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Mayflower cookies recipe

  Mayflower A ship that is famous for carrying the pilgrims to America in 1620. But a ship that arrived in the wrong place – they were aiming for Virginia!  And a ship that was not designed to carry people at all – it was a cargo ship, more used to transporting goods like wine […]

Pilgrim hats recipe

Pilgrim Hats Google ‘pilgrim’ and this is the second image that comes up. Buckles on shoes, belt and, most especially, hats! This cartoon-ish interpretation of 17th century fashion has become almost a logo for the pilgrims. But historians think buckles did not actually come into style until decades later! The pilgrims wore those tall hats, […]

Commemorative Trees Planted at Babworth

On the 17th of March 2021, two special trees were planted in the grounds of All Saints’ Church, Babworth. One of these was the unmatched variety of apple tree, Pilgrim 400, which has been gifted to various locations associated with Mayflower Pilgrim history, including Leiden, Plymouth, and many locations in our region. These special trees […]

New Mayflower Play Facility for Kings’ Park, Retford

  New Mayflower Play Facility for Kings’ Park, Retford   New play equipment inspired by Bassetlaw’s links to the Mayflower, the ship that transported Pilgrims from Plymouth to America in 1620, will be taking shape Kings’ Park over the next few weeks. The new equipment will have a variety of features including nets, slides, game […]

Three Sisters Planting Competition 2021

Three Sisters Planting Competition 2021 After the success of last year’s competition, Pilgrim Roots is expanding the Three Sisters Planting competition with a separate category for schools and organisations! 2021 is the 400th anniversary of the harvest feast that became known as the First Thanksgiving in America; at that feast, pilgrims who came from our […]

Snowdrops at Babworth

These simple flowers are always seen as a sign of spring and a promise of better things to come. Each year, the woodland setting around Babworth Church is covered in dainty white flowers...

The End of the Anniversary Year

The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing is drawing to a close. What a year it’s been! Not at all as we had imagined, but truly historic nonetheless. We thought we’d share with you some of our highlights from the year, and some of our hopes for 2021.

Pilgrims Trail Boards Podcasts

The pilgrims trail boards are now available in audio format! Around North Nottinghamshire and Gainsborough, there are 8 pilgrims trail boards that give fantastic information on the story of the pilgrims and where it all began. We were delighted to work with volunteers, which means these podcasts are voiced by local people, perhaps featuring the […]

North Notts Lit Fest & Heritage Open Day

Government restrictions in September meant that events could not go ahead in the usual fashion. We supported two local festivals to take their content online, and they rose the challenge wonderfully! The festivals had amazing combined reach, engaging 270,000 individuals from over 40 different countries. You can see a highlight reel of the week’s activities, […]