High Town is fortunate enough to boast three sizeable parks within the area. First, People’s Park (Bell’s Close) lies between Kingston Road and Havelock Road and has a children’s play area in the bottom corner. This vast green space is a favourite for football and the wooded area at the top gives some great views over Luton.
Pope’s Meadow adjoins People’s Park at the top by the beautiful woodland which is home to a number of local plant species and wildlife. The birdsong in the early morning is particularly impressive. This large, sloping green space is perfect for dog-walkers, morning strollers, exercise enthusiasts and, in the summer, even sun-bathers! It also plays host to an annual fireworks display in November and if we’ve had enough snow, provides the perfect spot to go sledging.
At the bottom of Pope’s Meadow on the other side of Old Bedford Road is Wardown Park, a green space surrounding Wardown Lake, a favourite of many a water-based bird.
Wardown Park is a beautiful place to walk and also offers:
• A children’s play area
• A kiosk to buy refreshments
• Free tennis courts
• A basketball court
• Gym equipment
• A weekly 5km ParkRun
• A museum, gallery and cafe
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a military hospital and is now a museum and gallery. The museum underwent a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment during 2016, reopening in April 2017.
Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period. Explore the different rooms with hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience. The museum tells the story of Luton’s transformation into the exciting and diverse town it is today. The museum also houses a range of displays throughout the building, including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery also hold events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.
Find out more through our website: lutonculture.com