Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

We had an unexpected visit to York Art Gallery recently and it was an absolute pleasure to discover The BFG in Pictures exhibition from House of Illustration.

The exhibition is on tour from House of illustration at York Art Gallery until February 24th. It includes 40 original art works from Quentin Blake and rare unpublished illustrations of The BFG.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

Better still, for families, the fun activities alongside the exhibition are interactive and magical. I’m a big fan of art galleries and museums in general. We love exploring creative activities together.

I purchased a York MT card earlier in the year at York Castle Museum so luckily, I get my entry included to York Art Gallery with that. I do recommend the York MT card, for what’s included it works out very good value for money. Visits to York Art Gallery are included with the card for free, including special exhibitions like The BFG in Pictures.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery is in the centre of York at Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW. Admission is £7.50 adult with 10% gift aid donation, free for kids under 16.

We only just popped in to the exhibition, I didn’t expect the fun interactive activities for kids so it was a real pleasant surprise, actually. The highlights were definitely the dolls houses and BFG Cave.

The BFG Cave at The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

The BFG cave and Sophie’s Bedroom are the main family friendly parts of the exhibition. The BFG Cave is a dark room full of dreams to discover. It’s all about the imagination here and Ollie dressed up as BFG to tell stories and do dream catching with Eric. It was sooo lovely and whatever age you are hard to resist how magical it is.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

In the BFG Cave are shelves with dream jars, and oversized giant objects such as a giant toothbrush, plus a drawing table with light boxes to ‘draw your dream’ in the jar. Eric really liked the BFG cave and the chalk wall.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

Sophie’s bedroom has a miniature bed and chair, scrapbook table, stories and is so cute. Hard to resist feeling like you’re in the BFG. Eric didn’t want to sit and do scrapbooking on the desk, but he loved the bed, the chair and the stories.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

He spent most of his time exploring and pretending in the BFG cave. The dolls houses were a big hit, too.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

The exhibition is small but worth a visit. If you and your child love the BFG, children’s stories, imaginative play and magic, then you’ll like this. If you have a York MT card it’s free to visit as many times as you like, so there’s no excuse.

In another part of the art gallery Eric got busy feeling objects and building cathedrals with blocks. We had a brief visit to the cafe and enjoyed the water features outside. All round it was a lovely few hours.

Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery
Review: The BFG in Pictures at York Art Gallery

On this trip in York we stayed (again!) at YHA York, we really love YHA and are members. Highly recommend. It was just a short overnight trip but we enjoyed National Railway Museum as always. Our York MT card got us into Yorkshire Museum free and we love York Castle Gardens.

We go to York often, it’s easy, relatively cheap to get to on the train and a good option for a quick escape for the night. I recommend:

Thank you for reading! If you’ve been to the BFG exhibition let me know what you thought? 🙂

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