Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Nr Wakefield – ysp.co.uk
Anne has kindly put together a write-up on her day out to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for us………
Hubby and I ventured to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), near Wakefield, yesterday, 25 November, and had a fabulous day. YSP is set in 500 acres of stunning Yorkshire countryside and woodland and offers over 100 sculptures to see in the open air, and is certainly well worth a visit.
As the site is so vast, I opted to hire one of the free mobility scooters on offer (the first time I have ever done that!), and what a god send it was! Although I was a bit limited to where I could go, as the ground was so boggy, I know I would never have been able to get to see the “Wave” without the “beasty”, and would highly recommend anyone to hire one if you do venture to the Park and struggle to walk any distance, but do book it in advance, as I did, to ensure one is available for your use. There are also wheelchairs available for hire, as another option. YSP only ask for a donation (optional) to help maintain the scooters, which I gladly gave.
We went primarily to see the Poppies: Wave, a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, which rises up from the YSP’s Lower Lake, and reaching over the Park’s historic Cascade Bridge. The sculpture was initially one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation at the Tower of London, in autumn of 2014, created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war. The Wave is at the YSP until 10 January 2016.
Although some areas can be difficult to access due to uneven terrain, there are pathways which are suitable for wheelchairs etc, but before trying to use the tracks they strongly advise wheelchair and mobility scooter users to seek route and ground condition advice in the YSP Centre.
There is also a daily shuttle bus service, which runs approximately every 20 minutes between 10am and 4pm, to transfer visitors between YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Boat House (the nearest point to the Wave). You then have a walk to the actual display (if you go while it is still there).
There is plenty of car parking available, including disabled car parking. Fees apply to all visitors, including Blue Badge holders, but all proceeds support YSP, and I didn’t think £8 for the day was too bad (there are also shorter stay options). Coffee shop, Café and restaurant are also available, and there are galleries indoors too.
If anyone decides to go I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.