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25 July 2023

20 Best Things to Do in Luton

Luton has become a very desirable option for relocation.

Almost all the boxes are ticked if you are considering Luton as your next relocation destination.

Excellent accessibility, good schools, cultural diversity, affordability and a range of amenities combine to make it an attractive choice for individuals and families.

Aside from the practicalities of life that make Luton so appealing, when it is time to relax, chill out and do something for your pleasure, Luton has plenty of things to do for entertainment.

If you are new to the town or considering a move to Luton and want to plan some outings, here are the 20 best things to do in Luton to help you unwind and enjoy your leisure time to the max.

Parks & Green Spaces

Wardown Lake
Wardown Park Lake – Image by Wikipedia

There are several parks dotted around the town. Each one is a popular choice, providing tranquil settings and opportunities to connect with nature and an assortment of recreational facilities.

Wardown Park – is situated on the River Lea in Luton. The park has various sporting facilities, is home to the Wardown Park Museum and contains formal gardens. It is within a short walk of the town centre.

Stockwood Park – is a large urban park in the Farley Hill estate. With period formal gardens, leading crafts museums, Stockwood Discover Centre, Stockwood Park Rugby Club, and extensive golfing facilities, it is about 100 hectares in area.

Harrold-Odell Country Park – managed by Bedford Council.  A Green Flag Park, consisting of 144 acres of green space which includes a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse. From April to November cattle roam in the river meadow.

Cultural Activities

Luton hosts a range of cultural and arts events throughout the year.

Luton International Carnival is the largest one-day carnival in Europe. It usually takes place on the late May Bank Holiday. A very busy affair where crowds can reach 150,000. Colourful floats, music, a hat parade, food, and craft stalls and much more provide a very entertaining day out.

The Library Theatre is a 238-seat theatre located on the 3rd floor of the town’s Central Library. The theatre’s programme consists of local amateur dramatic societies, pantomime, children’s theatre (on Saturday mornings) and one-night shows of touring theatre companies.

John Bunyan Museum – Located in nearby Bedford, the museum depicts John Bunyan’s life and times, including his imprisonment in Bedford. Visitors can wander through the displays and experience life as it was in the 17th century.

Dunstable Priory or the Priory Church of St Peter with its monastery was founded in 1132 by Henry I for Augustinian Canons in Dunstable. The monastic buildings consisted of a dormitory for the monks, an infirmary, stables, workshops, a bakehouse, brewhouse and buttery. An interesting and peaceful place to spend time.

Historical Attractions

Wardown Museum
Wardown Park Museum – Image Credit: Wikipedia

Wardown Park Museum is housed in a large Victorian mansion within Wardown Park. The museum collection focuses on the traditional crafts of Bedfordshire, notably lace-making and hat-making. There are samples of Bedfordshire lace from as early as the 17th century.

Stockwood Discovery Centre. Also based within a park, the discovery centre displays collections of local social history, archaeology, geology, and rural crafts. It also houses the biggest collection of horse-drawn carriages in Europe, the Mossman Collection.

Someries Castle (sometimes spelt Summeries castle), is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, in the Parish of Hyde, close to Luton. It was built in the 15th century by Sir John Wenlock, whose ghost is reputed to haunt the castle. Although always referred to as a castle it was actually a fortified manor house.

Shopping in Luton

The Mall Luton
The Mall – Image Credit Wikipedia

Who doesn’t enjoy spending a day shopping?

Luton has a few notable shopping centres where you can find a wide range of retail stores, boutiques, and entertainment options. Here are some of the best shopping centres in Luton:

The Mall sitting right in the middle of the town is the largest of Luton’s shopping centres. It features a mix of popular high-street brands, fashion stores, department stores, and a variety of shops offering clothing, accessories, electronics, homeware, and more. When it is time to stop for a break, there is a multitude of eateries to choose from.

Luton Retail Park (or Gipsy Lane Retail Park) is the place for out-of-town shopping. Offering plenty of parking and a good assortment of stores such as B&M, Next, Iceland and other well-known retailers.

Luton Market sits within the Arndale Centre and is a focal point of the town. A hub for the community it sells a range of items from speciality Caribbean food and spices to fruit ad veg and household utensils. There is also a variety of health and beauty services available.

Sports facilities in Luton

For those who are keen to keep fit, there are numerous ways to indulge in Luton.

No matter how you like to keep yourself in tip-top condition you will find something to suit your abilities and interests.

Venue 360 offers a lot in terms of keeping fit. From weight training classes to yoga and from studio cycling to boxercise, it all happens here. There are classes throughout the week from 6.30 am to 7.00 pm.

You can also join one of the local tennis clubs held across the town. Not just a great way to stay fit but also offers the opportunity to make friends if you are new to the area.

If you prefer contact sports, or perhaps golf or cricket, there is a club for everything in Luton. To find the best clubs, simply follow this link for all the contact details of each here.

Swimming provides a fantastic workout for all ages, not to mention fun for the little ones. The Area surrounding Luton has lots of Swimming opportunities whether it is for fun or serious lane swimming.

Childrens Attractions

Whipsnade Zoo Cheetah
Whipsnade Zoo Cheetah – Image Credit Wikipedia

Keeping the children entertained takes little effort when you live in Luton.

Head to Leighton, a short 15-minute drive away. Here you will find Mean Open Farm. Packed with soft play areas, high rope courses, Zorb water bubbles, children’s rides, and plenty of little animals.

Gulliver’s Land in nearby Milton Keynes is another popular children’s attraction. Home to over 70 rides, a gift shop, indoor play areas, a dinosaur and farm park, and lots more. Ideal for all ages.

Whipsnade Zoo & Safari Park is only 9 miles from Luton. The biggest zoo in the UK covering an area of 600 acres, there are literally thousands of animals to see here.

Woodside Animal Farm. Small children will love the farm. They can meet and interact with a range of animals from fluffy bunnies to giant lizards. There is an on-site shop and The PlayBarn café offers a range of tasty snacks.

Considering a move to Luton?

You might already know that there is a myriad of things to do in Luton, but are you thinking about relocating there?

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