:
Our new summer events programme
Join us for the Summer of Love – a new programme of projects, activities and events celebrating human relationships, understanding and love – taking inspiration from the themes of the current exhibition Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958–2018. Visit the new exhibition On Queer Ground in the Bothy Gallery and see Jason Wilsher-Mills’ giant, colourful figures in the landscape.
Things to do
This year’s headline show presents sculpture, painting and prints spanning 60 years of Robert Indiana’s career, in the first major UK exhibition of this exceptional American artist. Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958–2018 features over 50 works, exploring American identity, personal history, and social justice. Six monumental sculptures can be found outdoors, with Indiana’s famous LOVE welcoming visitors to the park.
A powerful and thought-provoking display of drawings by Jaume Plensa are presented in the Chapel and The Weston Gallery. Reflecting on global human rights and mental health, at the heart is a message of unity that speaks to the fundamental things that connect us all as human beings.
In the YSP Centre, new works by painter and illustrator Janine Burrows celebrate the beauty of the Yorkshire landscape.
Visiting the exhibitions with little artists?
Pick up an activity basket in the Underground Gallery and discover a variety of creative activities designed for all ages to experience the Robert Indiana exhibition together.
A range of Talking and Drawing Together resources can be found in most indoor gallery spaces and can be downloaded from our website too.
Our Learning Team run a fantastic programme of family events to complement the exhibitions throughout the year.
Children under 18 can visit YSP for free, and there is a reduced rate for adults who are in full-time education. Book a free ticket.
Discover Art outdoors
The park is bursting with summer colour and is the perfect place to enjoy art outdoors, a revitalising walk, and feel connected to nature.
The 500-acre estate is home to around 100 sculptures and installations, situated against the beautiful backdrop of lakes, woodland, formal gardens, historic follies and rolling countryside. We even have resident sheep, geese and Highland cows!
The YSP grounds were once a vibrant country estate and still retain many fascinating historical features dating back to the 18th century.
See if you can spot interesting remnants of the past on your next walk around the park, such as Lady Eglinton’s Well, the Obelisk, the Greek Temple, and the Shell Grotto.
Our knowledgeable volunteers lead a regular programme of heritage walks you can join too.
Food and drink
After taking in the delights of the landscape and galleries, you will surely be in need of some refreshment.
Enjoy a picnic in the park at one of our designated picnic sites, or pick up a well-earned ice cream from our café kiosk.
We also have several cafes and a restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal with stunning views.
Discover events, exhibitions, workshops and moreMore
- Art Outdoors
Ro Robertson: Stone (Butch)Robertson’s Stone (Butch) (2021) is part of a body of works exploring the terrain of the queer body in the landscape and was created by plaster casting directly in crevices in natural rock formations at Godrevy Point (St Ives Bay, Cornwall).
Sculpture Baby: Light Organ–Spend creative time with your baby and enjoy this sensory session set in the colourful Light Organ installation in the Chapel.
Sculpture Baby: Erwin WurmSpend creative time with your baby and enjoy this sensory session inspired by the Erwin Wurm exhibition in the Underground Gallery.
Discover in a DayStart your Arts Award adventure at YSP. Arts Award Discover is an introductory programme for children and young people aged up to 25. During this session, we'll visit YSP exhibitions, create art in response to them and share our discoveries. With the support of YSP Arts Award advisors, you will complete your Arts Award Discover by the end of the day.