To sum up, and here is the truth of GA
Without an instrument qualification you go daytime flying on nice days, visit attractive places (and Lydd), maybe fly some aeros, meet up with flying friends, spend a lot of time in portakabins peering hopefully at the sky.
With a night rating you either base yourself somewhere that has lighting and no exorbitant out-of-hours charge, or each autumn you move the aircraft to revalidate at a lighted airfield and maybe manage one flight or two that are actually transport by taking off from your home base at dusk and stopping overnight elsewhere.
With an instrument qualification you either base yourself at somewhere that has all the requisite equipment for instrument approaches, or you simply use it for blasting through a low cloud layer into the lovely sunshine above if you are headed for an instrument equipped field or there's a forecast that your destination will be VFR and you feel lucky.
It's still the most fun thing you can possibly do.