What's On in April: Wardown House, Easter Holidays and more!


Extraordinary Everyday - Wardown House reopens!

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be officially reopened by Luton's Mayor Cllr Tahir Khan on Saturday 8 April at 12pm.

Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian Period. Visitors can follow the Hide and Squeak trail around the museum; browse through the rooms, including the Billiards Room with an interactive billiards table, the Morning Room with beautiful sculpted ceilings, feature fireplaces and musical instruments, and the Dressing Room and Bedroom of a Victorian lady, which overlook the impressive gardens of Wardown Park below.
 
The redevelopment of the former Wardown Park Museum has cost £3.5m, with the Heritage Lottery Fund generously funding £1.8m thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, other trusts funding £1.6m and the remaining amount still needs to be raised by public donations and fundraising efforts. If you would like to get involved, or would like to donate towards this project, please visit www.lutonculture.com/support-us for more information.

The reopening event for Wardown House has been generously supported by Galliard Homes.
Tired of chocolate eggs and the Easter Bunny? Struggling for holiday ideas? We've got you covered with a packed programme of events to keep the little ones entertained.
Healthy Easter
Tue 4 - Sat 8 Apr, 11am - 3pm, Luton Libraries
Get on the smoothie bike and use your pedal power to blend a healthy drink! Also, find out how your local library can support your health.
Age guidance: All Ages
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Tweedy's Lost Property
Fri 7 Apr, 11am & 2.30pm, Luton Library Theatre
Tweedy gets a job in a Lost Property Office but no matter what he does, he always seems to get into a mess, but to the delight of audiences of all ages he can always find a creative way to get out of it! Tweedy will never get too big for his pants, his pants will always be too big for him.
Age guidance: 5+
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Circus Workshop
Sun 9 Apr, 11am, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
An introduction to circus skills and techniques. 
Special Offer! This workshop is free for bookers of Around or Tweedy's Lost Property. Call or visit the Box Office to book your complimentary space. 
Age guidance: 7+
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WOW! Said the Owl
Mon 10 Apr 11.30am & 3pm, Tue 11 Apr 1pm & 3.30pm, Stockwood Discovery Centre
Tim Hopgood's acclaimed children's book is brought to the stage through a blend of beautiful story-telling puppetry and music.
Age guidance: 2 - 5 years
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Around by Race Horse Company
Tue 11 Apr, 2pm & 5pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
A show in which the unimaginable is made possible; two acrobats conjure a charming circus ring out of an empty stage with the help of a band of musicians.
Age guidance: 5+
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Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure For Kids
Thu 13 Apr, 1pm & 3pm, Luton Library Theatre
Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. Join a sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises, and cool music.
Age guidance: 1+
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Danny Fishbone's Dainty Dinners
Sat 15 Apr, 11am, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Join puppet extraordinaire Danny Fishbone as he serves up some spectacular dishes! Join the post-show workshop and concoct your own culinary masterpiece.
Age guidance: 3+
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Tales From The Shed
Sat 22 Apr, 10am & 11.30am, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Tales From The Shed are informal, lively, and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space to make the story happen.
Age guidance: 0 - 6
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Theatre...

Made In India
Fri 31 Mar - Sat 1 Apr 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
What's the story behind the 'womb for rent' headlines? A thrilling play about three women's experiences with surrogacy and motherhood in the 21st Century. 
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Spillikin
Tue 4 Apr 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
A love story with a real robot. This quirky heartfelt story will make you laugh, cry, and ponder big questions of love, death, and technology. Plus meet the robot after the show!
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The Butterfly Catcher
Sat 22 Apr 4.30pm & 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
A high school love story that captures young people's feelings and thoughts on the pressures placed on them in education. 
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In Doing Nothing I Found Me
Sat 29 Apr 4.30pm & 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Join Peter on an adventure into the unknown. A story of discovery, a journey through everything, to find something or nothing. 
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Comedy...

Mitch Benn: Don't Fear the Reaper
Sat 8 Apr 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
It's been a morbid time for 'the country's leading musical satirist' he's turned 46 - over the hill by anyone's standards. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… 
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The Comedy Bar
Fri 21 Apr 8pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Join resident MC, Jake Pickford, for an evening of stand up comedy from the nation's up and coming talent.
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Music...

