Mayflower Pilgrims

Heritage and history

The District of Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire, has a wealth of heritage and history and the asset that Bassetlaw places significant importance on, is being the origins of the Mayflower Pilgrims, as it was here that the beginnings of religious Separatism can be traced.

Preparing for the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail

In 2020 it will be 400 years since these brave pilgrims set out for America and Bassetlaw District Council is working closely with Mayflower 400, a national organisation led by Destination Plymouth, to make sure that this landmark anniversary is given the recognition it deserves. Mayflower 400 has 11 partner destinations, who all have links with the Mayflower story, including Leiden in Holland and  Plymouth 400 in United States (that also includes the Native American Wampanoag Indians).  The group meets regularly to discuss national initiatives that can be shared amongst partners in the commemorative year spanning November 2019 until November 2020.

Pilgrim Roots

To complement the Mayflower 400 partnership, a regional partnership entitled Pilgrim Roots has been established.  Members of the Roots group include West Lindsey District Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Boston Town Council and a number of other interested organisations including Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and University of Lincoln.  The aims of this group are to work with national Mayflower 400 initiatives whilst ensuring that the unique story of the Separatist roots are not overshadowed by the story of the journey of the Mayflower ship.

Finding accommodation on the Mayflower Trail

The Hub, located at 11 Churchgate, Retford, tel: 01777860414  can provide information on accommodation around the Mayflower Trail area.  Also located within this building is the Mayflower Pilgrim Centre which is well worth a visit. Visit Nottinghamshire is the website of the Destination Marketing Organisation for the county and this also provides details of hotels, dining and things to do across the county.

Booking a tour of the Mayflower Trail

Sue Allan of Pilgrim Tours, winner of the Experience Nottinghamshire Excellence in Customer Service Award for 2014 is dedicated to providing specialised services for a wide range of customers – including people on vacation, students, families, schools, home-based education groups, church groups, and of course any of the five million known descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Pilgrims and Prophets is another Retford based company providing tours of the Mayflower Trail in addition to a number of other specialised Christian Heritage tours within a 30-mile radius of Retford.


Last Updated on Tuesday, February 21, 2023