I can’t stand most sculpture. Don’t get me wrong, I like art. I get paintings, they look pretty and make your wall look less dull. Sculptures just take up space that could be filled with book shelves or a useful cabinet. I have no idea what drew me to this place and suspect it was a bored Google search for ‘things to do in Surrey’. The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park rocks and no one even knows about it.
It looks like it started out as someone’s collection that they sell, and they decided to open it up to us mortals to make a few quid. It’s as beautiful in winter as it is in summer, but probably not great in the rain. It’s all outside and you literally just wonder around this valley discovering random things. And it’s not just the odd statue, oh no, there is simply a crap-load of art. They use the valley, lake and streams to display the art so that water nymphs sit in the stream, giant metal leaves hang on trees. Everyone will find something they like, even your toddler. With random animals, shoes on sticks, fake geese, mirrors, watery walkways, Weasel was over the moon!
You will need a carrier or reigns – it isn’t exactly designed for kids. The hotel/restaurant next door serves as the parking lot and toilets, and although you feel slightly intrusive, the staff are very nice.
It’s £6 in, free for under-5’s, and is well worth it. It’s one of the most unique things I’ve been to and it’s just a joy.