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Starting in November 2019, a year-long series of exciting events begin marking 400 years since the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620.

The commemorative programme of events and projects will be taking place at various locations across our network so let the train take you back in time and help you discover the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims - one of the most infamous voyages in history.



The city where the ship first set sailed, and host to a year full of world-class culture and heritage programmes to mark that first voyage. The commemorative programme begins with a highlight in the Plymouth calendar, Illuminate, the light-based festival with projections at Royal William Yard, The Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe. In spring 2020, witness the opening of the UK’s latest addition to the art world The Box. And that isn’t all, embark on trails, community events, theatre productions, art installations and more with Plymouth's packed calendar of Mayflower commemoration events. The festival programme culminates with Mayflower Week (13 – 20 September 2020) commemorating the departure of the Mayflower from the UK with an international four-nation civic event and the associated Mayflower Muster which will incorporate representation from the UK, US and Dutch navies.

Southampton Tudor House Museum


Southampton, a thriving port city steeped in maritime history, with a varied cultural and retail offer is a community built on journeys and migration. In 2020 Southampton will be commemorating the people who have made the City their home, through a variety of events, from performing arts to lectures and debates, art exhibitions, festivals, walking tours and community projects, there is something for everyone.
Mayflower Pub London


Southwark has a history of developing a brilliant grass-roots cultural activity which is set to continue through the Mayflower 400 commemoration year. From Rotherhithe Illuminate, a free five-day festival and new trails across Southwark taking you through Southwark’s rich heritage as well as incorporating popular attractions including Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and Borough Market.
Worcester Cathedral


Worcestershire’s Mayflower programme will draw on the regions exceptional heritage organisations to create a memorable series of activities for Mayflower 400, while also promoting wider links with the US. Including a series of events at Worcester’s amazing Cathedral, including a two-day conference with 8 speakers, Mayflower: Faith and Freedom Conference, and the Three Choirs Festival which brings exceptional choral-orchestral performances to the city.
Dartmouth Panorama


Visitors will be able to see beautiful historic buildings that were standing in 1620, and explore atmospheric Bayard’s Cove, with its Tudor fort, where the Mayflower and Speedwell were moored. The Grand Dart River Pageant will start on the 30th of August 2020. This will launch Dartmouth’s core week of Mayflower activity, following from the annual Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. The event will include tall ships, community participation and shore-based festivities.
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