The outside of Harrow School on a sunny day. Copyright: Harrow School

Harrow School celebrates 450th anniversary with community day event

This year Harrow School celebrates its 450th anniversary and on Saturday 30th April residents are invited to celebrate with a fun-filled community event on the Hill.

The community event will run from 12-6pm with a variety of entertainment on offer, including dance shows, live music, art exhibitions and sport events.

Other activities throughout the day include a magic show, cricket festival, basketball competition and a classic Punch and Judy show. 

There will also be a food market and selling a wide array of locally-produced goods. There is something for everyone whether you fancy grilled burgers and loaded fries or scones, fresh from the oven.

Harrow School Headmaster, Alastair Land said: “We are delighted to be able to share our celebratory event with the local community and friends of the school.

“With a variety of activities taking place on the Hill, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

“As we celebrate 450 years of Harrow School, we’re proud to be a part of the Harrow community and hope that all will come to help us mark this special occasion.”

Tours of Harrow School’s historic venues will take place on the hour, allowing residents and friends from around the Hill to visit the iconic buildings at Harrow School. 

Harrow Hill Trust will also hold a guided tour of the Hill allowing residents to discover the events, people and buildings which have shaped the Hill, from Tudor times through to the 21st century.

To make the event extra special, the streets will be decorated with handmade bunting thanks to Harrow on the Hill’s Women’s Institute and flags from the boys of Harrow School.

On Saturday road closures will be in place all day;

Public parking will be available in the Queen’s Car Park, HA1 1YH and there will be a shuttle bus to Davidson Lane.

You can find out more information about the day here.

Harrow School celebrates 450 years since Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to John Lyon to build a School on Harrow Hill. 

Alongside these celebrations, the governors of the school have set an ambitious development programme that aims to celebrate 450 years of Harrow and provide an abiding legacy for decades to come.

This programme will see considerable investment in the school’s bursaries and buildings as well as the preservation of key historic buildings and innovation in learning and scholarship.

More information on Harrow 450 and the investment programme can be found here.

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