Babworth
ARTS FESTIVAL

Babworth
ARTS Festival

Brought to you online  for 2020!

This popular event usually takes place in All Saints' Church, showcasing pilgrim inspired art by local people. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we are hosting the artwork here where it can be enjoyed from the safety of your own home.

Scroll through the images and perhaps listen to a talk at the bottom of this page.

You can find more about Bassetlaw Christian Heritage (BCH) and what they do via the button below.

ILLUMINATE

Babworth Arts Festival is part of our annual Pilgrims Festival. The November festival usually involves Illuminate parades taking places across the region. We're spreading a wave of light across our communities from home this year. Use the button below to find out how you can join in.

Welcome

This year the Pilgrims Festival Babworth Art Exhibition has gone online. This exhibition has been an important part, for the past four years, of the Pilgrims Festival which has commemorated the Mayflower Pilgrim Families’ journey to North America in 1620. This year marks the 400th anniversary of that sailing!
Pilgrim art exhibitions have also been popular at Worksop Priory.
All work on display in the exhibition was inspired, in some way, by the Separatist and Mayflower Pilgrims story. There are some photographs of the previous years exhibitions for those who missed them – nostalgic for those who were there.

The Art

Babworth
Although the village of Babworth has long since disappeared, the church still stands as a symbol of  the Separatist congregation that gathered here to listen to Richard Clyfton.
Pilgrim embroidery of Babworth.
Jenny King
All saints Church, Babworth.
Oil Painting.
John Harris
Golden Autumn in peaceful Babworth.
Photo.
Svetlana
Babworth Church.
Elaine Nash
Pilgrims country
Representing the land the pilgrims left
Elaine Nash
Year after year, Babworth Church, which was pivotal in the life of the Separatists before their journey to America on the Mayflower, has invited visitors to its 'Snowdrop Festival'.
Snowdrops at Babworth 1.
Elaine Nash
Babworth Snowdrops.
Photo
Hazel Brand
Snowdrops at Babworth 2.
Elaine Nash
Austerfield
The birthplace of William Bradford, who later became governor of Plymouth colony and wrote of Plymouth Plantation - documenting the life of the Colony and the adventures of the pilgrims.
Pilgrim embroidery of Austerfield.
Fay Evason
St. Helena church, Austerfield.
Watercolour
John Harris
William Bradford.
Part of the stained glass window in St. Helena Church Austerfield
William Bradford.
Oil Painting.
John Harris
Austerfield, Babworth and Scrooby
Cox's pippins art group
Scrooby
Home of William Brewster and his family, and an important stopping place on the Great North Road in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Scrooby Manor from Fishponds
Oil Painting
John Harris
Pilgrim embroidery of Scrooby
Jo Walker, Lynn Hadland and Jenny King
William Brewster
Oil Painting
John Harris
The Messenger
Ink
Hazel Brand
Patience Brewster aged 8
Oil Painting
Bonita Ferguson-Harris
Fearful Brewster aged 7
Oil Painting
Bonita Ferguson-Harris
Mary Brewster
Oil Painting
John Harris
Mary Brewster
Drawing
Maddie Richardson
William Brewster
Clay
Maddie Richardson
William Brewster
Drawing
Maddie Richardson
Retford
Starting point for the Pilgrims Trail, and linked to non-conformists of the pilgrim-era.
Small book bench (back)
St. Joseph's School
Small book bench (front)
St. Joseph's School
Interpretation of  William Brewster's study, Pilgrims Gallery, Retford
Pilgrim embroidery
Beverly Naylor and Jenny King
Sturton-le-Steeple and Gainsborough
Sturton is connected to the Separatist's story through Robinson and Smyth, and Gainsborough saw some Separatists flee to Holland via the Trent in 1608.
Pilgrim Embroidery of Sturton-le-steeple.
Janet Archer
Gainsborough Old Hall
Watercolour
John Harris
Worksop
Worksop Priory's Richard Bernard had connections to the Mayflower pilgrims and, through his daughter Mary, to tolerance in Rhode Island.
Leah Stuttard at Worksop Priory
Enhanced photo
Rick Brand 
Leah Stuttard at Worksop Priory
Photo 
Rick Brand
This is a photograph I took of Leah Studdard at Worksop Priory when she was performing as part of the Pilgrims festival in 2018. Leah is a brilliant international harpist and singer (she lived in France at the time she performed for us) and has been kind enough to perform at the Pilgrims festival twice now. The small cloister room at the Priory, recently refurbished, with its vaulted ceilings and revealed stonework provided brilliant acoustics and a really friendly atmosphere. 
Leah’s connection with the environment was intense, and brave – she performed one piece accompanied only by a bell that had been cast in an historic bell foundry in London – amazing! So, I took a photograph of Leah concentrating on tuning her harp, with the intention of capturing the connection with the stone, then enhanced the photograph to produce the attached image. 
*ONLINE* Medieval music for Advent

