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There’s certainly no shortage of sporting action in Luton. Football fans can follow the fortunes of Luton Town FC at Kenilworth Road, and the town is also home to two rugby union clubs – Luton RFC and Stockwood Park RFC – a number of fledgling basketball teams and an athletics club.

For those looking to participate rather than spectate, Stockwood Park’s athletics track is open to everyone from the casual jogger to the hardened competitor, and its 18-hole golf course has been voted the best public course in the South East.

A number of health clubs offer top quality health and fitness facilities, as do seven leisure centres, four of which incorporate swimming pools. Over 130 outdoor pitches, greens and courts provide amenities for sports such as football, rugby, cricket, bowls, hockey, tennis, badminton and netball. And anyone keen to take to the skies can do just that, with gliding, hang-gliding and paragliding over the Dunstable Downs.

There’s as much here to exercise the mind as the body too. The nationally significant hat and lace collection at the Luton Museum and Gallery in Wardown Park is a proud product of Luton’s textile and hat making heritage. The same museum contains a collection of ancient artefacts including a collection of Roman coins that’s recently been declared a national treasure. Similarly, the Mossman collection of horse-drawn carriages in Stockwood Craft Museum and Gardens is one of the finest displays of its kind in the country.

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