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The Flight of the Separatists

All Aboard the Mayflower! Family-friendly fun with the children’s theatre company Rhubarb Theatre Last year’s postponed ‘Flight of the Separatists’ event will take place on Saturday 17th July in the grounds of the newly re-opened Gainsborough Old Hall. The event had been scheduled for May last year, to mark the town’s links to the Mayflower […]

Spirit of Mayflower Podcast

Mayflower Artist Rachel Carter Spirit of Mayflower artist Rachel Carter crossed the Atlantic on a cargo ship to understand something of the pilgrims’ experience from 400 years ago. She spent time as an artist in residence at Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum before returning to England and creating the Pilgrim Woman statue through a community […]

How to plant the Three Sisters

The ‘Three Sisters’ method is companion planting at its best, with three plants growing symbiotically to deter weeds and pests, enrich the soil, and support each other.

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.