Home to the university of Bedfordshire and the infamous ‘Hatter’s’ football team, the town of Luton boasts a youthful population and is renowned for celebrating its diversity with festivals throughout the year.
Historically famous for its hat making association, the town’s continuous modernisation has recently encouraged a £4bn investment for regeneration, in a bid to maintain the thriving Luton landscape. The town’s increasing population of inhabitants, 45% of which are under 30, will enjoy this prosperous future as the ‘Lutonian flavour’ intensifies. Perhaps the appeal for a younger age bracket is owing to the variety of events and amenities poised for the ultimate student scene.
The most famous event celebrated is, undoubtedly, the ‘Luton Carnival’. The largest one-day carnival in Europe, the event welcomes over 100,000 people each year as a means of celebrating the cultural heritage of the town’s diverse inhabitants (collectively speaking over 140 languages within 43km² of the southern setting). The town bursts to life with a procession showcasing vibrant costumes and routines, and proves a quality day of entertainment for Lutonians of all ages.
If it’s alumni you’re looking for, Luton is the cherry on the cake. GBB0 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain hails from Luton, baking her way onto the big screen with delicious tricks and treats. Other celebs with a Lutonian upbringing include Monty Panesar, international cricketer, and musician Paul Young.
If starting up at university doesn’t quite fulfill the adventure bucketlist, then perhaps Luton’s accessibility will sway you toward the town. With a train ticket to London costing an average of £5, you could fill up procrastination time with trips to the capital, to extend your shopping, clubbing and evening antics past the Luton borders. So grab your Luton Town Football Club scarf and practice your chanting now, Luton is a place bursting with home pride and diversity, and it’s your time to get involved.