This weekend we went to Luton to see Dave’s Uncle Ian for his 70th birthday. Ian has been living in Luton since just before he turned 20, after growing up in Northumberland where Dave’s family still live. Although he often comes to stay with us, we have never taken Georgie down to see him. We booked well in advance so got a fantastic deal on the Premier Inn in the town centre (also the no 1 rated hotel on trip advisor for the town) of £39 a night. It does seem to be well worth planning in advance for trips if you are using Premier Inn as you can get brilliant rates. This particular premier inn also includes free car parking at the NCP car park right next to it. You just have to validate your ticket before you leave.
We left home at 8.30am to do the 170 mile journey. Fortunately a lot of it was motorway so it was about a three hour journey all in. On the way Georgie built a camp out of all the blankets and pillows she insisted on bringing. It wasn’t the best camp in the world because it collapsed on top of her! Half way she fell asleep with her head phones on listening to a movie. We stopped off at the Watford Gap services, which was lively due to all the Sheffield and Hull football fans going to Wembley.
Luckily we got our room early at 12.30 and then when Uncle Ian arrived we walked into Luton centre and had a light lunch at the White House a Wetherspoons in the centre. Then we spent the afternoon having a wander around the shops. In Luton, most of the shops centre around ‘the Mall’. Georgie and I were pleased because there was a Tiger shop. I have never seen one up our way. We had fun trying on all the sunglasses, and I loved all the flamingo items. I was so tempted to buy some Flamingo merchandise but didn’t want to have to carry a lot so was good.
At 5pm we went to Pizza Express for tea, we had a 40% off food and drink voucher so treated ourselves to a bottle of wine. We got a sharing platter for the starter that had all kinds of cured meats, roasted tomatoes, dough sticks, mozzarella, aubergines and olives.
We had booked bowling for 7pm to 9pm, so after Pizza Express we walked back to the bowling alley. I haven’t been bowling for years, and Georgie has never been. It was actually great fun, and I would definitely want to go again local to home. Uncle Ian proper had the bowling moves on the go 🙂
There was also an amusement arcade there so played some of the games and Georgie got some tickets that she swopped for bubbles. We ended up playing with the bubbles all the way back to the hotel!
Finally, it was off to bed, very tired…….
Hayley and Georgie x