Stockwood Discovery Centre

Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton has launched a new group package for parties of 12 or more people that includes free entry and two catering options.

Groups can now enter Stockwood Discovery Centre for free, plus take advantage of free coach parking.

In addition, there are new catering options for groups. These include a discounted afternoon tea or a tailor-made finger buffet lunch, and should be prearranged.

The coach driver will also get a free meal or afternoon tea.

What’s at Stockwood Discovery Centre?

Stockwood Discovery Centre describes itself as a ‘paradise for garden enthusiasts’, and is said to be one the few places in the country where the work of artist Ian Hamilton Finlay can be seen on permanent display.

Finlay’s work can be seen in what’s known as the improvement garden, where six sculptures are located. The inspiration for the design of the garden is said to be taken from Greek mythology, Roman architecture, the landscape gardens of the 1800s and the history of the Stockwood site itself.

There are number of other garden areas that each have a specific focus, ranging from ornamental gardens to wildlife and sensory gardens.

Inside, there are a number of galleries and exhibitions that explore the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House.

Highlights on display include the Shillington Gold Coin Hoard, a Medieval Wenlok Jug in the Life’s Journey Gallery, and collection of originally horse-drawn Mossman carriages.

Groups exploring the galleries can also discover changes to the environment in the Landscape and People Gallery; ‘meet’ some of the early inhabitants of the area in the Discover Archaeology Gallery; and experience the streets of Luton in the 1400s in the Medieval Gallery.

Group booking information

Prebooking is essential. Group travel organisers who’d like to book a visit can e-mail or phone 01582-547445.

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