Hat Factory Arts Centre

A space for everyone. We work with local talent and leading artists from across the UK to tell fresh and exciting stories all year round. Newly refurbished in 2019, the Hat Factory Arts Centre is back and presenting its most exciting programme yet, full to the brim with live music, contemporary dance, theatre, film, workshops and more! 

With a diverse programme of events throughout the year, we pride ourselves in presenting work that is fresh, relevant and surprising. We are committed to supporting local creatives and promoters as well as bringing national voices to Luton. We believe in nurturing local talent and giving young artists a platform to tell their own story.

Our key performance space for theatre and dance is the Studio Theatre. Next up is The Factory Floor which is a 230 capacity gig space suitable for a range of music. We also have our Basement Bar, perfect for comedy, smaller gigs and club nights, and our flexible HATCH workshop spaces that can be used for messy work, presentations, or hatching a new creative idea. 


Key Information


Our available spaces include:

  • 105-seat studio theatre and art gallery
  • Flat floor music venue
  • Meeting rooms, offices
  • 13 creative workspaces
  • The Hat Factory Café
  • The Beacon Lounge.

If you are interested in renting any of creative workspaces, please contact: venues@culturetrust.com

Our rents are competitive and start from £15 per square foot for start-up spaces. As a charity, all income generated from the workspaces is re-invested into arts and cultural programmes, skills and talent development, events, public engagement, networks and promotions.

Getting here

Situated in the heart of the cultural quarter, the Hat Factory is a stone’s throw from Luton’s mainline train station, offering access to London in 22 minutes as well as the North and the Midlands. There are also nearby e-car charging stations, bike racks, a bus station and we are within easy access to the M1 and A6.

By Car: If you’re traveling by car you can park nearby. Please note, there is usually a parking fee for these car parks:

  • Train Station Car Park: Midland Road, Luton LU2 0HR
  • The Mall Central Car Park, John Street, Luton LU1 2JE
  • The Mall Market Car Park, Melson Street, Luton LU1 2JX
  • Power Court Car Park: Off St Mary’s Road, Luton LU1 3LJ
  • Guildford Street Car Park: Situated behind Luton Central Library, Postcode: LU1 2NW

By Bus: If you’re traveling by bus, the Hat Factory Arts Centre is a short walk from the Luton Station Interchange.


Take a piece of the Hat Factory home with you..

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