In 2020 Welwyn Garden City is 100 years old

We are delighted that we have already managed to deliver many highly successful events to celebrate our wonderful town in its centenary year

Our 20.20km Centenary Walk through villages and beautiful countryside is proving to be very popular, already enjoyed by many hundreds of people. You can download our leaflet from our Centenary Walk page.

Enjoy our four City of Trees trails which celebrate the c. 19,000 trees which can be found across the town. The trail leaflets can be downloaded from our City Of Trees Page.

A life sized bronze sculpture of Sir Ebenezer Howard has been  cast – a celebration of his vision for Welwyn Garden City – ‘a true marriage of town and country’.  The statue will be unveiled in the town centre later this year.

Our much anticipated Carnival is now being planned to take place on 19 June 2021 as a grand finale to the Centenary celebrations.

Explore our website to find out more about our signature projects and see photos of some of our events which have which have already taken place. 

We all look forward to celebrating with you as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter and check back here for updates. 

We would like to extend sincere thanks to all our sponsors, partners and volunteers, without whom our fantastic year of celebrations would not have been possible.

Welwyn Garden City 100 Year Celebrations

COMMUNITY

Beautiful Woodlands in Welwyn Garden City

NATURE

Louis de Soissons' plan of Welwyn Garden City

HERITAGE

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A photo of the WGC Centenary Fountain

Commemorating Our Centenary

The last year has been exceptionally challenging for us all, for our work, our family and our friends. Our much anticipated year of celebrations for Welwyn Garden City’s cententary could not take place as planned, which has been incredibly disappointing for everyone involved.

Our enthusiastic team of volunteers have worked since 2014 on our Signature Projects. Now we have reached the end of 2020 we have plenty to be proud of having achieved in celebration of what makes our town and community so special.

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Barn Theatre Sketch 1991

The Story of a Barn and a Theatre

This is the story of a barn and how it became a theatre in Welwyn Garden City. The theatre at the centre of the story is the Barn Theatre situated in Handside Lane and is today a renowned and respected place for amateur drama providing some 10 shows a year as well as other aspects of drama, giving the community quality alternatives to the big professional theatres in London and surrounding district.

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KS1 1st Place Photo Lockdown Rainbows

Schools’ Photographic Competition 2020

The WGC Centenary Schools Photographic Competition was the first event launched in 2017 to celebrate the centenary, organised by the WGC Photographic Club.

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100 years of Welwyn Garden City…and what the next 100 years hold in store

Discover Hertfordshire magazine, published by Archant, has published a lovely four page article in this quarter’s edition. Read the introduction here and view the digital version online. Words by Ellie Fells.

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Celebrating our City of Trees this autumn in our centenary year

One of the greatest pleasures of the town is the beauty and variety of the 19,000 trees in its streets and public places. Our City of Trees project is part of the centenary celebrations with four areas of the town chosen for their beauty and variety, some of which are seldom seen outside botanic gardens. What better time to explore and enjoy their beauty than autumn?

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A photo of The Queen Mother with the WGC Mayor, Dennis Lewis

Golden Jubilee – was it really half a century ago?

Memories of 1970 recalled in 2020 by Dr Dennis Lewis MBE

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A photo of the WGC Water Fountain - The English Garden Cities - A World Heritage Site?

The English Garden Cities – A World Heritage Site?

One of our signature projects is an international symposium now scheduled to take place on 22 and 23 April 2021.

Graeme Bell on the initiative to secure World Heritage Site status for the two English – and pioneering – Garden Cities

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Louis de Soissons Plan

Welwyn Garden City’s Famous Town Plan

Welwyn Garden City is arguably one of the most beautiful and certainly the best planned towns in England. The man responsible for the much of what we see in the City was Louis de Soissons, its Chief Architect and Town Planner for 42 years – from its inception in 1920 till his death in 1962.

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LAR Performing Arts Choir - Lean on Me

LAR Pop Choir 2020

This is a gorgeous video produced by LAR Performing Arts group from WGC.

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New signposts

Natural Welwyn Garden City – A successful day.

 On 14th March we officially launched both our Centenary Walk and City of Trees projects …

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