Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the flight of the Comet

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the flight of the Comet we are working with Hertfordshire University, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Herts Sports Partnership, Potential Kids, The Galleria, Hertfordshire Libraries, Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce, Hatfield of Yesteryear, Duxford Aviation Society, Mosquito Aircraft Museum, Gacoyne Cecil Estates, David Lloyd Hatfield, Beales Hotel, The Shuttleworth Collection, Hendon RAF Museum, Aviation Skills Partnership and many more to plan a week celebrating our heritage.

The World Hatfield Festival will start on 20th July and for the whole week to 27th July, there will be talks, exhibitions, sporting events and much more! 

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The finale will be on Saturday 27th July, we will start with a special ParkRun at Ellenbrook Fields at 9am (bring a breakfast picnic if you like) which ends with a spectacular display by The Grosvenor House Comet Racer regarded as one of the most significant British aircraft still flying. At 1pm entertainment will begin at Birchwood Playing Fields with the stage, funfair, sports and stalls. The finale will be a short firework display from the Leisure Centre rooftop to end the evening at 9.30pm.

20th – 27th July 2019: 

20th July 2019 Music Festival Birchwood Playing Fields 

20th July 2019 – 27th July Potential Kids, BAE Systems and other Partners’ Exhibition at the Galleria 

21st July 2019 Take a bike ride along the Alban Way to respect employees who travelled from St Albans on the branch line to work at de Havilland 

22nd July 2019 Mill Green Museum Open Day & Cream Teas 

23rd July 2019 David Lloyd de Havilland’s Old Fire Station Open Event and showing of Hatfield of Yesteryear film “The Comet 70th Anniversary” 

24th July 2019, 7.30pm Hatfield Library – Talk by Alistair Hodgson, Curator de Havilland Aircraft Museum (ticket only event) 

25th July 2019 – Weston Auditorium Herts University, the Premiere of “100 Years On” a film of Hatfield’s Armistice and Remembrance Day 2018 (ticket only event) 

26th July 2019 (afternoon) Hatfield Library Your Hatfield – memories of the Comet and de Havilland 

26th July 2019 Gala Dinner at Beales Hotel 

27th July 2019 World Hatfield Festival Birchwood Playing Fields 

Herts Sports Partnership will be running Sports events throughout the week