Stockwood Discovery Centre
Stockwood Discovery Centre is one of the best COMPLETELY FREE days out you can have with the children. It doesn’t cost anything to visit or to park your car. With it’s lovely play equipment, beautiful gardens and lots of galleries with historical artefacts, there really is something for all ages.
My little boy enjoyed the toddler park area with its house, slide and ride-ons. There’s also a larger climbing frame for older children. I liked wandering around the gardens – there’s lots of different ones and they’re all themed. The Mossman collection is vast and reminded me of Milton Keynes Museum. George Mossman of Caddington, collected, drove, restored and constructed horse-drawn vehicles for over fifty years. His collection is one of the highlights. Many were used in television productions and films including Ben Hur and Carry on Dick. Located in the original stables of Stockwood House, the galleries explore the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate. There’s loads of things to look at and learn about – much of it would interest older children, but my toddler liked pretending to drive a tractor and look at a skeleton. There is a café, but as usual we took a picnic, making it an extremely cheap day out (we did make a donation on our way out).
Luton really should shout about this place more – it’s rated as the number one place in the town on tripadvisor and I think it’s well worth a visit. Thanks to Milton Keynes Kids follower Diane who suggested we should visit. If you’ve been somewhere you think would be suitable for a toddler please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIME FROM MK – 30 mins approx.
ADDRESS – Stockwood Discovery Centre, Stockwood Park, London Road, LU1 4LX
TEL – 01582 548 600
We visited in March 2016, for the latest exhibitions, events and opening times, please check their website.
Stockwood Discovery Centre
A selection of pictures taken at Stockwood Discovery Centre in March 2016.
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