Southampton's Maritime Festival will deliver three days of memorable cultural, heritage and maritime activity, promoting the city's pivotal role in the Mayflower's journey and its wider maritime heritage.
Highlights will include the unveiling of the renovated Mayflower Memorial, a parade of sails featuring local boats, newly-commissioned musicals at the Mayflower Theatre, and exhibitions at historic buildings including Tudor House and God’s House Tower.
You'll be able to see the Wampum belt at the SeaCity Museum and a range of displays and activities at the National Oceanographic Centre, with content from the Maritime Archaeology Trust.
The Association of Sail Trading Organisations will be in port with around 200 young people learning to sail, while the Queen Mary II will set sail for America, leaving Southampton just as the Pilgrims did 400 years ago.
Marking the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower leaving Southampton, the Maritime Festival will run 14th-16th August 2020. Activities are still being finalised with more details available soon!
Mayflower Memorial, Southampton
The port where the Mayflower and Speedwell met, Southampton is steeped in maritime heritage and today is known as the cruise capital of Europe.
Tells the story of Southampton and its historic connections with Titanic and the sea.
Internationally renowned for its permanent collection which features around 5,000 works.
Step back in time on the banks of the Beaulieu River at the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard.
At the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is a multi-award winning family day out with something for everyone.
Exbury Gardens is a famous garden in Hampshire which belongs to a branch of the Rothschild family.
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