Days out in Yorkshire: Druids Temple, near Masham

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One of my early memories as a kid is lazily laying on my back in the grass listening to the world go by and feeling totally content.

Not many places can help me recall both the memory and feeling of those heady days, but the world class attraction that is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) comes real close.

Its latest award, fresh off the presentation podium, is evidence of its Premier League quality – this week it deservedly won the national Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.

But what makes a park with a few bits of art scattered around so special? Well for starters, that’s a terrible description of it!

The breathtaking natural beauty of the grounds’ rolling hills, trees and lake are matched only by the accessibly brilliant artworks that anyone can enjoy.

They’re rolling exhibitions and regular mainstays are simply stunning – diverse, jaw dropping and at times controversial, the artworks are great simply to look at and certainly to do the odd selfie with.

I’d attempt to sell the latest exhibitions, but would fail to capture what only a visit can – so see for yourself.

If it’s nice weather, take a picnic, grab your shades and explore the lush lands featuring a host of outdoor sculptures. It’s perfect for buggies and wheelchairs too.

If the weather is less friendly, then stick on a coat and do the same – the natural drama of Mother Nature on this landscape creates a whole new experience. Great cafes finish off the visit.

It’s free to roam, but parking charges apply - small price for something so incredible..

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Price: Free entry, paid-for parking

Opening Times: 10am to 6pm

Address: West Bretton, Wakefield

Car Parking: On site

Attraction Website: www.ysp.co.uk

Telephone: 01924 832631

Sat Nav: WF4 4LG

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

Wensleydale Creamery supplied picture of Managing Director David Hartley. Picture: Daniel Oxtoby

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