In the heart of the creative quarter, The Hat Factory offers a turntable of events throughout the week for all to enjoy. A hub to have a coffee with friends, an ideal meeting spot, a great venue for live music and a regular hosting of workshops. Every Thursday an array of events is found in The Hat Factory at their Thursday Lates. Whether you’re eager to get arty at one of their workshops, interested in seeing a new exhibition, or maybe you want to have a drink with friends whilst enjoying some tunes from a new DJ, so much is happening in The Hat Factory.
Throughout the day The Hat Factory is a great spot to meet with friends or for a work chat over a coffee. Enjoy a fresh sandwich and meet with local creatives who can be found working away upstairs in their offices.
The Hat Factory was part of one of Luton’s many hat factory buildings (hence the name). Luton is proud in remembering its hat heritage as the town dominated the hat making world at one point. The building was modernised in 2019 to move forward into its aim to look forward at the creatives in the town. Whilst also keen to preserve the hat heritage, looks at upcoming leading artists in the heart of Luton to create an open space for all to enjoy.
Across the road you’ll find Hat Works, a new creative space for creatives of all kinds to work away. With membership starting from as little as £5 a day it’s a great hub for people to come together in one of Luton’s oldest hat factory buildings. Retaining some iconic features, the old has merged with the modern as they bring together the best fresh Luton talent as a working hub for all.
The Culture Trust celebrates its 14th birthday this year, and we welcome a host of exciting upcoming events to kick off their entry into their 14th year. At the start we went along to Luton’s first Vegan food festival, a two-day event celebrating plant-based delights with local foodies coming along to enjoy the fest. Hosted inside and outside The Hat Factory, the event saw a flurry of people from both Luton and beyond enjoy the two-day festivities. The Vegan festival was part of a series of events as part of the Welcome Back Fund, with it followed by The Chinese New Year, which saw a dragon go through town! And also followed by the Wellness Weekend at the end of March.
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