Winter of Light and Fire

Nourish your imagination and prioritise wellbeing this winter with activities inspired by the elements light and fire.

Following ancient traditions, we invite you to gather round warm fires, experience music, song and poetry as well as delicious food and drink.

Be inspired by artworks, make time for your own creativity, enjoy a meal by candlelight, or simply enjoy a moment of pause. Anchored around the Light Organ in the Chapel, this season offers a feast of sensory experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Food and drink

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

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.

Enjoy Sunday lunch in The Kitchen Café with friends and family, with 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.

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. Take part in playful activities for all ages inspired by the exhibition and try creating 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 this season include Light Organ in the Chapel, 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.

Pick up a YSP Map to help you locate sculptures around the Park or join a guided Art and Landscape Twilight Tour (selected Saturdays at 15.00, until 20 January 2024).


Treat yourself or get a head start on your Christmas shopping at 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.

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