A brand new science exhibition with already an amazing record: over 100,000 tickets sold in Rome. Fully interactive, innovative, fun, educational and entertaining, it suits adults, students, children aged 7+ and their families!
Produced by World Touring Exhibitions in collaboration with a team of scientists, physicists, geologists and astronomers, Interactive Science combines both knowledge and fun challenges with interactive machines to experience and play with science.
Special workshop offer for schools: If you’re thinking of visiting the Interactive Science Exhibition as an end of year school trip, why not book a place onto our supplementary Moon Buggy Making workshop. Working in teams, pupils will get the chance to build their very own life-sized Moon Buggy, using Quadro; a large scale construction kit strong enough for children to sit in! As part of our workshop, we can provide use of our lunch room – a private space away from public spaces with toilet and cloakroom facilities.
Suitable for ages 7+
Last recommended entry is at 4pm
St. Albans City F.C. entertain Concord Rangers F.C. in a Motorama National League South fixture.
Celebrate Luton Street Fest is a two-day festival with drummers, a parade, comedy, music, street circus, interactive street games, dance, a projection, flashmob, rap, workshop and much more.
There will be roaming entertainment and an outdoor arts programme that will include a pop up flashmob from the B.I.G Music Company, bringing Luton choirs together to learn and perform Bohemian Rhapsody!
The closing event on Saturday will be a dynamic spark and pyro display from Worldbeaters Music, a world class illuminated music and street theatre/ drumming act.
Other highlights are a children’s street theatre, interactive street games and a high skill contemporary dance performance that will involve the audience in a game of table tennis! There really is something for everyone.
FREE to all!
Friday 30th August 5.30 – 8.30pm
Saturday 31st August 11am – 9pm
Join us in Lydekker Park for a day of live music! The Tennessee Boogie Boys will be entertaining the audience at this FREE event with their repertoire of 1950s-style rockabilly, country, and rock ‘n roll hits. Soulful solo singer Lexy will also be taking the stage at intervals throughout the day. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Fabulous Fizz truck and a food truck will be on site as well; bring your deck chairs and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of music in the park!
Luton Culture presents
A chance for the museum’s youngest visitors to enter the house before we open to public and step into a world of fantasy and imagination.
Join our friendly museum staff for a special, cosy storytelling and sensory play session in the museum’s library. Pop along every first Tuesday of the month for a different story inspired by the collections at Wardown House.
Age guidance: 0 – 4 years
Every first Thursday of the month, Wardown House, Museum and Gallery invites you to an evening talk related to our collections.
In September, Milliner Alva Wilson will be coming to talk about his inspiration behind his latest collection and recent display Hats by Alva Wilson – a collection of contemporary hat sculptures made from recyclable materials and inspired by Luton heritage.
Alva will be discussing the Luton hat trade using narratives from previous Lutonians who worked in the hat industry, in comparison to his own involvement in the hat industry. In particular, he will be focusing on the collaboration with Vauxhall Motors, and how making hats out of car parts has allowed him a new perspective.
UTTER! Spoken Word supported and co-produced by Luton Culture present
Our regular spoken-word event hosted by Lee Nelson.
An eclectic and ever-changing line-up of Spoken Word (and sometimes musical) talent from Luton, London and further afield.
Our September line-up features:
Don Diego and the Good Fairy
and Paul Rafferty
The event also features the Clod Magazine Bookstall.
Age guidance: 16+
Every second Sunday of the month, Music in the Museum: Jazz presents the very best of jazz in a music performance taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum’s unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.
Jen Kearney and her band are set for their debut performance at Wardown House. Kearney’s music and lyrics have met critical acclaim both nationally and internationally – she’s one to watch. The Band Line-up is:
Johnny Heyes – Guitar
Davide Giovannini – Drums
Davide Mantovani – Bass
Jen Kearney – Keyboards, Vocals
Age Guidance: 12+
Special Offer: Purchase tickets for 3 or more Music in the Museum events in one transaction and save 30%.
Jen Kearney: Biography
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jen Kearney has spent some time seasoning her particular style of original music. Her latest album, “Age of Blame” is truly an amalgamation of musical styles including Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock, and Latin.
Kearney has recorded and released six studio albums, and has done session work on many other projects. She has toured both as a solo act and with a full band. She recently recorded and toured with the UK’s premier Latin Jazz group, Snowboy and the Latin Section and has also shared the stage with Los Lobos, Daryl Hall, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Derek Trucks Band and more.
“Jen Kearney is a gifted singer who can belt out a song with the best of them. She puts a refreshing new spin on funk music, showing flashes of funk’s horn-drenched heyday in the ’70s, but also modernizing it with thoughtfully conceived lyrics… Her album further includes top-notch balladry and a touch of Latin excitement. And the climactic song ‘Sanctuary in Sabotage’ is simply mesmerizing.” – Steve Morse (Billboard, Rolling Stone)
A new display of Theodor Kern’s abstract works, using watercolour and ink. These works have never previously been on display.
Austrian born artist Theodor Kern (1900-1969) started his early painting career in the early 1920s. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and was a diverse artist trying his hand at many different styles.
Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect
The paintings will be on display in the main corridor of Wardown House.
On 15 April 1989, during the opening minutes of the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, 96 men, women and children died in what remains the most serious tragedy in UK sporting history the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.
Published by SmokeStack Books to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, Truth Street by Luton writer David Cain combines the eye-witness testimonies of the survivors at the second inquest to create an epic-poem that is part oral history and part documentary theatre.
Join David and a very special panel to hear excerpts from Truth Street, learn about the works development, and gain an insight into his very own Luton Library inspirations.
Truth Street has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize: Best First Collection and this is the final chance to hear David talk about the work before the award ceremony in October.
Join us at one of our Luton libraries for the party of the year with a marvellous fun-filled weekend of free crafts and activities for children to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday!
Come dressed as your favourite Dahl character and have your picture taken using our selfie frame. We’ll be running events throughout Luton libraries over the weekend, from the 14th to the 15th of September.
FREE event – drop by at any time from 10am until 4pm*
*Please make sure to check your local library for more information and opening times, as these can vary depending on the venue.