The workshop will be hosted in the Chequers style mansion house, Putteridge Bury
The mansion house was originally built back in the 16th century and it keeps the same shape since restoration made in the 19th century. It was acquired by Luton Technical College in the mid-1970s and inherited by the University of Bedfordshire later in the 1990s. Since then, it has been used as a venue for a number of social events for the University and local community including graduation ceremony.
The Putteridge Bury complex is located at the edge of Luton around 3 miles (5 km) away from the town centre. It is easily reachable by taxi (for about £10 from the town centre) or by bus service that runs regularly from the main University campus and town centre.
Please note that some Sat Navs will take you through a closed private road if you use our postcode (LU2 8LE), please use postcode: LU2 8DL instead. This will take you by the Butterfield roundabout on the A505 from here follow the road signs "University of Bedfordshire - Putteridge Bury campus".
Exit at junction 10 and follow signs for Hitchin (A505). Entrance is signposted soon after the Butterfield roundabout.
Exit at junction 8 and follow signs for A602 to Hitchin. Then follow signs for Luton (A505). Entrance is signposted just before the Butterfield roundabout.
Described as the most inclusive place in the UK, Luton is a vibrant multi-cultural town with a warm heart that has welcomed generations of new people who have made their home here. Luton’s robust economy has adapted from a reliance on the car industry and manufacturing to a strong, balanced economy. Complementing operations at Vauxhall (“sibling” of Opel) are research and development firms such as Selex Galileo, Anritsu and AstraZeneca, as well as a strong service sector including household names such as Ernst Young and TUI. The resurgence of Luton as an economic centre has resulted in significant wealth creation. The local airport, London Luton Airport, is the fifth largest British airport and it is home of EasyJet since 1995, which has grown to the eight largest airlines in the world.
The town centre has been transformed into a pedestrianized open space that is frequently used for open air events. This joins with George Street, the main shopping thoroughfare through the centre of Luton which runs up to Market Hill, both of which have also been pedestrianized to greatly enhance the shopping experience. The Bury Park area is famed for its shops that specifically cater to diverse ethnic communities. It contains a wide variety of shops, a number of smaller retailers and an indoor market. Whilst the Wellington Street area is good for Asian and Oriental restaurants such as the Nakorn, Papa J's or Jitlada Thai Restaurants, Marrakesh and the Man Ho restaurant in Dunstable Road which is well known for being one of the best Cantonese restaurants in the area. The town benefits from 5 green-flag winning parks, and the magnificent formal splendour of Luton Hoo’s house and gardens, recently converted from 18th Century home to the Wernher family into a magnificent and very exclusive hotel and spa centre.
Nestled in the Chilterns, Luton is surrounded by hills and some of the most striking scenery in South England. This is complemented in the town itself, with the two main parkland areas: Wardown Park, which is Victorian and quaint, and Stockwood Park, a vast open area offering a range of sporting opportunities from rugby to horse riding. Famous attractions such as the Silverstone Circuit (home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix) and the Harry Potter studio are close to hand. A must-see attraction for electronic engineers and computer scientists is Bletchley Park located in Milton Keynes north of Luton. London’s world-famous museums are all reachable in 30 minutes train ride and free to get in. Choose from the Natural History Museum for the world of plants and animals, the Science Museum for the history of the physical sciences, and the Victoria and Albert Museum for insight into the history of art and design. Home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild, Whipsnade Zoo’s impressive 600 acre (2.4 km2) site can be found on the Chiltern Hills, near Luton. As the UK’s biggest zoo, it offers an unrivalled animal experience.