Beale Park has an interesting collection of sculptures featured in the grounds.
Gilbert Beale, the Park’s founder, loved all things that were different, and brought many unusual and curious pieces together. The most notable of these is a charging horse called The Valkyrie, which dominates the pathway leading to the Pavilion. Another outstanding exhibit is the Italian Fountain: commissioned by Whitaker Wright in the late 1890s and made of marble, it creates movement in the Park with a steady trickle of water.
Popular pieces include the monkey band: a group of stone primates, each with its own instrument and poised ready to play, while the crocodile, lions and bronze pigs are a hit with our younger visitors and budding photographers.
Other sculptures to look out for include the frogs of Beale Park. Designed and made by Park staff shortly after opening in 1956, they are still in their original position, overlooking the stream by the Pavilion - while cranes watch over the Reed Beds, stags stand proud, and a monk keeps a close eye on passers-by.