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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

Update – Deadline Announcement! Send photos of your crops and plants to info@pilgrimroots.org by close of play on Thursday 9th September to be in with a chance of winning this year’s competition! Three Sisters Planting Competition 2021 After the success of last year’s competition, Pilgrim Roots is expanding the Three Sisters Planting competition with a […]

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, […]
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Compact

Forming a ‘civil body politic’ Once they arrived on the shores of America in mid-November, the Pilgrims faced a hard winter, realised they needed a new legal agreement, and managed to survive thanks to help from the Wampanoag Native Americans who already lived there. The ship stopped just off the coast of modern-day Provincetown in […]

Voyage

Coming to America The Mayflower set sail for Virginia in September 1620 with around 130 passengers and crew. In lateNovember, the ship sighted land – but they were further north than planned. After a long voyage across theAtlantic, the Pilgrims were just off the coast of Massachusetts. Pilgrim diarist William Bradford recalled the drama of […]
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Servitude

Indentured passengers on the Mayflower There were a range of different passengers on the Mayflower, a mixture of Separatist families and others sent to help establish a new colony by those sponsoring the voyage.  Some of the families were accompanied by servants, which Bradford – who became the Governor of the colony within its first […]