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 is back and presenting its most exciting programme yet, full to the brim with live music, contemporary dance, theatre, film, workshops and more!

The Hat Factory offers something for everyone. A space to experience incredible art, enjoy Luton’s thriving arts scene and allow your own creativity to flourish. We believe in nurturing local talent and giving young artists a platform to tell their own story.

With a diverse programme of events throughout the year, we pride ourselves in presenting work that is fresh, relevant and surprising.

So come on in and don’t be a stranger! The Hat Factory Café is open Monday-Saturday, serving up delicious food and a vibrant atmosphere to socialise with friends. Or if you’re looking for a quiet spot, head to our Beacon Lounge, perfect for thinkers and readers, maybe it’s time you finished off that play script…

Key Information


Here at the Hat Factory we have a 105-seat studio theatre, an art gallery, flat floor music venue, meeting rooms, offices, 13 creative workspaces, The Hat Factory Café and Beacon Lounge.

If you are interested in renting any of creative workspaces, please contact: richard.clinton@lutonculture.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. We benefit from a large car park right on our doorstep, with nearby e-car charging stations, bike racks, a bus station and access to the M1 and A6.

What's on at Hatch

The Hat Factory’s new creative learning space on the first floor.


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

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