Monday, 9 June 2014

Rainy Day Out

We went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Saturday morning. 
It wasn't the best day for an outdoorsy family day out but we still went
anyway. We were hoping that the rain would let up after awhile and
 luckily it did! There was another heavy downpour as soon as we got
there but only for a few minutes and after that the rain stayed away
for a couple of hours,  just long enough for us to have a wander
 around with my parents-in-law and see some of the new open air

We started off at the Bothy gardens then meandered down
to the hillside to one of my favourites in the park, Barbara Hepworth's
'Family of Man', where the girls played a little game of hide and seek
with GrandDad. It was the perfect day for jumping on muddy
puddles and they did a lot of that and running around.

The whole time there were dark clouds threatening more
rain so instead of going further down to the lake we went to the
Underground Gallery and then back to the YSP Centre for a
bit of cake, juice and coffee. We sat in the balcony looking out
to a beautiful landscape dotted with Henry Moore sculptures
and grazing sheep. Even in such awful weather it was still
a fantastic view.

After a little rest we had a quick look round the shop
(so many lovely things!), admired Rob Ryan's original papercut
celebrating the Yorkshire landscape, cycling and the upcoming
Tour de France leg in Yorkshire (nearly £10,000!) and then made
our way down to the chapel to see an exhibition by the
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. 

The Chinese government has recently confiscated Ai Weiwei's
passport and he can only collaborate with the park through emails
 for this exhibition, making every piece even more meaningful
and remarkable.

It started to rain soon after this but by then we were already
about to leave so we were lucky again. We'd like to come back
for another visit this summer and see more of the park. We're lucky
that we're only half an hour's drive away from this wonderful outdoor
art gallery and we really should come more often, hopefully on a
much sunnier and warmer day than this. But I'm glad we came.
It was still a lovely family day out despite the rain.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope your weekend was lovely and
not too rainy. See you soon!


  1. Looks like you had some fun despite the miserable weather!

  2. What a lovely time! And, coming from a rainy area myself, you've just got to go in spite of the rain, or how few the outings would be! Everything is wonderful, but the papercut, especially, leaves me in awe! I just looked him up, his work is so beautiful. Papercutting just blows me away.

  3. Ahh, now that is one place I want to go to! Everyone I know who has been says it is so good. Love the photo of your book and wool on the dashboard with the rain pouring down. At least you didn't let the rain put you off your plans for the day - and you managed a couple of hours outside in the fresh air
    Have a good week too
    Caz xx

  4. What a wonderful place, and what a lot to see and do. I always think everything looks marvellous after the rain, colours defined and fantastic contrasts. A café is always a welcome refuge from inclement weather! And I love rhe pics of the children having fun with the sculptures.

  5. This is such an adventure. I wish there were more places like this near where I live, so that we can enjoy, nature, art, and history all in one. Your daughter's raincoat is ADORABLE!

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  7. Looks like you all had a great time, even though it was rainy. I love Rob Ryan's work too.
    Marianne x
    Ps your girls are so cute!

  8. Seems a fab time was had in spite of the weather. I love the YSP. We live 30 mins away too, only we're further north.