Illuminate Retford 2019

A dazzling street parade and vibrant performances commemorating 400 years since the Mayflower's voyage, the Pilgrims' story and its connection to Retford in Nottinghamshire.

Featuring a parade through the town with willow lanterns made by artists, community groups and young people from in and around Retford, the ‘400’ photograph, and digital projections onto Retford’s central parish Church, St Swithun’s, known locally as the “Cathedral of Retford”.  More information can be found at

Illuminate Retford

There will be a weekend Arts event at the heart of the Separatists’ story, Babworth Parish Church, on 23rd and 24th November and a Thanksgiving Dinner in Retford on 28th November.

Illuminate is the official opening event for the Mayflower 400 commemoration year, the start of a 12-month programme of events across the world. Illuminate events will be taking place across the Mayflower destinations in November 2019 and in November 2020.

Illuminate Retford is part of the Pilgrim Roots ‘Pilgrim Festival’, a two-week festival in the home towns and villages of many of the Mayflower Pilgrims including Gainsborough, Bawtry, Boston, Retford, Worksop and Immingham.

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