100 years of Welwyn Garden City

It’s a special year for Welwyn Garden City as it celebrates its centenary. There’s a year of celebrations planned to mark the major milestone.

A huge carnival kicked off the 100 years Welwyn Garden City celebrations in January, but there’s still over 100 planned events to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.

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Over 50 sports and leisure will be hosting events such as group cycling and triathlons, and competitions throughout the year. Local schools have taken part in a planting scheme which will see bulbs and fruit trees bloom during the year.

To ensure you don’t miss out on the activity, we’ve picked key events to pop into your diary:

City of Trees and Centenary Walk Launch

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The City of Trees project celebrates the 19,000 trees across the town and introduces four walks. View the town from a new perspective with the help of the Centenary Walk team. Take the 20.20km circular walk and embrace Ebenezer Howard’s vision of ‘a marriage of town and country’.

On Saturday 14 March, stop by The Howard Centre and learn more about Welwyn Garden City’s green spaces and try out one of the new walks. www.wgc100.org/centenary-walk

In Our Garden Art Exhibition

The 100 year celebrations sees wonderful works from local artists. From 3 April to 16 May at The New Maynard Gallery, artists from The Forge in Digswell, will be hosting an exhibition titled ‘Our Garden’, which responds to the ethos of the garden city movement and its environmental ethics. The Digswell Arts Trust has historical links to the garden city dating back to 1957. The exhibition is free to visit. www.digswellarts.org

Discover more spring art exhibitions 

Dragon Boat Races

July sees celebrations get a little livelier as companies and local clubs take to the water at Stanborough Lakes on 5 July, competing in the ancient water sport of dragon boat racing. There’s still time to sign up or you can simply watch from the banks and cheer on the teams.

Welwyn Carnival

On 11 July everyone is invited to the celebratory carnival in the town centre. Events will be held all day, with plenty of activities for children and a full procession. A fun, free summer’s day out. More information at www.wgc100.org/wgc-carnival

In addition to this, there’s concerts, heritage days, talks and plenty of sporting activities. Of course, an anniversary like this wouldn’t be complete without a Royal visit – a request has been made, so watch this space!

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