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Families

YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland. 

With 80 works in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch many of the sculptures. Family favourites in the Park 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 casts of domestic items and plastic toys.

Families will also enjoy walks around the lakes and surrounding woodland where they'll discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features including a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.

YSP was longlisted in the 2012 Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award. YSP supports the Kids in Museums Manifesto.

‘The perfect antidote to the stuffy and staid traditional gallery environment, here families are free to wander through the Park’s 500 acres without constraint. A uniquely family-friendly modern art experience’

Junior Magazine

Family Arts Standards

We have signed up to the Family Arts Standards. We welcome families and to help you enjoy your experience we are committed to ensuring we meet these Standards. As we continue to improve our service for families your views are very important to us – so please let us know if you have a good experience with us or tell us what you’d like us to improve.

Facilities for families

–Baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery
–Highchairs in the Restaurant and Café
–Family-friendly food and drink, unlimited tap water
–Picnic areas
–Family-friendly events – see forthcoming events below
–Pocket money souvenirs and affordable children's accessories available to purchase in the YSP Shop and Café

We are proud to be a breastfeeding friendly venue and welcome breastfeeding in all areas of our premises. 

Free resources for families

Download the 50 Ways to Play guide, packed with wild and wonderful free things to do everyday across YSP
Download the YSP Chatterbox 
Download the Family Introduction leaflet to find out more about the Park
View a list of exhibition resources to download
Download the YSP WILD Explorer Trail 
Find out about Sculpture Cam, our web app to use at the Park

Season of Play 2018

Soak up a spectacular summer and celebrate a ‘Season of Play’ summer 2018. Throughout the holidays, enjoy a series of playful events and activities which invite visitors to play across the 500-acre landscape.

Every day of the week, pick up a 50 Ways to Play guide, packed with wild and wonderful free things to do around the Park, including: pooh sticks; creating your own natural sculpture; and the WILD Explorer Nature Trail. Or, try out our web app Sculpture Cam, to experience and interact with the sculptures from literally every angle!

Summer Pass

Enjoy unlimited parking all summer long with our 'Season of Play' summer pass! For £30, visit YSP throughout the summer holidays (23 July–2 September 2018) and benefit from free parking all day, every day as well as discounts in YSP Shop, the restaurant, cafes, and on our picnic packages. 

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Family Events

Free

Event

ARTcart Coffin Jump

18 Aug and 26 Aug 2018

Take part in free, playful activities with the #YSPFamily ARTcart. This time, we'll do some art making, art thinking and art playing to explore the ideas behind The Coffin Jump, a sculpture...

Free

Event

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...

Free

Event

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...

Event

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...

Event

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...

Event

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...

Event

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,...

Event

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...

Event

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...

Event

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....

Event

Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decorations

2 Dec 2018

Get your family in the Christmas spirit at this festive tree decoration workshop. Artist Sally Storr will guide you in making Christmas decorations to treasure, taking inspiration from our current...

Event

YSP Poetry Walks – Winter: Penone's Writings 1968–2008

2 Feb 2019

 '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 life.'   – Giuseppe...

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