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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation

In 2020 Welwyn Garden City will be 100!

The Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation is a community led organisation set up to deliver a year of celebrations for our wonderful town.

January 2020 will start the Centenary celebrations in style with a festival of lights. A huge carnival, complete with 15 floats, will take place on 11 July. Over 50 of the town’s sports and leisure clubs are planning events and competitions to run throughout the year, alongside the town’s music and performing arts groups with a Festival.

Primary schools will be involved in planting bulbs and trees to commemorate the Centenary. The first ever community-led garden is planned to appear on the Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with elements of the show garden relocated as a permanent feature.

A sculpture of Sir Ebenezer Howard is also being planned in celebration of his vision for Welwyn Garden City – ‘a true marriage of town and country’. To appreciate the beauty of our green space, a 20.20km Centenary Walk will circle the villages around the town. The City of Trees will celebrate the c. 19,000 trees which can be found across the town.

Finally, no 100 year celebration would be complete without a Royal Visit!

We hope you enjoy exploring our site and finding out more about our Centenary year.

Welwyn Garden City 100 Year Celebrations


Beautiful Woodlands in Welwyn Garden City


Louis de Soissons' plan of Welwyn Garden City


Here is the latest list of dates for our signature events.
We look forward to celebrating with you!

15 Apr - 14 May
Gosling Sports Park


Stanborough Road, WGC, AL8 6XE

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We take great care to ensure the accuracy of every event listed at time of going to print, but advise that you confirm dates and other information in our listings just in case there have been changes.


Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation - Schools Involvment

School children plant for the next 100 years in Welwyn Garden City

Pupils at Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Crookhams planted 2020 bulbs in their school …

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Centenary Walk

Saturday 9th November was a busy day for installing more way markers!

Deb and Clare, with walking friend Barry, set off on a lovely bright autumn morning …

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Centenary Walk

Second session of installing way markers – 2nd November, 2019

With the Stanborough Lakes section of the walk in our sights, David and I set …

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Centenary Walk

Centenary Walk Waymarkers being installed.

The Walk team have started the process of installing waymarkers for the circular walk.  We …

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Centenary Walk

Centenary Guided Walk – Sunday 20th October, 2019

We organised, what was probably the last of our guided walks for this beautiful Autumn …

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Centenary Walk

Centenary Walk – Guided Circuit on Sunday 20th October

Join the WGC100 Centenary Walk team on Sunday 20 October 2019 at 10am and experience …

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2019 Centenary Photographic Competition – Winners

On the 4th July 2019, the winners of the 2019 Centenary Photographic Competition were announced and prizes awarded to the winning photographers by The Mayor, Cllr Mr Roger Trigg.

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WGC 100 Sport for All - Celebrating a Century of Sport

Sport Newsletter No 4 – Summer 2019

The Planning Continues – So far this year we have been concentrating on meeting as many Clubs as possible, and several for the second or third time, as we continue to encourage and refine the various ideas and plans that come forward.

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Centenary Walk


A Summer Guided Centenary Walk was led by  Deb, Clare, David and Diana on Sunday …

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation 1920-2020

Herts Volunteer Centres Conference

Herts Volunteer Centres Annual Volunteering Conference on 4th June provided an excellent forum to promote …

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The Foundation can accept no responsibility for the organisation or regulation of any satellite events arranged to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City. This includes but is not limited to public liability insurance, health and safety issues (including risk assessments, Performance Licenses and safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults), transport, hiring of facilities, and any costs associated. The use of the Foundation name and logo does not infer any specific oversight or involvement of the Foundation unless stated.”