In 2020 Welwyn Garden City will be 100 years old!

We have planned over 100 celebrations to commemorate our centenary year and look forward to celebrating with you.

Our official launch event – Garden City Lights –  lit up the town on 17 and 18 January 2020, the first of over 100 celebratory events taking place through 2020.

Carnival is coming to town on 11 July with activities for all the family in the town centre and a procession with 15 floats and 500 walkers from across the community.

Over 50 of the town’s sports and leisure clubs  are holding events and competitions throughout the year – a true demonstration of Ebenezer Howard’s vision of a town for healthy living. 

A wonderful programme of music and performing arts will showcase the town’s considerable talent.

Last autumn 20 primary schools each planted 2020 bulbs and a share of 100 fruit trees in their school grounds, which will bloom this spring in our centenary year.  

School children will demonstrate their talent in 2020 in the 4th year of our schools photographic competition – this year’s theme is of course celebrations! 

A life sized bronze sculpture of Sir Ebenezer Howard is currently being cast – a 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 Welwyn Garden City. Four new trails will be launched in our City of Trees project to 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 and we hope to be lucky with our request. 

Find out more about all the events and plan your year by exploring our site and calendar. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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


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!

February 2020
March 2020
Welwyn Garden City 100 Satellite Event
Mar 28 2020
8:30 pm - 11:10 pm

Open Mic NightsSatellite Event

Royal Naval Association (RNA)
Sport for All - Hockey
Mar 29 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

HockeySatellite EventSport for All

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
April 2020
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We have taken great care to ensure the accuracy of every event listed here, but suggest you check details of events nearer the time just in case there have been changes.


Centenary Walk

More signposts and a bridge added to the walk

On Saturday 22nd Feb a small team of us headed off to clear vegetation that …

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Centenary Walk

More waymarker posts being installed

Last Tuesday, a group of volunteers were out and about in Stanborough, the Commons and …

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Centenary Walk

Walk sign installation continues

A crisp and clear Sunday morning saw two of us out and about on the …

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Festival of Music and Performing Arts with the Welwyn Garden City Centenary

Sing a Song – Celebrating 100 year of Welwyn Garden City in 2020

Sing a Song – Celebrating 100 year of Welwyn Garden City in 2020 is a resource …

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation - Launch and Finale Events

Festival of Light Programme

The Launch event of the Centenary year gets underway Friday / Saturday, 17th/18th January in …

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation - Schools Involvment

Schools Photography Competition 2020 launched

The Centenary Schools Photography Competition 2020 is now underway.

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WGC 100 Sport for All - Celebrating a Century of Sport

Sport Newsletter No 5 – Winter 2019

In summary – we have 47 Clubs taking part across 26 sports. In addition, the Primary and Secondary Schools are fully involved with a range of events planned, and the town’s central sports and leisure facilities, Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Park and so on will be hosting events.

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A arden city with a welcome

Welcome to Welwyn Garden City – Newsletter

The Welcome to WGC team have been celebrating the installation of the new road signs.  …

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Centenary Walk

New signage

We continue to make progress with signage for the Centenary Walk, having now installed waymarkers …

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Centenary Walk

Accessible path at The Commons

Works are underway this week (week beginning 25th November 2019) to improve the path through …

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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.”