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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Before the madness of panto and festivities took over my brain, I took a little trip Oop North to visit a couple of my dearest chums, and to meet their newest addition to the family, Baby Beatrice. Staying at their house means great food, wonderful conversation, raspberry picking and breathing in huge lungfuls of delicious Yorkshire air before reluctantly leaving, with a heart bursting with love.

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Catherine and I got wellied up and took Baby Bea for a day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It was a glorious Autumn day, the kind where the leaves set the trees alight with colour, the sky is a big singing shade of blue, and the sunshine cuts through the chill in the air.

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After fuelling up with caffeine (and milk for Baby Bea) we set to taking a leisurely stroll through the park. Comprised of 500 rolling acres of beautiful British countryside, the park is home  to over 80 open-air sculptures as well as 4 galleries.

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Some of these open air sculptures are HUUUUGGE, demanding your attention as soon as you step round a new corner and interacting with the space around them.

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Whereas others are more subtle, hiding away in places for you to seek out and find, like this guy who was hidden away in the leafy Camellia House!

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I loved the surprise factor of each sculpture, never knowing quite what you’d find next, whether it was a sleek modern creation, or a colourful creature sprawling itself out on  the woodland floor!

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There are sculptures by some of the most celebrated artists of our time, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore- I could go on.

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And as breathtaking and exciting as the sculptures themselves, was the landscape itself!

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As the sun began to dip, we strolled across the Cascade Bridge to take in some views over the Lower Lake.

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Deciding then that it was definitely time for a brew and a scone, we made our way back through the park, past Bretton Hall and up through the Country Park, weaving our way round all the sheep that call that hill home.

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I LOVED Yorkshire Sculpture Park, especially in the Autumn! I absolutely can’t wait to go back and visit again come the changing seasons. THINK OF THE DAFFODILS THOUGH!

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2 Comments

  1. Richard Beenham

    January 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Ah, Katie. Lovely stuff. Lovely, lovely stuff. I spent three years in the midst of that landscape when I did my Dramatic Arts degree at Bretton Hall. I lived on campus during my first year and went for walks through the Sculpture Park and around the lake as often as I could. Bretton Hall was a very, very special place. It closed in 2007 and is being developed into a hotel now (the horror!), but when it was a university it was an amazing and beautiful place to be. Thanks for such a lovely write-up and for such beautiful photos too. It’s taken me right back to 1995!

  2. Leanne

    January 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Gorgeous pictures Hun! One to add to the bucket list! x

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