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West Ham Park celebrates 150 Years

  • July 10, 2024
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West Ham Park celebrates 150 Years

West Ham Park in east London is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a festival of music, sport, and family fun this July. The park, which is the largest green space in the London Borough of Newham, has been managed by the City of London Corporation since 1874, providing a vital space for recreation, learning, and reflection among beautiful gardens and stunning plant life.

A series of celebratory events and activities will be held over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, 2024, to mark this significant milestone in the park’s history. The first day will comprise a free, family-friendly festival with local musicians, arts and crafts, a children’s fun fair, and local food stalls.

The event will have a festival atmosphere and also feature up-and-coming artists: Australian-born singer-songwriter and social media sensation, Celina Sharma, rising Tik Tok star and singer-songwriter, Fiaa Hamilton, and a DJ set from Ellis.

The second day will carry a sports focus, based around the theme of ‘give it a go’ where visitors can try out various sports and health activities, including football (delivered by the West Ham United Foundation), cricket (delivered by Capital Kids Cricket), tennis (delivered by TennisComeTrue), athletics, Tai Chi, and long-boarding. And there will be free taster sessions and opportunities to meet local sporting legends.

Visitors can also see an outdoor exhibition about the park’s history, which will be on display in Guildhall Yard – outside the City Corporation’s headquarters – prior to the event, and later moved to Aldgate Square after the weekend celebrations.

The original Upton House estate, acquired in 1762 by Dr John Fothergill, laid the foundations for the rich natural heritage Londoners cherish today. After Fothergill’s death in 1780, the Gurney family purchased the estate. In 1874 they facilitated the transfer of the land to the City Corporation, creating what is now West Ham Park.

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