CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN 2020

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In 2020 Welwyn Garden City is 100 years old!

We are all as saddened as you that so many of our planned celebrations have had to be postponed and are committed to delivering as many of these as we can in the future.

We are delighted that we have already managed to deliver many highly successful events to celebrate our wonderful town. 

Our official launch event – Garden City Lights –  lit up the town on 17 and 18 January 2020 and was enjoyed by over 20,000 people.

The 2020 bulbs which each of 20 primary schools planted last autumn are now in full bloom. 

Our first sports event was orienteering in February with five courses in Sherrardspark Woods. 

Over 200 talented residents of all ages from 11 music and performing arts groups entertained many people in the Howard Centre and our first Love to Sing workshop enjoyed by many first time singers. 

To appreciate the beauty of our green space, the 20.20km Centenary Walk through villages and countryside is now complete.  You can download our leaflet from our Centenary Walk pages. 

Four new trails have been launched in our City of Trees project to celebrate the c. 19,000 trees which can be found across the town. The four leaflets can be downloaded from our City Of Trees Page. 

In the 4th year of our schools photographic competition, we have already received nearly 400 entries with the theme of Celebrations. 

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. 

We all look forward to celebrating with you as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, check out our social media channels for some of our virtual celebrations in Welwyn Garden City’s 100th year. 

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

All events have been postponed until we are safely able to run them.

We look forward to celebrating with you when we are able.

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Disclaimer

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.”