Harlow is 70

That was the year, that was!

What a fantastic year of celebrations - there was something for everybody, the popular Harlow Carnival made a return and the events that took place brought the people of Harlow together.

Take a look at some of the year's highlights in the below video:


Help us celebrate Harlow’s 70th birthday

Harlow is 70 logo

Harlow was officially designated a new town on 25 March 1947 and this year there will be a series of events to mark the town's 70th birthday. This year is also Harlow Town Park’s 60th anniversary, so events in the town park will celebrate both of these occasions.

In its 70-year history Harlow has seen some important firsts:

  • In 1951, The Lawn, was the first residential housing block of its kind in the UK
  • In 1966 fibre optic communications, which paved the way for modern technology like broadband internet, were invented here
  • In 2010 Harlow became the first Sculpture Town in the world

More information on Harlow history

Get involved in the celebrations

We will be supporting local organisations and co-ordinating events or projects for Harlow is 70. If you would like to contribute, run a project or host an event and if you would like to use the Harlow is 70 logo (please do not use the website version) please contact Becci Court, Project Development Co-ordinator, by email: becci.court@harlow.gov.uk or call: 01279 446455.

The Harlow is 70 logo was a joint collaboration between Harlow College graphic design student Bradley Newson, graphic design tutor Mustafa Sidiki and local design agencies Blue Pig and Hot Mash Creative. The logo will be displayed on various buildings around the town and appear on promotional materials.

Heritage project: Why people moved to Harlow

'Why I came here' project is a partnership between Harlow Museum and YourHarlow.Com backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is recording the many stories of the events and experiences that brought people to live in Harlow, through video, audio or written word. If you would like to be part of the project, then please email: Jon O’Connor: info@science-alive.co.uk or Michael Casey: newsdesk@yourharlow.com.

Artwork mural on St Pauls chuch building

Large-scale artwork, on walls in Harlow

Polish street artist YOLA (Jola Kudela) creates beautiful murals, claiming public space to celebrate the diversity of communities around the world. Her work recreates old masters, with locally based people taking the place of those in the paintings. The Harlow Playhouse back wall and St Paul's Church are now covered in large murals.


Livewire youth theatre held a theatre challenge for two weeks in the summer with a show at the end of each week. This theatre challenge focused on celebrating Harlow and the town turning 70! Livewire is for year groups 7 to 13. More information on Livewire


Children’s Logo Competition

Children were asked to simply spot five logos and list where they saw them. They could also write about (or draw) one of the places where they spotted a logo. More information on the competition

Winners of the Football CompetitionFootball Competition

SK Sports Academy held a charity football competition for Harlow schools and local club football teams on 20 May 2017. The event was open to U7, U8 & U9 teams. More information on the football competition

Schools’ Competition

Harlow Council in partnership with The Harvey Centre and Harlow Art Trust invited local schools to participate in providing a piece of creative work to be included in an exhibition in the Gibberd Gallery. More information on the competition

The Harvey Centre’s Time Capsule

To celebrate Harlow turning 70 and The Harvey Centre turning 35, The Harvey Centre collected people’s memories from around Harlow More information on the time capsule

Harlow Playhouse Brochure Competition

As part of Harlow is 70 celebrations Harlow Playhouse held a competition to design the summer brochure cover. More on Harlow Playhouse

Peace Wood bench and HCVPeace Wood bench installed

A new seat has been made and installed by Harlow Conservation Volunteers in May 2017, using wood from Parndon Wood Nature Reserve. The bench was created to mark the town's 70th birthday and the Town Park’s 60th anniversary. The bench has been placed in a clearing in the Peace Wood in the Town Park where people can rest and enjoy the wildlife of the wood.

Harlow - The Great British Spring Clean

As part of the national campaign Great British Spring Clean' Harlow Council and volunteers took part in litters picks to clean up parts of Harlow as the town celebrates its 70th birthday.

Harlow is 70 Colouring book

Drawings illustrated by Simon Barnes from locations around the Town, Harlow Arts Trust and Harlow Council have produced a colouring book,to celebrate Harlow is 70, for community use. Simply print off and colour in.

The Harlow is 70 Carnival - 23 July 2017