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  • 1. History of Luton

    For centuries Luton was a quiet market town, until the brick making industry arrived in the 16th century. Many of the wood houses were rebuilt in brick at this time. In the 18th century the hat making industry took over the town and this was the dominant industry until the 20th century. Hundreds of houses were destroyed during the Second World War and many new council estates w...Read moreere built to replace them. Read less

  • 2. Now in Luton

    Luton is a very multi-cultural town with more than 100 nationalities represented. There is a large Irish community, as well as people from all over Europe, Pakistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh, India, Africa, the West Indies, Vietnam and Bosnia. Investment in the town centre has transformed St George's Square and added paving, planting and street furniture, improved disabled access, a...Read morend added a multi-jet fountain. Other major redevelopments are being planned for the town centre. Read less

  • 3. Events in Luton

    The Luton International Carnival is the largest one-day carnival in Britain and attracts over 80,000 visitors every May. The Luton Mela is an award-winning festival highlighting the best in Asian performance and visual arts. This celebration takes place in July. The Take 3 4 Life event is a health and fitness gathering that takes place every July in the town's Wardown Park and ...Read moreincludes a popular It's A Knockout competition. St Patrick's Day and St George's Day celebrations are also big events on the town's annual calendar. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Luton

    The Stockwood Discovery Centre is a museum with many displays and activities on offer and an outdoor area for children. Whipsnade Zoo is just outside of Luton and is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. It is home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. The Wardown Park Museum tells the history of Luton and its people and is situate...Read mored in a landscaped park. The museum has hands-on exhibits, listening posts and touch screen computers. The Woodside Animal Farm, in Slip End Village, Luton, has many animals as well as climbing frames, bouncy castles, trampolines, tractor rides, a sandpit, paddling pool, mini-tractors, teacups, helter-skelter, 18-hole crazy golf course and an indoor play barn. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Luton

    Sundon Hills Country Park is just on the outskirts of Luton and is one of the highest points in Bedfordshire. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and comes within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site has a car park, picnic areas and some interesting walks. The Luton Hoo Walled Garden is a five-acre octagonal walled garden designed by Capability Bro...Read morewn in the 18th century. Read less

  • 6. Business in Luton

    The 85-acre Butterfield Business Park includes the Innovation Centre and Business Base and has more than 100 affordable small business units. The site also features state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. The Mall is the main shopping centre in the town centre and includes many high street names as well as independent stores.

  • 7. Transport in Luton

    Luton Airport is easily accessible by road, rail or bus and offers flights all over the world and the UK. Luton has three main rail stations: Luton, Leagrave and Luton Airport Parkway. There are good services into London and the rest of the UK. The M1 links Luton to the north and south and the M25 gives access to other motorways in the region.

  • 8. Entertainment in Luton

    The Hat Factory is an arts and entertainment venue with a programme of events including music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions. Luton Library Theatre provides classical music, tribute bands, professional theatre, comedy, amateur theatre, films, children's theatre and ballet. The theatre is also home to The Dr...Read moreagon Club: a club for children aged two to 12 years. The club provides children's theatre shows, art based workshops and activities. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Luton

    The Church of St Mary is the largest church in Bedfordshire and one of the biggest parish churches in England. The building is 850 years old.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Luton

    The traditional brick buildings at the Luton Hoo Estate have been used as a filming location many times. In recent years the estate has hosted period dramas for both TV and the big screen including: Empire of the Sun, Gosford Park, Nicholas Nickleby, Inspector Morse, Oliver, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bleak House, Little Dorrit and Desperate Romantics.

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