Layover in Luton
Posted on June 05, 2012 by sguese
Luton’s main claim to fame it is London Luton Airport. Most travelers never see the light of Luton beyond the airport walls. However the large town in Bedfordshire, England has plenty to offer those on a long layover. With a history in hat and car production, grab your hat and jump in the car to explore this Eastern corner of the Chiltern Hills.
Attend the Luton Carnival: If you can schedule your layover out of Luton during the town’s carnival, you won’t be disappointed. The largest one-day carnival in Europe draws crowds of 150,000 on occasion. The procession begins at Wardown Park with music stages and stalls littering the town center.
Keep busy in Wardown Park: If you can’t make it for the Luton Carnival, you can still soak up all that Wardown Park has to offer. The park sets up on the River Lea in Luton. It boats formal gardens and even the Wardown Park Museum. The museum, also referred to as the Luton Museum, focuses on the traditional craft and industry of Luton and Bedfordshire. Lace making and hat production are the focus of the museum. The park is within easy walking distance of the city center.
Get crafty at the Stockwood Craft Museum: Travelers in search of Luton’s artistic side will appreciate the Stockwood Craft Museum. The museum displays a collection of rural crafts and trades from the area. Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe gathered most of the collection. The collection focuses on the regional identity of crafts, rather than just a general view of the area’s arts.
Start the engine for the Mossman Collection: Car lovers won’t be able to resist the Mossman Collection. Set up in Stockwood Park, the collection brags of being the largest and most significant vehicle collection of its kind in the country. Here you can see not just original vehicles from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries but also a collection of horse drawn vehicles.
Take in the drama of the Library Theater: Luton’s central Library is not just home to bookworms and shelves. The Library also contains a 238-seat theater on its third floor. Those looking to catch a show on their layover in Luton will find a program of local drama, children’s theater and touring theater companies filling up the theater’s calendar.
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