A Brief History of The Mayflower

The Mayflower ship set sail in 1620 from Plymouth in the UK to Plymouth Massachusetts.

Many of the pilgrims on board the ship were on a quest for religious freedom, away from the Church of England. Others sought a fresh start and a bright future for their families in the New World.

Upon arriving in Massachusetts, the pilgrims established the second English colony, in the area that would become known as the United States of America.


The Mayflower 400

Wednesday 16th September 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s historical voyage.

Leading up to the anniversary there will be events and projects to commemorate the journey taken by the passengers and crew. If you’re interested in reading more about the story of the Mayflower, you can do so here.

You can also visit the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, built as a memorial to the historic voyage, as part of our Plymouth Passage Trail.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mayflower, another interesting place to visit is the Harwich Mayflower Centre in Essex.

Whilst you are there it is worth visiting the Harwich Mayflower murals to admire the artwork. If you’re looking to explore the area, you’ll find lots of places to visit along our Coastal Encounters Trail.

Mayflower 400 Events

Below is a selection of events taking place across the UK as part of the Mayflower 400 anniversary.


Mayflower Events in the South West







Summer of Scoundrels and Scallywags

Man the decks and weigh anchor because the Pirate’s Quest crew are preparing for their Summer of Scoundrels and Scallywags. Join Captain Calico Jack’s crew and embark on a voyage of...

Pirate's Quest, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1RA

Mayflower Events in the Midlands







Mayflower 400 – Worcester’s Story

Mayflower; Worcester's Story is an exhibition that tells the story of Worcester's Mayflower Pilgrim, Edward Winslow. On display will be objects from Worcester Museum's archaeology and costume...

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 1DT

Mayflower Events in the South East