Sat 5, Sat 12 and Sun 13 December 2020
Tutor: Leah Stuttard
Holland and America
From 1607, the pilgrims began their journey.  First to Holland, then in 1620, to America
Under Attack
Ink
Hazel Brand
Speedwell Stained Glass
Pilgrim fathers Church, Rotterdam
Photo
Elaine Nash

The Last Supper
Acrylics on canvas
Hazel Brand
Plymouth Plantation
Photo
Rick Brand
Plymouth Plantation
Rick Brand
Mayflower, Building a nation
Ink
Hazel Brand
Leaving for Leiden
Oil Painting
Bonita Ferguson-Harris
Journey to the English coast
Watercolour and Ink
Hazel Brand
Waiting on the shore
Elaine Nash
English reformed church, Amsterdam
Elaine Nash
Pilgrims Plaque, Amsterdam
Elaine Nash
Mayflower
Cox's Pippins art group
America
Cox's Pippins art group
America
Cox's Pippins art group
Sachem Massasoit Statue
(Plymouth Mass.)
Photo
Rick Brand
The storm is passing
Jackie Gray
They came from a land to the East
Poem
Isabelle Richards
Pilgrim Events
"My interest in compiling a photographic record of local events lead me to become Photographer to the Retford Civic Society. These images are a record of some of the "Pilgrim 2020" events that have taken place over the past few years."
Brian Shawcross
Pilgrim fun run 2018
Pilgrim fun run 2018
Babworth church 2018
Pilgrim Festival 2016
Pilgrim festival 2016
Pilgrim parade 2017
Pilgrim parade 2017
Pilgrim parade 2018
Pilgrim parade 2018
Pilgrim parade 2018

The Entertainment

  • Where it all began
  • Pilgrims & Prophets
  • iLLUMINATE
  • Embroideries
  • Doncaster wAITES
  • Leah Stuttard
  • JO Thorpe
Discover where it all began with churches in the Pilgrim Roots region and the remarkable stories of those who went on to sail with the Mayflower in 1620.

These videos were produced in a collaborative project led by Bassetlaw District Council for Heritage Lottery Funded project Pilgrim Roots.
In 1641, two young women died suddenly after a wedding - but one came back from the dead, prophesying terrible things if England did not repent. Then, a few days later, she died again. Historian Adrian Gray investigates this bizarre story from a turbulent era.
The Pilgrim Embroideries were made to commemorate the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
They have been designed and embroidered by Jenny King and a small group of local needlewomen known as the Pilgrim Embroiderers.
The embroidered text on each piece, designed by Lynn Hadland, tells of the main leaders of the Separatist movement in each village.
The embroideries are to be donated to the churches that can be found along the Pilgrim Trail.
"  An early 17th century hymn accompanied by me playing my virginals rather than my harp! Hope you like it. I enjoyed making it actually - nice to do something different, to go back to my old instrument (I played piano and harpsichord before I played harp).
I've really enjoyed finding out about the Pilgrim Roots stuff - hope there will still be occasion for interaction once the big festival is over. "

Children of the Mayflower

A Pilgrim for to be

Jo created these songs for the anniversary year in hopes that they could be used in workshops with children, who might add harmonies and use percussion instruments within the song. Jo wrote the music for both pieces, and the lyrics for A Pilgrim for to be, and Dean Geary wrote the lyrics to Children of the Mayflower.

Please contact us if you know of schools and other children's groups who might want to engage with this project.

The Pilgrims TRAIL

The Pilgrims Trail connects the churches and villages the Separatists knew. The sites have been freshly interpreted for 2020 and are an opoortunity to discover more of this important local heritage story. 

We're created digital resources to help you get the most out of your visit, or connect with the trail from wherever you are. Click discover more for resources including audio trails and site videos.

Give FEEDBACK

We hope you've enjoyed the exhibition, and would be really grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete our quick survey.

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