Activities and Events

A key aspect of Mayflower events is their ability to be inclusive, and allow participants the opportunity to learn about the people, their ship and the journey. Whilst some events will have a support pack of resources, others will enable our young people to become part of the event itself. Please note that the events listed are ones organisers plan will have an educational aspect to them.

The Story of the Mayflower told by Katy Cawkwell

A gripping, interactive, performance that follows the journey of Squanto, the native boy who was captured by the English, but who escaped back home to play a key role in the Pilgrims’ first year in America, and the journey of William (Bradford), the sickly boy from England who travelled first to Holland and then across the ocean, following a dream and trusting in God.  

Along the way, the children encounter many more of the main characters and events surrounding the journey of the Mayflower, ending with a short reflection on how these events are remembered today.  Katy makes use of dramatic gesture, questions, simple props and interactive movement to fully engage and involve the children in the story. 

The performance has been developed with input from academics and members of the Mayflower400 team to ensure historical accuracy and complements the educational resources available on the Mayflower400 website.  It makes a brilliant springboard for developing written work on this theme and would be excellent preparation for pupils entering the Plymouth Anthology of Young People's Writing Competition.

“Wow! Absolutely fabulous! What a fantastic storytelling session. Never before have a class of 32 Year Three pupils sat so enthralled, listening intently to every word spoken. What a great introduction to such an important historical event, linking together the history of our local area with the history of the United States of America. Can’t wait to welcome her back! This should be a must for every child in Plymouth!”  Sarah-Jane Tustain, Headteacher, Plympton St Maurice Primary School

Katy has been storytelling in schools for over 20 years and has extensive experience of working with children of all ages. See for more details.

Length: 1 hr+20-30 mins for questions and further discussion.

Target audience: KS2, but can be adapted for KS1 or KS3.  

Indicative cost: £125+£25 travel for performance for 60 children.

Contact: / 0776 246 9059 to discuss.

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