A Weekend of Wonderful Things

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Encounter everything that is wonderful about YSP with a range of special events, performances and experiences. See special events below
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This summer, we're celebrating our 40th anniversary with A Weekend of Wonderful Things. On 14 to 16 July 2017, from dawn until dusk, encounter everything that is wonderful about YSP with a range of special events and experiences. Enjoy art from all angles with space to breathe in the Park’s stunning 500-acre landscape, complemented by delicious food and drink.  

Download the full event listings for the weekend (also available to pick up on the day).

FRIDAY 14 JULY
Be among the first to see Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection, in Longside Gallery – open 3–5pm, or see Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects in the Underground Gallery and Garden Gallery – open until 8pm. YSP Shop open until 7pm and YSP Restaurant open until 9pm (hot food until 8.30pm).

7pm–8.30pm
An Art Adventure After Hours 
SOLD OUT

£3 / Open air / Aimed at age 5+
 
From 8pm
Stargazing in Bretton Country Park with West Yorkshire Astronomical Society
Free / Country Park / Suitable for all ages
 
8pm–10.30pm
Nightfall in the Woods 
SOLD OUT

£10 / Open air / Suitable for age 16+

9.30pm–10.30pm
Simply Sitting at Sunset in the Skyspace
£6 / Deer Shelter Skyspace / Suitable for all ages

SATURDAY 15 JULY
 
All day
Rest is Radical
Free / YSP Learning / Suitable for all ages
 
4.30am–6am
Sunrise in the Skyspace
£25, £16 children (inc. free parking and full English breakfast) / Deer Shelter Skyspace / Suitable for all ages
The sunrise is followed by breakfast and fresh coffee in YSP Restaurant.
 
4.30am–6.30am
Dawn Yoga in the Chapel 
SOLD OUT

£10 (inc. free parking) / Chapel / Suitable for age 16+
 
10.30am–12.30pm
Padding Around the Park: A Barefoot Walk at YSP 
SOLD OUT
£5 / Booking essential / Open air / Suitable for age 12+
 
10.30am–4pm
Hidden Forest
Free / Drop-in / Hidden Forest / Aimed at under 5s

From 10.30am
Pop-up music across the Park 
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages

From 11am
The Magick Lounge: World of Wonders
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
11am–12pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
£3 / No advance bookings / Open air / Aimed at all ages

11am–3pm
Caribbean Carnival Music
Free / Lower Park / Suitable for all ages

11am–3pm
Let’s Talk About Art with Uncanny Theatre
Free / Hillside / Suitable for all ages 

11am–4pm
The ARTcart
Free / Country Park / Aimed at all ages

11am–5pm
Theremin Bollards
Free / Drop-in / Learning Tent / Suitable for all ages
 
1.30pm–2.30pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at all ages

2.30pm–4.30pm
Afternoon Tea with Diana Beaumont
SOLD OUT
£8.50 adults, £6 children / Meet at YSP Learning / Suitable for all ages

From 2.30pm
Secret Silent Disco
Free / Lower Park / Suitable for all ages

4pm–5pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at all ages
 
From 8pm
Stargazing in Bretton Country Park with West Yorkshire Astronomical Society
Free / Country Park / Suitable for all ages
 
9pm–10pm
Sound Bath Meditation in the Skyspace
SOLD OUT
£10 / Deer Shelter Skyspace – Meet at YSP Centre Information Desk / Suitable for age 16+
 
9.30pm–11.30pm
Sculpture in the Shadows: A Sunset Walk 
SOLD OUT
£5 / Booking essential / Open air / Suitable for age 12+

SUNDAY 16 JULY
 
All day
Rest is Radical
Free / YSP Learning / Suitable for all ages

From 10.30am
Pop-up music across the Park 
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages

From 11am
Same Difference Arts: A Few Feet Up
Free / Drop-in / Open Air / Suitable for all ages

10.30am–12pm
Hannes Fessmann Sound Sculpture Workshop
SOLD OUT
Free / Booking advised / Chapel / Suitable for all ages 
 
10.30am–4pm
Hidden Forest
Free / Drop-in / Hidden Forest / Aimed at under 5s
 
11am–12pm
Animal Escapades
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at under 6s

11am–4pm
The ARTcart
Free / Country Park / Aimed at all ages

11am–4pm
The Magick Lounge: World of Wonders
Free / Open air / Suitable for all ages
 
12pm–1pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
£3 / No advance bookings / Open air / Aimed at all ages
 
12.30pm–2.30pm
Hannes Fessmann Sound Sculpture Drop-in Workshop
Free / Drop-in / Chapel / Suitable for all ages 

1pm–2pm
Animal Escapades
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at under 6s

1.30pm–2.30pm
African Drumming
Free / Drop-in / Lower Park / Suitable for all ages

1.30pm–3.30pm
Secret Silent Disco
Free / Lower Park / Suitable for all ages

2pm–3pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at all ages

2pm–4.30pm
Other Ways to Walk
£5 / Meet at YSP Learning / Suitable for 12+

2.30pm–3.30pm
Architectural Parade with Emily Speed
Free / Starts at Lower Park / Suitable for all ages

3pm–4pm
Animal Escapades
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at under 6s

3.30pm–4.15pm
Hannes Fessmann Sound Sculpture Performance
Free / Chapel / Suitable for all ages

4pm–5pm
Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine
£3 / No advance bookings / Lower Park / Aimed at all ages


The Weekend of Wonderful Things is a great opportunity to see some of YSP’s exhibitions out of hours. Be among the first to see Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection, in Longside Gallery; experience spectacular sculptures made from dice, glass, stainless steel and bronze in Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects, in the Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and open air; see how childhood experience can influence artists with Tread Softly in the Bothy Gallery; and take a look at Alice Pattullo’s superstition and folklore-inspired prints in Of House and Home, in YSP Centre.
 
The weekend is also a fantastic chance to discover an exciting display of new work in the open air by leading international artists, also part of the anniversary celebrations. New installations include Ai Weiwei’s dramatic group of 12 bronze Zodiac Heads and Wilsis, a beautiful new seven-metre-high cast iron head by Jaume Plensa which overlooks the lake.

OPENING TIMES DURING THE WEEKEND
Longside Gallery (shuttle bus available)

Friday 14 July 15.00–17.00
Saturday 15 July 11.00–18.00
Sunday 16 July 11.00–16.00

Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and Bothy Gallery
Friday 14 July and Saturday 15 July 10.00–20.00
Sunday 16 July 10.00–17.00

VISIT YSP SHOP
Friday 14 July 10.00–19.00
Saturday 15 July 10.00–20.00
Sunday 16 July 10.00–17.00

ENJOY FOOD AND DRINK AT YSP RESTAURANT
Friday 14 July 10.00–21.00
(serving breakfast 10.00–11.30,hot food 11.30–15.00 and 17.00–20.30)
Saturday 15 July 06.30–21.00
(serving breakfast 07.00–11.30, hot food 11.30–15.00 and 17.00–20.30)
Sunday 16 July open 10.00–17.00
(serving breakfast 10.00–11.30, hot food 11.30–15.00)