Calling all Luton parents and guardians! As the sun shines brightly and school bells take a break, it’s time for some summer adventures with the kids. But fun doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve rounded up a treasure trove of exciting and wallet-friendly activities right here in our beloved town of Luton.

  1. Stockwood Garden Party

Get ready to embark on a day of imagination, creativity, and pure outdoor fun at the Stockwood Garden Party. There’s something for the whole family – whether you’re looking to make, dig, discover, or simply unwind amidst the tranquil trees.

This family-friendly event will have a mix of puppetry, nature art, suitcase theatre & garden games to name a few, and takes place on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August 2023.

Create, discover and explore the woodland area and watch the real fairy storytelling and making magic wishes and take part in a finale “Celebration” party at the end of the day.

Price – free

  1. Super Saturdays at Hat Gardens

Mark your calendars for two super Saturdays of summer fun at Hat Gardens! On August 19th, dive into a day of Wildlife Fun with Bedfordshire’s Wildlife Trust. From 12 to 4pm, learn about frogs with educational and sensory play, followed by an arts and crafts workshop. And don’t miss the storytelling session at 3.30pm.

Then, on September 2nd, the Children’s Carnival Flamingo Fiesta takes flight! From 12 to 4pm, join the Flamingo Mask Making Workshop with UKCCA and let your creativity soar in the home of the iconic Luton flamingos.

Price – free

  1. Luton Libraries: Ready, Set, Read

Why not dive into the summer reading challenge at your local library? The challenge encourages children to keep reading during the school summer holidays. Simply read 6 books of choice including eBooks and audiobooks, collect special stickers and rewards for reading. You can also join the challenge online at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. It’s a fantastic way to keep those young minds engaged throughout the summer.

Ready, Set, Play! You can also join Luton libraries each week from Monday 24th July for story times, arts & crafts, sports, games and more.

Price – free

  1. Swim for £1

For those taking part in the summer reading challenge at Luton libraries above, Active Luton pools have a special treat for you – swim for just £1 when you show your library card at reception. Dive in and enjoy a refreshing swim that won’t make a dent in your wallet. Terms and Conditions apply, so make sure to catch this offer while it lasts.

Price: £1 – terms apply.

        5. Drawing at Wardown House Museum

Unleash your creativity at Wardown House Museum with an exhilarating free drawing activity! Dive into a world of imagination during this drop-in session. Hurry though, as spots are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why not transform your visit into a full-blown adventure? Pack a delightful picnic and venture into the enchanting Wardown Park.

But that’s not all—prepare for a dose of excitement at Luton’s very own wildlife-themed crazy golf course! With 18 captivating holes, each adorned with whimsical features and challenging obstacles, it’s an experience that transcends age and skill levels.

Price – Free (Wardown House Museum Park) Golf is £5 per person (or free for under 3 years)

Don’t miss out on the fun—tag us in your favourite summer moments in Luton by using #StepForwardLuton. We love hearing about your top picks for places to explore, exciting spaces to discover, and amazing events you’ve attended in Luton. We can’t wait to hear all about the awesome experiences you have this summer!

About the Author
Laura Redmond

Laura is a passionate supporter of the Step Forward Luton campaign and a Place Activation and Marketing Coordinator for Luton Council. Armed with a journalism degree and unwavering love for her university town, she often pens positive blogs that spotlights the best of Luton. From charity work to market management, Laura's professional journey has explored every corner of Luton. And when she's not busy being a marketing maven, she's out on a culinary adventure, unearthing the town's hidden foodie gems.