2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage...
One of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US and the Netherlands.
The anniversary provides a special opportunity to inspire people across our nations with the stories of that iconic voyage, exploring themes of migration, tolerance, freedom and democracy that have such a contemporary relevance.
Commemoration events are being organised in eleven key locations across England, the events and cultural program will tell the stories of the ship, the Pilgrims and their journey.
400 years after the extraordinary event, a remarkable 20 million+ US citizens have descended from passengers of the Mayflower. We invite you to visit England and take the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Mayflower pilgrims and explore the incredible history.
There are variety of local and international tour operators offering you the chance to follow the Mayflower trail through villages, towns and cities via driver guides, group tours, specialist tours and cruise excursions.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Scrooby Manor House
Leiden American Pilgrim Museum
St. Helena's Church, Austerfield
The Great Hall, Gainsborough Old Hall
Low Lighthouse, Harwich. Essex.
Ross Castle, Cleethorpes
Smeatons Tower, Plymouth Hoe
Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Mayflower Memorial, Southampton
St. Peters Church, Droitwich
09 Nov 18
16 Nov-30 Nov 20
27-29 Aug 20
08 Aug-05 Sep 20
28 Jul-01 Aug 20
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Austerfield, near Doncaster and the market town of Bawtry. Home of William Bradford who was baptised in St. Helena's Church and later became Plymouth Colony's first elected Govenor.
In the Bassetlaw area of north Nottinghamshire, the beliefs of the leading Separatists who voyaged to American in 1620 were shaped. Explore the Pilgrim Roots.
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Close to Scrooby and Retford. Some of the Separatists are thought to have worshipped in secret at the Old Hall with permission of its owner, merchant William Hickman.
The Scrooby congregation - including Williams Brewster and Bradford - made their first attempt to escape to Holland from Boston in Lincolnshire. They were held and tried in Boston Guildhall.
It was from Immingham Creek on the edge of the river Humber that the Separatists made a dangerous, but successful escape from England to Holland in their search for religious freedom.
Prominent Mayflower passenger, Edward Winslow came from Worcestershire - he was schooled in Worcester and came from Droitwich Spa. Following the voyage, he later returned to England.
The Separatists escaped from England to Holland and settled in Leiden - a city of free-thinkers and religious tolerance. It was their resting place for almost 12 years before departing on the Speedwell in preparation for their final voyage to the New World.
The Mayflower is believed to have been built in Harwich sometime before 1600, and was commanded and part-owned by her Master, Captain Christopher Jones, whose house still stands near the waterfront.
The London borough of Southwark, which includes the former docklands of Rotherhithe, has many links with the voyage of the Pilgrims. It was the home port of the Mayflower, and the area was one with its own strong tradition of religious descent.
The Mayflower arrived in Southampton in July 1620 and several days later was joined by the Speedwell, carrying the Pilgrims from Leiden. On 15 August the two ships weighted anchor and set sail.
When the Speedwell began to take on water, both ships and their crew changed course and arrived in Dartmouth on 23 August. They rested here whilst repairs were made in Bayards cove before heading out into the English Channel.
300 miles clear of England, the Speedwell continued to leak and both ships turned about for Plymouth. Eventually, just the Mayflower set sail with up to 30 crew and 102 passengers on board. The final departure city before embarking on life in the New World.
After a storm tossed 66 days at sea, the Mayflower anchored on the tip of Cape Cod, at what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts. The settlers formulated the 'Mayflower Compact'.