Visiting Scrooby & Babworth, Nottinghamshire

Scrooby and Babworth area in the Bassetlaw district of north Nottinghamshire. Today, the county is also well known for the city of Nottingham, Sherwood Forest - the Home of Robin Hood and being a centre of cultural, sporting and retail excellence. The surrounding countryside of Nottinghamshire has beautiful rural English villages, art galleries, excellent food and significant heritage.

Follow the Pilgrim Roots itinerary through north Nottinghamshire and take time to visit some of the county’s highlights. The Pilgrim Roots trail includes Scrooby, Babworth and other nearby destination including Gainsborough, Austerfield, Retford and Boston.

Scrooby & Babworth's Mayflower programme

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

Scrooby, Babworth and the Mayflower story

The leading religious Separatists who voyaged to America in 1620 were originally from the Bassetlaw area of Nottinghamshire, where their beliefs were shaped.

Regarded as dangerous religious renegades who rejected fundamental principles of the State and the established Church of England, they worshipped in secret to avoid arrest and persecution.

Among them was William Brewster who was brought up in Scrooby. Inspired by the radical words of Richard Clifton, the rector of nearby All Saints' Church, Babworth, Brewster is believed to have founded a Separatist Church in his family home - the (privately owned) manor house at Scrooby. He was fined for non-attendance at St. Wilfrid’s Church in Scrooby but was respected as an elder and spiritual guide, and played a significant role in the congregation’s later journeys.

Among the 35 million Americans who can trace their ancestry back to the Mayflower is Hollywood actress Ashley Judd, who is actually a descendant of William Brewster himself. The revelation was made to Judd on an emotional episode of the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

The delightful All Saints’ Church dates back to the 15th century, Richard Clifton was parson here from 1586 until 1605. The church contains many interesting items recalling the Pilgrims.

Supported by our national sponsors and funding partners

Scrooby & Babworth Mayflower Highlights

  • Events
  • Attractions
  • Accommodation

Price on application

Mayflower Pilgrim Tours

Guided Walking Tour

Personal guided tours of the home villages of Brewster, Bradford, Robinson and Smith.

Price on application

Pilgrims & Prophets Tours

Driving Tour

Tours of the Pilgrim Roots region and sites connected with the Pilgrim people and congregations.

Price on application

Brackenbury’s Britain

Guided Walking Tour

Brackenbury’s Britain specialises in cultural walking and driving tours of the Pilgrim Roots region.

Free, donations welcome

All Saints' Church, Babworth

Historic Site

All Saints' Church, Babworth, where Bradford and Brewster went to hear Richard Clifton preach.

Free

Bassetlaw Museum

Visitor Attraction

A small and very attractive museum in the market town of Retford.

£2.50 per person; group rates available

Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre

Visitor Attraction

Pilgrim Museum and Tourist Information centre, with displays, interactive content and artefacts in Retford.

From £770 per person

Select South West Tours

Driving Tour

Unforgettable private 5 day adventure across the UK tracing the journey of the Pilgrims who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620.

Free; fishing £8 to £12 per day

Torworth Grange

Food and drink

Torworth Grange is a Café Restaurant, Fishing Lakes, Farm Shop and Camping and Caravan Site, situated right in the heart of the Pilgrims Trail.

Free

Harley Gallery

Visitor Attraction

Harley Gallery and the Portland Collection are a free to visit art gallery, cafe and shop on the award winning Welbeck Estate

£4 adults; £2 children; group rates available

Clumber Park

Visitor Attraction

The National Trust's award winning Clumber Park is considered the jewel in North Nottinghamshire's crown.

Free; donations welcome

Scrooby Church

Church or religious building

St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby is where William Brewster and his family worshipped.

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa Exterior

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

Hotel

A 60 bedroom hotel with suites, lodges and a luxury spa.

Bedroom Suite

Browns of Holbeck

Bed & Breakfast

One of five finalists in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2014 in the Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation category, The Old Orchard Cottage is a 1730 stone country cottage.

The Sherwood Hideaway Bedroom One

The Sherwood Hideaway

Self-Catering

Escape to the forest: luxury lodge holidays in Sherwood Forest. Nottinghamshire Tourism's Holiday Village of the Year.

The Angel Inn, Blyth

The Angel Inn, Blyth

Hotel

The Angel Inn is an historic Coaching Inn, and is one of the oldest in the country with parts of the building dating back to the 12th century.

Thoresby Hall

Thoresby Hall

A grade 1 listed 19th century country house retreat with spa, gardens and fine dining.

Clumber Park Hotel

MGM Muthu Clumber Park Hotel & Spa

Hotel

Occupying a privileged position on the edge of Sherwood Forest, this Nottinghamshire hotel is a haven of unrivalled tranquility and natural beauty; an ideal base for exploring the county.

West Retford Hotel

West Retford Hotel

Hotel

BEST WESTERN PLUS West Retford Hotel is an 18th-century manor house set in over 4 acres of professionally landscaped gardens in Retford, North Nottinghamshire.

Torworth Grange Camping & Caravan Site

Torworth Grange Camping & Caravan Site

Camping and Caravanning

A scenic camp and caravan site right in the heart of the Pilgrims Trail with the added benefits of fishing lakes, farm shop and restaurant.

Jerico Farm

Jerico Farm

Bed & Breakfast

The perfect bed and breakfast stop for your visit to Nottingham. Our country property awaits you with lovely views and an award winning farmhouse breakfast!

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