Summer at Luton Culture

This summer, we have a jam-packed schedule of activities to keep young minds active, inspired and entertained. 


Stockwood Discovery Centre

With free site entry, Stockwood Discovery Centre is the ideal spot for a family day out this summer. The museum features extensive local collections, award-winning carriage displays, beautiful gardens, a children's playground and the newly refurbished Garden Café, plus don't miss out on our special Stockwood events happening throughout the holidays. 

Little Stock

Every Thursday to Sunday from 26 July to 19 August

Stockwood Discovery Centre

Take a journey of discovery this summer at Stockwood Discovery Centre with 4 specially themed weeks of live shows, unique performances, arts and crafts workshops, activities and a whole lot of family fun.


Week 1: Discover Dinosaurs

Thu 26 - Sun 29 Jul, various times

A weekend of Dinosaur discovery, with a storytelling performance by Mike Dodsworth followed by dinosaur arts & crafts and an amazing dinosaur show from Los Kaos.

Age guidance: 3 - 8 years


Week 2: Discover Puppetry

Thu 2 - Sun 5 Aug, various times 

Be captivated by a spellbinding, interactive puppetry performance from a pair of wonderful wanderers, followed by a fireside tale from Granddad and some puppet-making fun.

Age guidance: 3 - 8 years


Week 3: Discover the Circus

Thu 9 - Sun 12 Aug, various times

Be wowed by a unique magic show from Professor Strange, before making your own juggling balls and learning how to use them in our jam-packed circus skills workshop.

Age guidance: 3 - 8 years


Week 4: Discover Nature

Thu 16 - Sun 19 Aug, various times

Set off on a bug-tastic adventure this weekend! Learn all about insects and how important they are to us, before getting creative in a craft workshop.

Age guidance: 3 - 8 years


Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Set in the charming grounds of Wardown Park, with free site entry, the museum boasts beautifully refurbished Victorian interiors, hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience and interactive trails to enchant the whole family. This summer there are performances and exhibitions to delight and inspire young and old.

Paul Hogarth – Sketches Laporte 

Wed 25 - Sun 2 Sep, every day 10am - 5pm

A display of sketches by Paul Hogarth (1917–2001), a highly regarded English artist and illustrator.

Age guidance: suitable for all ages


Theatre in the Museums: The Secret Diary 

Tue 24 Jul, 7 & 21 Aug, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.30pm 

Join our eccentric curator Max on a journey around Wardown House to learn about the museum's history and discover the mystery of the secret diary!

Age guidance: 6 +


Theatre in the Museums: The Lost Letter 

Wed 1, 15 & 29 Aug, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.30pm  

A mysterious letter arrives at the museum. Can you help curator, Max MacDonald solve the puzzle? 

Age guidance: 6 +


Summer Sundays: Punch and Judy Show 

Sun 12 Aug, 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm

That’s the way to do it! This Sunday don't miss our traditional Punch and Judy show. 

Age guidance: suitable for all ages.


Summer Sundays: Caricaturist 

Sun 26 Aug, 2 - 4pm, Wardown House

Strike a pose and have a quick caricature drawn of you! 

Age guidance: suitable for all ages.


Summer Sundays: Shambles Big Band 

Sun 2 Sep, 2 - 4pm, Wardown House

Sit back and relax to the toe tapping sounds of some well-known tunes played by Shambles Big Band.

Age guidance: suitable for all ages.


Library Events

Summer Reading Challenge: Mischief Makers

Saturday 14 July - Saturday 8 September 2018

Luton Libraries

This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, so come and join us in your local library for pranks galore and a ton of fun this summer!  


Animal Edutainment 

Mon 23 - Fri 27 Jul, various times, Leagrave LibraryStopsley LibraryMarsh Farm LibraryLewsey Library & Luton Central Library

From cute to gross, come and meet some of Beanotowns more unusual inhabitants.

Age guidance: 5+


Mischief Makers Comic Workshop 

Mon 6 Aug, 9.30am, Leagrave Library & 2pm, Luton Central Library

Learn how to create your own comic books, cartoons and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories.

Age guidance: 8+


Dennis and the Chamber of Mischief 

Thu 23 Aug, 10am, Leagrave Library, 11.30am, Luton Central Library & 2pm, Stopsley Library

An interactive story session from Dan McGarry, expect general chaos as Dan shares stories from The Beano.

Age guidance: 6+ 


Summer Reading Challenge Celebration 

Tue 28 Aug - Sun 2 Sep, All Luton Library branches, please check your local library for opening hours.

A free celebratory event for those taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Age guidance: Suitable for school aged children.