We had big plans for Bank Holiday Monday involving outdoor adventures, but as the date swiftly approached, the weather looked fairly miserable (and we forgot to take our wellies over to Nick’s parents house!). So today, instead of heading to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, or Nostell Priory, we made our way to The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.
It’s somewhere we’ve been wanting to visit for ages, and I’m so glad we did as it’s a fantastic place to take the kids!
The gallery is full of sculptures and paintings by various artists (including Barbara Hepworth herself), and Busby loved wandering around examining everything and asking hundreds of questions. She loves art galleries, so she was in her element.
H-Bear is a bit of a force to be reckoned with, and didn’t quite have the same appreciation for the art… However, the interactive room, which is currently part of the JW Anderson Disobedient Bodies exhibition, was a huge hit with both children!
The room is full of tall, stretchy jumpers, and people are encouraged to play with the garments.
We spent a good 30 minutes in the interactive room before Nick took H-Bear downstairs for a snack, and I continued looking around with Busby.
We stumbled across a children’s craft point on our adventure, so we stopped off for Busby to make a fashionable outfit! There were three craft activities available to take part in, and all of them were free.
After Busby had finished her picture we found Nick and H-Bear looking for us, so we did a bit more exploring before heading back to the car.
I was so impressed with The Hepworth, and can’t wait to go back! Entry was free (although if you need to park, the gallery car park was about £5), and there’s so much to do. For sunnier days there’s a great outdoor play area and even more sculptures by the river.
The Hepworth has lots of fun activities for children this half term (29th May-4th June 2017), including make your own roller-printed artwork! Check out The Hepworth Wakefield website for more details. The gallery would be a great place to take the children if the weather continues to be so dire – or if you fancy doing something a bit different. I’m eager to attend one of the Baby Raves with H-Bear once Busby starts school in September!