I Can't Believe It's Not Buddy
Sat 15 Apr 7.30pm, Luton Library Theatre
Travel back to the age of the soda shop, the drive through diner and the record shop, this is a non-stop rock 'n' roll concert straight from the fifties! Buddy Holly & The Crickets are brought back to life as they looked and sounded on their first tour of the UK in 1958 by the outstanding Spencer J & the Copy-Cat Crickets.
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Najma Akhtar presents Five Rivers
Fri 21 Apr 7.30pm, Luton Library Theatre
Najma Akhtar's album Five Rivers presents artistic musical and cultural diversity at its best. Based on subtle combinations of Delta blues, jazz, folk, Celtic music, North African blues and classic covers with an Indian Vocal twist.
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Vice Squad
Fri 28 Apr 8pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Vice Squad are a UK punk rock band that delivers short sharp songs with incisive lyrics spat out over a thunderous rhythm and machine gun Rock 'n' Roll guitars.
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Dance...

Culture Storm: One Nation, Many People
Sun 2 Apr 12pm & 2.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre 
A dynamic multi-media, contemporary urban dance performance by young dancers that pays homage to Luton's industrial past and diverse communities and flavours.
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Workshops and Auditions...

MonologueSlam Youth Auditions
Fri 7 Apr 4.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Aged 11-18? Love acting? This is your chance to audition to perform live in the Library Theatre in front of your family, friends and theatre professionals! 
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Devising Theatre Workshop
Sat 8 Apr 1pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
A workshop for performers who are considering or already devising their own work. Tim Bell of Havoc Theatre will examine the crucial elements needed to make work, from liberating the rehearsal room to creating and staging your own stories.
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MonologueSlam Adult Auditions
Sat 8 Apr 12pm, Luton Library Theatre 
Whether you're new to the acting game or have lots of experience under your belt, we'd love to see you showcase your skills! 
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Films...

April Screenings...
Galaxy Quest (PG)
Thu 13 Apr 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
The alumni cast of a space opera series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and the late Alan Rickman.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral (15)
Fri 14 Apr 7.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. Starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and James Fleet.
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Double Feature: Fight Club / Pulp Fiction (18)
Sun 30 Apr 6.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Fight Club: An insomniac office worker joins an underground fight club.
Pulp Fiction: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife and a pair of diner bandits intertwine.
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Exhibitions and Art...

John Myers: The World Is Not Beautiful
Fri 24 Feb - Sat 29 Apr, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
John Myers' remarkable and little-known landscape and portrait photography from the 1970s. 
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Beyond Borders: The Art of Integration
Sun 2 Apr - Mon 19 June, Stockwood Discovery Centre
An inspiring photographic exhibition by renowned photographer Peter Sanders, comprising striking images highlighting the positive ways in which Muslims of different cultures and backgrounds have contributed to the rich cultural diversity of the United Kingdom.
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Illustrated Talk on John Myers
Sat 22 Apr 2pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre
Matthew Shaul, curator of The World is Not Beautiful, will conduct an illustrated lecture on the wider contexts around John Myers' work.
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Regular Events...

The Hat Factory Pub Quiz
Thu 27 Apr 7pm, Connors Café Bar at The Hat Factory
Get a drink settle in and fight it out for the glory, money and title of The Hat Factory Pub Quiz winner. Presented by Middle Child Theatre.
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Regular Library Activities 
Various times, Luton Libraries
You are never too young to join the library and start listening to stories or learning to read! Luton Libraries offers a great range of activities for children and parents or carers.
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B.I.G Hat Factory Choir
Every Wednesday, Connors Café Bar at The Hat Factory
Set your voice free and join the B.I.G Hat Factory Choir. Everyone, regardless of ability or experience, is welcome.
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Why not make an evening of your trip to The Hat Factory?

Join us at Connors Café Bar until 11pm every Friday night for 2-4-1 cocktails and Unplugged, our weekly music and spoken word sessions streamed live on KBit TV. 
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Galliard Homes are delighted to sponsor the re-opening of Wardown House, Museum and Gallery.

This Luton landmark has recently undergone a magnificent transformation and offers a glimpse into life in a wealthy Victorian family home.
To mark this occasion, Galliard Homes would like to invite you to a special event at Wardown House, Museum and Gallery on Thursday 27th April.  Where you will be able to enjoy a showcase of their prime development, Carlton House in Luton.
 
Come and talk to Galliards on the night about how they can help you personally. They have a range of prices and offers to suit all. 
Wine and canapés will be served.
Register your interest here
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