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

Starts

23

May

Expires

31

May

Beastly Buccaneers at Pirate’s Quest

It won’t be the sea sickness making new recruits queasy at Pirate’s Quest this May Half Term. Discover some disgustingly fun facts about real life beastly buccaneers and putrid privateers at...

Pirate's Quest, St Michael's Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1RA

Starts

15

Feb

Expires

23

Feb

Pirates of the New World – Special Previews

Be the first to embark on the brand-new Pirate’s Quest adventure when it premieres during February Half Term. The fresh storyline for 2020 will take inspiration from the Mayflower voyage,...

Pirate's Quest, St Michael's Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1RA

Starts

05

Mar

Expires

06

Mar

Mayflower: A Musical Odyssey

Set sail for an epic evening of entertainment as more than 600 young musicians from across Southampton commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Ship: a pioneering journey which created...

Standard Ticket: £10.00 Under 16's: £5.00

Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1GE

Starts

24

Jul

Expires

31

Aug

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

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03

Mar

Expires

19

Apr

Spirit of Mayflower – Language of Sculpture

Nottinghamshire artist and sculptor Rachel Carter has worked with adult and school groups in the county's libraries to create a touring exhibition linked to her family history, the Mayflower story...

Worksop Library, Memorial Avenue, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2BP

Starts

11

Jan

Expires

14

Nov

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

Starts

21

Feb

Expires

21

Feb

Mayflower Macrame Keyring Workshop 21st Feb

Join sculptor and artist Rachel Carter in this practical workshop at venues across Nottinghamshire in February 2020. Have a go at a knotting technique that Rachel will be using for her...

Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1AE

Starts

22

Feb

Expires

22

Feb

Mayflower Macrame Keyring Workshop 22nd Feb

Join sculptor and artist Rachel Carter in this practical workshop at venues across Nottinghamshire in February 2020. Have a go at a knotting technique that Rachel will be using for her...

Mansfield Central Library, Four Seasons Centre, West Gate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1NH


Mayflower Events in the South East

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01

Jan

Expires

29

Feb

Celebrate The Mayflower at The Pier at Harwich

2020 is a special year for Harwich as it is the year in which the town remembers one of her most famous sons, Captain Christopher Jones, Master of the Mayflower, the ship that sailed to the...

The Pier at Harwich
The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH

Starts

30

Apr

Expires

04

May

Mayflower 400 – Harwich Ale Trail

The 2020 Ale Trail will be the fifth in our Springtime slot and happily coincides with the Mayflower 400 celebrations. We hope to make the 2020 Harwich Ale Trail a truly special event! If you...

Harwich Town Centre, Harwich, Essex, CO12