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Luton is a vibrant, exciting town nestled between the beautiful Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Offering the best of both worlds – Luton is a modern town with excellent business opportunities and accommodation with superb countryside on its doorstep, making it a great place to live and work.

Luton has many natural open spaces including seven landscaped parks and recreational areas. Luton is home to more than 215,000 people, many of whom are young and skilled. It has a catchment of 23m people within two hours travel time. The University of Bedfordshire, Barnfield College and the Luton Sixth Form College all offer high quality facilities for education and training.

Luton has the advantage of being within the ‘Golden Triangle’ Cambridge, Oxford and London, which is home to Europe’s top universities.

Bury Park is just a few minutes’ walk – from the town centre. This hidden gem offers an array of Eastern experiences ranging from specialist food, fashion, jewellery, and restaurants.

Luton is also known for its spectacular one day international carnival, which is usually held on the last Sunday in May.

It is the largest one day carnival in the UK. The carnival procession begins and ends in Wardown Park.

As well as the carnival parade itself there are food stalls, fairground rides and fun activities for all the family.

The town’s museums are well worth a visit the award-winning Luton museum and art gallery – Wardown House holds a fantastic collection of hats and lace that attracts visitors from across the country and Stockwood Discovery Centre houses the largest museum set of horse-drawn vehicles in the UK.

The Hat District in the town centre is being redeveloped for the creative arts with the refurbishment of three old hat factories currently being under taken.

Luton has a great number of restaurants and eateries, serving a wide range of dishes to suit your tastes whatever your palate. Dishes from China, India, France, Polish, Thailand, Greece and Italy are widely available in Luton at a range of prices.

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Food hygiene ratings

Half Marathon and 10k races usually take place on the last Sunday of October.

Both races commence at Stockwood Park Athletics track, with the routes going through some of Luton’s award winning parks, the Luton Hoo estate and some of the most scenic areas of the borough.  The race finishes in the town centre outside the town hall.

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Half Marathon

Luton Town Football Club, is sited at Kenilworth Road in Bury Park close to the town centre.  Its history includes several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988.  Currently the club is playing in Division one of the football league.

A long awaited new stadium was granted planning permission on the Power Court site in the centre of the town in January 2019.  The new stadium will have a 17,500 seat capacity, about 7,500 more than the current stadium together with new housing, retail space, bars and restaurants on site.

Luton Town Football Club

The Galaxy Centre is one of the UK’s only town centre based leisure and entertainment complexes, offering a wide range of entertainment facilities including a multiplex cinema, pub, restaurants, bowling alley and games station all under one roof.

Luton has a range of sporting facilities and clubs, including bowling clubs, cricket clubs, golf courses, riding schools and leisure centre amongst others.

Luton town centre has an exciting and lively pub and club scene. In Park Street you will find a strong influence from the student population of the town with a number of pubs offering competitively priced food and drink and lively entertainment.

Pool competitions, live music, pub games and special events can be found most nights of the week. In the town centre there are late opening pubs, a wide range of live music can be found at many pubs in the town centre

Visit Luton Events for local entertainment and venues.

The town centre has been awarded purple flag status.  The accreditation is awarded to towns and cities that provide a vibrant mix of dining, entertainment and culture as well as promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents.

Luton is one of over 70 towns and city centres in the UK and Ireland to receive the award confirming Luton’s town centre nightlife being entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable.

Visit the Mall shopping centre in the town centre with its large choice of popular high street names, unique independent stores and indoor market. The shopping doesn’t stop there with interesting independent stores in the surrounding streets and nearby in Bury Park

The Mall is a circa 1 million sq. ft. dominant community shopping centre in the heart of Luton with 122 retailers providing an extensive and contemporary shopping experience. With 20m visitors and £227m gross sales each year, The Mall was recently ranked twenty-forth top shopping centre in the UK (Trevor Wood Associates). Major stores include Boots, Debenhams, H&M, Primark, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, TK Maxx and Wilko.

After all that shopping revive yourself with a cappuccino, grab a snack or relax with family and friends over a meal. Getting there is easy with convenient parking, bus and train services within a couple of minutes from the centre.

St George’s Square is a large tree-lined open space in the town centre bordered by the Galaxy Centre, Luton central library, The Mall and independent shops.  The square includes granite paving, seating, a grass lawn and an attractive water feature. It is an excellent venue for open air concerts, festivals, events and promotional activities.

During the summer part of the square is transformed for the week with a beach area, donkey rides and a funfair.

With a theatre, arts and media centre, golf courses, walks and excellent sports facilities there is something on offer for everyone in Luton.

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