Another year of my boyfriend buying me flowers that look like they were chosen for my 85-year-old Nan.
Yay – Valentine’s Day returns! ♥️
For all those moany fucks that think it’s a money-making scheme, I mean it is but so what? Valentine’s Day can be whatever you want it to be. And I for one, will be using it as an excuse to get out and about and fill my face.
But this year I will not be joining the crowds in Zizzi or Miller & Carter – oh no! I have found something way more interesting. I mean, I’d love to tell you what I have planned, but if my boyfriend bothers to actually read this blog then the surprise will be ruined!
So, whilst I swear myself to secrecy, here’s my top five picks for things to do this Valentine’s weekend in and around Luton!
This partly undiscovered, weird and wonderful spot is the perfect reminder that Luton holds far more history than a fifty year-old shopping centre.
Nestled between farmland behind The Luton Airport, is the remains of a medieval manor house named ‘Someries Castle’. I mean I can’t say I’m hugely into history, but it holds quite an interesting story none the less.
The Castle was built in the 15th century by Sir John Wenlock, a soldier, an MP and the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, who later bought the residence.
What’s quite special about the building is that it was one of the first residential properties to be built by brick in England.
The building was actually never finished and some of it has been torn down, but you can still see remains of the chapel and other parts of the castle today.
Rumour has it, Sir John Wenlocks ghost is said haunt the remains. Thankfully I didn’t stick around long enough to find out! Might be worth an evening visit on Halloween, to scare the shit out of yourself for free.
I would highly encourage a visit, just to say you’ve ‘been there and done that’. Is that a big enough excuse? Probably not.
Or if you’re into cute things, you might like to know the windy roads leading up to the castle are filled with ducks and other birds trotting down the road in front of your car. I mean it’s pretty cute really…
Back when I was a student, I lived just 5 minutes from Stockwood Park and only ever visited the once.
Myself and the girls took a walk up to Farley Hill in search of a chip shop and happened to pass through the park on our quest. We’ll do anything for a decent chip and a bit of curry sauce. Nine years later and nothing’s really changed!
But other than passing through, I had never really explored the park and what it had to offer. That was until my sister decided to visit me one Sunday August afternoon.
My sister hadn’t visited Luton since bidding me farewell at my new student house back in 2009, back when she was a High School Musical obsessed 8-year-old. Though since turning 18, my Mum has entrusted that she can take the journey from Essex to Luton and make it in just about in one piece.
To mark the occasion, I decided that we’d take a trip over to Stockwood Discovery Centre and check out the gardens and their new cafe for a spot of lunch.
Luton may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about Instagrammable locations, but I might just change your mind. I actually struggled to choose just five, would you believe! I mean who knew that Luton was so photogenic?
Well the spots are certainly out there, it’s just knowing where to find them.
Here’s five of my fave spots you might just want to consider….