Going Out: Art in the park is acres of fun

Ahead of the game: Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park encourages tactile and sensory interaction.
Ahead of the game: Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park encourages tactile and sensory interaction.
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TRY these great places to visit - our top 10 guide to family outings in and around the region.

1. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Junction 38 of the M1, West Bretton: Some 500 acres of parkland and a number of indoor galleries house changing exhibitions of contemporary art and sculpture.

The only one of its kind, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, an experience and enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.

Explore open-air displays by some of the world’s finest artists, enjoy fascinating exhibitions throughout four stunning galleries, and be inspired by the natural beauty of an historic estate.

Admission is free, parking is £5. Tel: 01924 832631

2. A trip along Ecclesall Road. Head to Ecclesall Road in Sheffield for a spot of January sale shopping and a bite to eat in the areas’ many coffee shops and restaurants. Tel: 0114 221 190

3. iceSheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield. Go skating at iceSheffield. Have fun and get fitter at the same time at iceSheffield in impressive, contemporary surroundings. Tel: 0114 223 3900

4. Forge Dam. Ivy Cottage Lane, Sheffield. The playground area has equipment suitable for children of all ages, including an impressive slide built into the hillside, swings and a tractor-shaped climbing frame. Ducks swim on the dam and walks beside the River Porter and through the woodland are popular.

The popular café serves drinks, ice creams, sandwiches and hot snacks, and confectionery and simple toys are on offer. Tel: 0114 221 1900

5. Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield. The Showroom is one of the largest independent cinemas in Europe with four auditoria, education spaces and a café/bar.

It presents a lively programme of films and documentaries from around the world, from contemporary film to classic cinema, and is the place to be for anyone with passion for film. Tel: 0114 275 7727

6. A walk in Padley Gorge, Longshaw Estate: Follow the stone path through the ancient wooded gorge and feel centuries of history beneath your feet and overhead. Padley Gorge is one of the finest remaining examples of oak and birch woodland that once covered many Dark Peak valleys. Down below, Burbage Brook tumbles over the massive boulders beneath. Tel: 0114 221 1900

7 Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield (open from January 3). Kelham Island Museum houses the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story. Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, the museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Admission: Adult £4.50, concessions £3.50, accompanied children: Free. Tel: 0114 272 2106

8 Graves Park, Hemsworth Road, Sheffield: Graves Park is Sheffield’s biggest park, located in the south west of the city, between Woodseats, Norton and Meadowhead. The park offers formal gardens, a rare breeds farm, ancient woodland, playgrounds, sports fields, a café, bowling greens, tennis courts, small lakes, a golf course and a cricket oval. Tel: 0114 221 1900

9 Whirlowbrook Park, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield. Go for a walk in the beautiful grounds of Whirlowbrook Hall. Walk round the mature gardens, feed the ducks, look at the Japanese water garden and, if you are feeling hungry, stop off and have a snack in the cafe. Tel: 0114 221 3003

10. Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield: The Millennium Gallery is Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of Sheffield’s unique heritage, including the metalwork which made the city world famous, alongside contemporary art and design exhibitions. Current exhibitions include an annual craft selling show, the Ruskin Collection and metalwork displays (Closed Sunday, January 1). Tel: 0114 278 2600