Celebrating 70 years of Stevenage new town

24 Oct 2016

On 11 November 1946, Stevenage was designated the UK’s first new town. It was to be one of eight new towns on the outskirts of London, aimed at easing the housing pressure on the capital following the devastation caused by the Second World War.

Today, almost 70 years on from the conception of the new town, Stevenage has grown to be a large, established town, home to more than 85,000 people.

There are a number of events taking place in the town this year to mark the Platinum Anniversary.

The celebrations finish with two of Stevenage’s most popular annual events: the firework display at Fairlands Valley Park and the Christmas Lights Switch on.

Date Event
Saturday 29 October Celebrate 2016!!! (Gordon Craig Theatre)
Saturday 5 November Fireworks display at Fairlands Valley
Sunday 6 November Brave New World? - The Birth of Stevenage New Town (Stevenage Arts Guild)
Saturday 12 November Stevenage First and Best (Stevenage Borough Council Chamber)
Saturday 19 November Stevenage Sports Festival (Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre)
Saturday 19 November Stevenage Arts Festival (Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre)
Thursday 24 November Christmas Lights Switch On (Stevenage town centre)

More information about events taking place for the 70 anniversary of Stevenage can be found at: www.stevenageoakat70.org
 
The development of Stevenage new town:

Development-New-Town-1946

1946:

Stevenage designated as the UK’s first new town.
Stevenage Development Corporation was established.

Residents-Move-In-1951

1951:

The first new town residents moved in.

Queen-1959

1959:

The town centre was officially opened by HM The Queen.

Lakes-1972-2

1972:

Fairlands Valley Park opened.

Leisure-Centre-1975

1975:

Stevenage Leisure Centre opened.