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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A DAY OUT // INVASION SCI-FI EXHIBITION @ STOCKWOOD DISCOVERY CENTRE

I wasn't actually going to blog about this - and this certainly isn't a review by any means - but I had so much fun at this sci-fi exhibition yesterday that I just had to pop up a little lifestyle post about it. Stockwood Discovery Centre, which is situated just outside of Luton currently has a small exhibition on called 'Invasion', which features props from famous sci-fi movies and the like. Although the exhibition only runs until this Sunday, the rest of Stockwood Discovery Centre has a lot to offer too. There are some beautiful gardens that are lovely in whatever weather, and all year round exhibitions too. It was a pretty gloomy and miserable day yesterday so, as I had the afternoon off work, I decided to go along and check it out so I could geek out a little! 

I'm not a MASSIVE fan of sci-fi movies but I had a lot more fun then I expected to and because my Dad is a big fan of them, I kind of grew up watching them. I was surprised to recognise so many of the props from the films actually. Entry to the exhibition only cost £3.95 and entry to the rest of the gardens and museum was free, so it was a really cheap day out.

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I mostly had fun acting like a child, running around and trying to complete the quiz and squealing with excitement when I recolonised a prop. I instantly recognised costumes from films such as Mars Attacks & Lost In Space (personal childhood favourites!) and more popular sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Star Trek etc. Some of the costumes and masks were super creepy though...

I also got a bit snap happy with, er, snapchat!

After a million laps of the exhibition to ensure we had all the answers to the quiz, we took a quick look around the rest of the museum then spent longer exploring outside. The gardens were really gorgeous and even though I'm not interested in gardening, I've always had a soft spot for pretty gardens. I love the idea of following down half hidden winding paths to discover secret gardens, and Stockwood had lots of these! I couldn't help but think how pretty it would all look lit up at Christmas.

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Even though I've lived in Luton all my life, I can't believe yesterday was the first time I'd ever visited Stockwood Discover Centre! Luton doesn't have much to offer in terms of culture, so it was a surprise to find something so fun and interesting right on my doorstep. I'll definitely be returning this winter if they have any Christmas events on.

Have you ever discovered anything fun right on your doorstep that you didn't know about previously? Or have you (or would you?) ever go to a sci-fi exhibition like this? Let me know!

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