Illuminate is a spectacular festival of light taking place around the Mayflower destinations.

It launched the the Mayflower 400 commemoration year in November 2019 at a number of locations across the globe.

A dazzling series of events were held in the UK, Holland and the US, marking the first Thanksgiving that took place between those who boarded the Mayflower and the native American people in 1621.

The light festival built on the success of Illuminate events that have been taking place every November in the build up to the Mayflower 400 anniversary year.

Previous events have seen thousands flock to historic locations like Royal William Yard in Plymouth for an immersive experience, with projections and light installations, live performances and interactive opportunities.

More Illuminate festival dates will be announced in the coming months.

Below you will find details of news, events, videos and articles relating to Illuminate events planned for 2020 and 2021.

  • Make your own lantern for Illuminate 2020

    People in the towns and villages linked to the Mayflower story are being invited to get creative with our lantern toolkit and light up communities this November. People living in the towns and villages that make up the region where many of the prominent figures in the Mayflower story came from are being invited to take part in a mass lantern-making event to mark Thanksgiving.

    This November, the Pilgrim Roots’ region’s annual Illuminate events commemorating local links to the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story will be a bit different, like so many other things that have changed recently.

    For the past few years, fantastic parades of lanterns have taken place in Boston, Gainsborough, Retford and Worksop, but sadly, it will not possible this year.

    Instead, people are being invited to get creative at home using a specially designed toolkit full of templates, ideas and inspiration for making your own lantern.

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  • Event: Illuminate Plymouth

    Due to the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, organisers have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Illuminate light festival, planned for November.

    The spectacular light festival, which transforms Royal William Yard through light art installations and projection mapping, will now take place from 18-21 February 2021.

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  • Read: Businesses and residents invited to Illuminate Boston with 1620 Lanterns

    Boston Borough Council and Transported are inviting businesses and residents of Boston to share their hope, gratitude and reflection on Thursday, 26 November in the creation of 1620 spectacular and beautiful lanterns.

    This year, the procession and programme of workshops to make it all, has had to be cancelled - but Boston is keen to keep the candle burning.

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  • Event: Illuminate Boston with 1620 Lanterns

    Businesses and residents of Boston will be sharing their hope, gratitude and reflection this November in the creation of 1620 spectacular and beautiful lanterns.

    The collection will be exhibited in clusters around the town, creating a trail to be explored and discovered by families and friends throughout November, with a focus on Thanksgiving Day on 26 November.

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