Mayflower 400 Community Day

The free Mayflower 400 Community Day will take place across Droitwich Spa Town Centre, the birthplace of Mayflower Pilgrim Edward Winslow.

Learn more about Winslow and Droitwich's connection to global history and the Mayflower voyage through poetry, performance, street art and virtual reality.

It promises to be a great day out for families, with storytelling, music and craft.

Confirmed programme highlights include work from one of the UK's leading street theatre and circus companies, Acrojou, with their show 'All At Sea', set in a boat, and Poetry Jukebox by artist and theatre maker Adie Mueller with a selection of poetry chosen to be performed especially for this event.

Also confirmed to-date are regional companies including children's opera company B’Opera with 'A Mayflower Tale', to be performed on the bandstand in Lido Park, and Worcestershire-based White Socks Theatre, who will present a children’s show about Winslow and the sailing of the ship in Droitwich Spa Library.

Edward Winslow

On the day, audiences will also be able to take a walk through history on the Mayflower ship itself with virtual reality experiences created by local resident Professor Robert Stone, visiting professor in XR & Telepresence, and his Human Interface Technologies Team at The University of Birmingham.

The Community Day programming team are seeking local community groups and artists to create or perform throughout the day, already confirmed are the local Rock Choir performing on the main stage, along with Westacre Middle School.

Alex Sinton, Leader of Droitwich Spa Town Council, said: "We are looking forward to marking this commemorative anniversary with a special free event in Droitwich Spa.

"We are proud to be part of the National Mayflower 400 event programme which connects Droitwich’s unique history in a global context. We really hope local artists and community groups will get in touch to be involved in what promises to be a truly memorable day."

The Mayflower 400 Community Day is funded by Droitwich Spa Town Council, Wychavon District Council, Worcestershire County Council and Arts Council England - with the principal sponsor for the event being local company Churchfields, creators of Droitwich Salt.

Acrojou will be performing their show 'All At Sea'

Will Kerton, owner of Churchfields Saltworks, added: "As a family business, Droitwich Salt are delighted to be supporting this initiative for Droitwich Spa, bringing a high-quality arts programme to the town for families of all ages.

"As many know, Winslow was from a salt merchant family, and we will be bringing Droitwich Salt into the food offer for the day with special Salt Burgers and ice cream, and are looking forward to this special event."

If you’d like to perform or be part of the artistic programme, email enquiries@opusartsevents.co.uk to request more information by 5pm on Monday, 16 March.

Anyone who would like to volunteer on the day should email paige@opusartsevents.co.uk with an outline of their interest.

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