The Sculpture Park in Surrey offers a unique combination of art and nature. Set in 10 acres of woodland, with 3 lakes, the Sculpture Park shows off its eclectic collection of art in a natural, picturesque setting.
In fact, you don’t even need to be an art expert to enjoy a visit to the Sculpture Park. You can just enjoy a leisurely walk in this idyllic location, with the 650 sculptures thrown in as a bonus. Honestly, it is a great place for a family day out in Surrey.
Discover where to find the Sculpture Park, how to get there and what to expect on a visit to the Sculpture Park with kids.
Where is the Sculpture Park?
The Sculpture Park is in the small, pretty village of Churt, near Farnham in Surrey. It is on the corner of Jumps Road and Tilford Road. The postcode for the Sculpture Park is GU10 2LH.
How do I get to the Sculpture Park in Farnham?
The easiest way to get to the Sculpture Park is by car, either via Farnham on the A31 or Hindhead on the A3.
There is some limited parking in front of the Park, or alternatively use the car park in the pub opposite.
The Devil's Jumps Walk
Rather than driving all the way, we actually parked at Little Frensham Pond and took the scenic Devil’s Jumps walk.
From here, it is a wonderful walk around the lake and across beautiful Surrey countryside. Just before the park, you have to climb up one of 3 small hills, The Devil’s Jumps, giving you magnificent views for miles around. Apparently, there are many folklore legends linked to these hills and it was even rumoured that the Devil would jump from one to another, hence the name.
Although it was a great walk, it is about 5 miles in total. This was really too much if you are going to make the most of the Sculpture Park with kids. So, if you’re taking the family, I’d recommend driving all the way.
When is the Sculpture Park open?
The Sculpture Park is open every day from 10am-5pm, all year round.
Our visit to the Sculpture Park
On arrival at the Sculpture Park, we headed for reception, where we received a guide book, with details of all the sculptures.
There are 4 coloured arrows, which lead you round the gardens, ensuring you don’t miss any of the sculptures. The trail is about 2 miles in total and there are different sculptures everywhere you look. It is such an eclectic mix, in all shapes, sizes and materials, that there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
To add to the peaceful ambience of the park, there are wind chimes hanging in some trees, which echo their melodic notes around the gardens.
Sculpture for the kids
The art is very contemporary and most of the pieces will appeal to children. There are sculptures of animals, skeletons, water features and other obscure pieces that will pique their interest.
One of our favourite sculptures was made completely from discarded toys. Another to look out for, is the trees made of old boots.
One of the advantages is that the sculptures didn’t seem to be in any discernible order, so you never knew what to expect next. Another positive is that you can admire the sculptures at your own pace. Honestly, you can even leave some for another time if your kids have had enough art for one day.
The highlight of the trip for the Chimptrip kids was a large installation piece, called The Mineshaft. We entered a concrete room and followed the walls round an indoor maze in pitch black. The complete darkness is very eerie and I felt an incredible sensation of losing all sense of size and direction. Too scary for me, but the kids loved it!
Art for sale
In total, there are over 650 sculptures from 300 different international sculptors. It is the largest all-year sculpture exhibition in the world.
The sculptures are all numbered and most are for sale. By referring to the guide, you can see what each item of art costs. A fun game to play was guessing the real price of the art. Of course, it was way out of our league and we never got any right!
As the art is for sale, the sculptures get changed, so you can see different art on subsequent visits.
Refreshments at the Sculpture Park
There isn’t a cafe at the Sculpture Park, or any refreshments for sale. However, there are plenty of benches and scenic spots to stop for a picnic.
Alternatively, you could head for the Bel and Dragon pub opposite the sculpture garden. Here you can get snacks or meals, with the added bonus of an open fire in winter.
A visit to The Sculpture Park is one of the many fantastic things to do in the Surrey Hills. Its great setting in an arboretum means that you can enjoy art, whilst spending time in the outdoors.
The natural beauty of the gardens, tied with its informal atmosphere make it great day out for all ages. What’s more, the fun and quirky sculptures add to its appeal as one of the most original family-friendly attractions in Surrey.