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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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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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01 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
The Luton International Carnival attracts over 80,000 visitors every year, making it one of the largest one-day carnivals in Britain. The celebrations take place in May in the town centre and Wardown Park and include a variety of colourful costumes and spectacular floa ...more
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
Music is put to a good cause during the annual Luton Aid festival. The live music festival takes place in August and raises money for the town’s Pasque Hospice. Luton Aid began in 1995 as a one-day event held in the University of Luton’s Student Union bar. The eve ...more
01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
The Take 3 4 Life annual event in Luton is a huge health and fitness gathering that promotes an important message in a fun way. The event, which takes place on a Saturday in July at the town’s Wardown Park, is organised by Luton Borough Council to advertise the messa ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Dunstable Classic Motor Rally continues to grow and improve year on year, with recent years hosting nearly 200 vehicles and almost 2000 visitors. The event showcases a wide range of vehicles from pre-war to the present day, including classic automobiles and motorcy ...more
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Luton was the first stop for new Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, during his mini pilgrimage after his consecration at St Paul’s Cathedral. On his visit he met Luton mayor councillor Syd Knight and the town’s faith...
Her amazing work on behalf of abused women has won Jenny Moody an MBE and a private visit from Princess Diana, but the fearless and passionate charity worker is now stepping down from Luton Women’s Aid; the charity which she...
A 20kg training vest may be nothing compared to the weight of responsibility carried by Keech Hospice Care staff every day; but it is a good way for Lee Moynes to raise awareness for the hospice and a charity challenge that he is...
The founder of Women’s Aid in Luton, Jenny Moody MBE, is helping children with special needs. The 77 year old is working harder than ever after recently stepping down from the charity that she started 40 years ago. Now, Jenny and her...
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