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Auguste Rodin, Cybele, large model 1905 & Rodin, The Fallen Caryatid with Stone, 1911-18, and Henry Moore, Three Piece Sculpture Vertebrae 1968-69


Compton Verney review for kids


 Compton Verney
Compton Verney
CV35 9HZ
01926 645500


Now until  31 August 2014 - MOORE RODIN AT COMPTON VERNEY

If you haven't been to Compton Verney before then this is the year to go. To celebrate its tenth anniversary of its art galleries it has a fabulous exhibition of Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore sculptures around its magnificent grounds - an amazing and inspiring collecting that both you and the kids will love.

The sculptures are dotted in the landscaped grounds – created by Capability Brown after 1768 - with elegant Wellingtonia trees and cedars of Lebanon and it really is a special exhibition. You can walk around the landscape and view these large and imposing sculptures from many angles, get up close and even touch these massive bronzes! Henry Moore was a big admirer of Rodin and so the exhibition links influences to Moore’s sculptures. There are interesting and insightful texts to go with each bronze that the kids really enjoyed reading.

We happened to visit on the one non- raining day this half term so were able to make the most of the grounds where as well as the sculptures there is an ice house, a willow tunnel and a spiders web designed by artist in residence

After an exploration around the grounds, you can head into the house. Here are the art galleries with permanent exhibitions, a restaurant and coffee shop, a gift shop and a great activity space. The best bit of the day for my kids was in the activity centre.

Soap sculptures! What a brilliant idea and the kids loved it and stayed focused carving on their soap - creating Moore inspired sculptures for ages! I did too!

We had a wander through the galleries too and sat down and watched a video on how to make bronze sculptures – fascinating stuff that intrigued me and also kept the kids quiet for a while.

Outside again and there is an adventure playground located to the side of the car park area in the woods and is fun for young kids with swings and climbing frames and has a zip wire and more complicated climbing for older kids. There are picnic tables for a sit down too.

All in all a great day out with the kids and a lovely day for grown-ups too. Lots to do and see in beautiful surroundings.


LGWTC Guidance:  A fabulous day out - lots of running around for the children and great activities


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