Visiting Immingham, North East Lincolnshire

Immingham is located in North East Lincolnshire on the East coast of England. The town's museum tells the local history and how the area became home to one of the UK's largest ports. Many street names are named after the passengers of the Mayflower - you will spot Bradford, Clyfton and more as you travel around the town.

On the banks of the Humber Estuary, the nearby resort of Cleethorpes is very popular with visitors with a beautiful sandy beach and year-round attractions. Once a tiny fishing village famous for its oysters, in the 19th century it developed into a health resort, popular for its therapeutic bathing and iron rich mineral waters.  Today it attracts visitors who come to enjoy its lovely beaches, long promenade, recently renovated pier and gardens. It is also a great place for bird watching.  You can spot Curlew, Great Black Backed Gulls, Ring Plover, Redshank, Oyster Catchers and Black Headed Gulls.  The sand dunes on part of the beach are designated as a local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest due to their rich flora and fauna and have some of the best wildflower meadows in Lincolnshire.

Nearby, Great Grimsby is a large coastal town that originated as a Viking settlement during the 9th century and has developed as a major sea port, once hosting the largest fishing fleet in the world.  These days, whilst food is still a major driver in the town, being home to over 500 food processing companies, it is a key player in the emerging renewable energies industry.

Discover life for British trawlermen by visiting the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and experience the sights, sounds and smells as a 1950’s trawlerman and his family. Take a guided tour of the historic Ross Tiger to experience the conditions aboard one of our earliest surviving diesel side-trawlers.  Explore the Time Trap Museum at Grimsby Town Hall and uncover the town’s colourful past in the old police cells mapping the development of the town.

South of Immingham you will find the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds. Rolling hills with pretty English villages showcasing some of England's finest countryside.

Immingham's Mayflower programme

Immingham’s Mayflower 400 programme will deliver a range of new events to the town, including a dedicated cultural programme, new heritage trail and enhancements to the Pilgrim exhibition in their museum.

Supported by a £500,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, partners from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire have come together to develop an exceptional programme of heritage activity commemorating the birthplace of the Separatists and the stories that inspired their journey to America. To date, over 100 activities are planned in the build-up to and through 2020, and this will increase as the programme gains momentum. Alongside the PilgrimAGE 2020 festival, highlights include:

  • The region’s existing self-drive Mayflower Trail will be renamed the Pilgrims Trail, and receive significant investment to increase its scale and content, including digital resources. Through 2020 the trail will be enhanced by a range of activities targeting visitors and residents, providing unique experiences that will engage people with the local landscape and heritage

  • A new Pilgrims Gallery at Bassetlaw Museum will open in May 2019. This will tell the story of the Pilgrims in North Nottinghamshire, addressing core themes of tolerance, freedom and migration while also acting as the focal point for the Pilgrims Trail

  • A series of high profile exhibitions will take place across
    the Roots region, including a new permanent installation in Gainsborough Old Hall and multiple shows across Doncaster’s Heritage Festival

  • Imagination Museum Mayflower 400 by Katie Green will use the medium of dance to interpret the Pilgrim’s story and engage young people, with performances based at non- traditional dance spaces such as museums and exhibitions

  • A brilliantly diverse cultural programme, with activity ranging across performance, photography, health and well-being, digital, writing, schools engagement and more. This is being developed in partnership with local communities and organisations such as Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and the Percy Laws Gallery, ensuring that content will be accessible, authentic and carry real resonance for visitors and residents

Immingham and the Mayflower story

The year following that of the trial of the Scrooby congregation at Boston Guildhall, the Pilgrims make another - this time successful - attempt to escape.

In 1608 the Separatists secured the services of a Dutch boat and her captain to take them to Holland. One of the group, Francis Hawkins fell ill - his body is buried in St. Andrews Church graveyard. The Dutch captain set sail from Immingham Creek with only the men - the women and children were to later join them in Holland - their journey no doubt full of perilous challenges.

Immingham Creek is now part of the large port of Immingham, the largest port by tonnage in Great Britain. St. Andrew's Church welcomes visitors and in 2019 will be celebrating its 800th year anniversary.  On the nearby green, Pilgrim Park, is a memorial to those who made the journey, the Pilgrim Monument.  The memorial was organised in 1924 by the Anglo-American Society and is made with rock from Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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