150th Anniversary of the Commons

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the date on which the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871 received Royal Assent, and brought the Commons as we know them today into being.

Although in early stages of planning, a programme of special events to mark this historic occasion is being organised. Celebrations will form part of all our main events, including the BioBlitz and Commons Open Day, but additional events will include:

• Saturday 27 March 2021 - Afternoon Tea at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, with a performance by the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust of a specially commissioned play on the history of the formation of the Commons. 

• Thursday 22 July 2021 - Evening Reception on the Terrace Pavilion of the Palace of Westminster
(to include a tour of the Houses of Parliament);

• Sunday 15 August 2021 - Commons Sesquicentenary Games Day - A celebration of the games and sporting activities that have been played on the Commons over the last 150 years. To include
Cricket, Rugby, Football, Running, Hockey, Riding, Cycling, Bowls and Tennis, all which have historic links with the Commons);

• Sunday 12 September 2021 - Annual Commons Open Day will have a special focus on the anniversary;

• November 2021 - Outdoor Performance on the Commons.

We look forward to welcoming you to our celebrations.