Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We’re back from our holiday in Yorkshire and by eck I’m tired! Is it just me or are holidays more exhausting than everyday life when you have small children?? There were plenty of good points and also a few not so good points along the way.  This is our third November trip to the Yorkshire Dales and I’m sure there’s still plenty of stuff to do there.  There’s lots I’d like to write about to keep as memories but also to share for any of you who may visit the Yorkshire Dales, but I thought I’d just write a few highlights over the next week or so, so as not to bore you too much ;-).

Our journey from Derby to Hebden, nr Grassington takes around two and a half hours, which is a bit too long to do in one drive, boys will be screaming along to Bob the Builder by that point and I will quite likely be in tears.  So we broke our journey up with a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. If you are ever travelling past Junc 38 of the M1 then you should definitely make a visit. It is a brilliantly family friendly location with many ‘hands on’ sculptures and great opportunities for outdoor play. The gallery, shop and cafe are in a very cool, contemporary building which overlooks a stunning country park, filled with sculptures by Henry Moore. When we arrived the fog was as thick as pea soup which made appreciating the view a little difficult.  So straight to the cafe for us. The cafe alone is a valid reason to visit.  Hot pork baguettes with gravy and onion marmalade and a bucket of homemade chips, in fact all of the food looks amazing but the baguettes they do are fantastic.  The boys were very taken by chips being served in a bucket! The fog began to lift as we stuffed our faces and created a very eerie atmosphere. The Farmer seems to have a bug for the past two weeks and with it developed an allergy for the outdoors, in particular walking outdoors…So we didn’t explore as much as usual. The shop is really nice full you quirky gift ideas. We had a quick look at the Miro exhibit, quite impressive but I won’t deny it, I am not all that sure about the meaning of many artworks.  To me art is something that looks right, balances well and occasionally strikes a chord of emotion.

I can’t quite figure out what this one represents….

If you have got the time the park is lovely to walk around, my favourite part is the secret garden of sculptures, where you can find lots of winding little paths and a fairy treehouse. Entry into the galleries and park is free, but you will need to pay to park, it’s not cheap but it is worth it.

Time for reflection, The Fireman appreciating the artworks

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