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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation

In 2020 Welwyn Garden City will be 100!

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

Our official launch event will light up the town with Garden City Lights on 17 and 18 January 2020. 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.

This autumn 20 primary schools each planted 2020 bulbs and a share of 100 fruit trees in their school grounds, ready to bloom in spring of our centenary year.  

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 Welwyn Garden City. Four new trails will be launched in our 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 and we hope to be lucky with our request. 

We hope you enjoy exploring our site and finding out more about the celebrations for 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 - 13 May
Gosling Sports Park


Stanborough Road, WGC, AL8 6XE

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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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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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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.”