Remember those striking images of the rivers of red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last year? Each of the 888, 246 poppies represented a British or Colonial soldier lost in the First World War and over five million people made a pilgrimage to the Tower to see it for themselves. If you weren’t one of them, you might be pleased to know that the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will be playing host to Wave, a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads that was one of the key sculptural elements in the installation at the Tower of London that marked the centenary of the outbreak of war. You’ll find Wave in YSP’s historic Lower Lake, a 1km walk from the visitor centre and car park (a shuttle bus will be available if you can’t do it on foot).
We love visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park – it’s a chance to see some amazing sculptures in a stunning setting just an hour or so from York. The kids love it because as well as trying to figure out what the sculptures are meant to be, they can run around outside to their heart’s desire. It’s great value too – just pay for parking. Take a picnic or choose from some quality homemade food in the cafe. If you’ve got little ones, you’ll find it easier with an off-road buggy or sling (our urban buggy has a tough time on the hilly bits!). It’s a great day out at any time of year, but Wave gives us a good excuse to go again.
Wave is at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4JX) from 5th September 2015 to 10th January 2016 – free admission; parking charges apply – open daily except 24th and 25th December, 10am to 6pm