An autumn day out at YSP

Take your time exploring the landscape, discover remarkable outdoor sculptures and world-class exhibitions, take part in creative activities, eat delicious food and shop for unique products and art.

Plan a visit to experience Light Organ, a joyful and interactive artwork that brings the Chapel to life with mesmerising colours, sounds and patterns of light. Explore the Park after-hours to see a new side of the familiar landscape, and indulge in seasonal dining experiences.

Don't forget, entry is free for 25s and under, and parking is included in all tickets so you can take your time to explore outdoors and indoors.

Family activities

Visiting with children?  Keep curious minds entertained with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to get stuck into.

Explore the natural world while noticing the changing season on an autumn family walk, enjoy storytelling inspired by our indoor exhibitions, and follow your child’s imagination as they explore, create and play under a canopy of trees in the Hidden Forest.

Set off on a walk following the Andy Goldsworthy trail and nature and sculpture with our scavenger hunt. A range of resources to get talking and creating your own artwork can be found in most indoor gallery spaces and can be downloaded from our website to use at home.  

Find a children’s activity basket in the Underground Gallery and discover a variety of creative activities designed for all ages to experience the Erwin Wurm exhibition together and try making your own One Minute Sculptures.

People aged 25 and under can visit YSP for free. Book a free ticket. 

Food and drink

Recharge with a delicious meal at The Weston or warm chilly hands with a coffee, with stunning views of the Park.

Breakfast: Fuel your visit with a hearty cooked breakfast in The Kitchen Café, featuring locally sourced bacon and sausage and free-range eggs, freshly baked pastries and delicious coffee. Available Tuesday–Sunday 10.00–11.45.

Sunday Lunch: Gather in The Kitchen Café with friends and family, and enjoy a selection of traditional locally sourced roast meats with accompaniments, hot carved sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan specials, homemade puddings and pastries on offer. Available 12.00–15.00 on Sundays throughout the winter months.

Look out for special dining experiences including Christmas by candlelight at The Weston, and the return of our Festive Sunday Lunch menu at The Kitchen Café.

Must-see exhibitions

World-class exhibitions await in our four indoor galleries, including humorous and thought-provoking work by the renowned Austrian artist Erwin Wurm.

Create your own One Minute Sculpturesan ongoing series of works where participants interact with ordinary objects such as buckets, fruit or chairs.

Drop-in to free bitesize exhibition highlight tours on selected weekends at 14.30.

Other highlights include new ceramic, textile and basketwork sculptures by Jonathan Baldock in The Weston Gallery and new works by world-renowned ceramic artist Florian Gadsby at YSP Centre.

Outdoors in the Formal Garden, explore Daniel Arsham's Relics in the Landscape, inspired by ancient monuments and cartoon characters. We talked to Arsham about his work, and to some of his fans about why they love it.

Discover art outdoors

Whatever the weather, YSP is the perfect place to enjoy and connect with nature. There are lakes, woodlands, gardens and countryside to explore – home to sheep, geese, herons and Highland cows.

Set against this beautiful backdrop are 100 artworks outdoors by some of the world’s leading artists. You can find giant iconic handbags, enormous animals, colourful shapes and fascinating figures.

New this season is Alice Irwin’s playful, vivid pink Streaky Dance, which celebrates our unique bodies. Nearby, Gold Lamé by activist and artist Tony Heaton transforms a 1970s disability microcar into a gleaming sculpture and challenges how we think about disability.

Pick up a YSP Map to help you locate sculptures around the Park.


Buy your Christmas presents from our award-winning shops. You’ll be sure to find a unique gift – we work closely with talented artists to create bespoke exhibition merchandise and exclusive limited editions, as well as having a beautiful range of contemporary jewellery and craft.

Browse books, homeware, accessories, food and more in person at the YSP Centre and The Weston, or online.

New at YSP Shop

  1. Erwin Wurm: Untitled, 2023

  2. Florian Gadsby: By My Hands - Signed Copy


Things to do

Heritage sites

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. Discover more about the families who made Bretton Hall their home and the history of the estate with our knowledgeable volunteers who lead a regular programme of guided walks. Drop-in to free Art and Landscape highlight tours on weekends until 29 October.