The Mayflower 2020
Mayflower 400 Commemoration August 2020
August 1620 saw the Pilgrim Fathers, in their two ships, The Mayflower and The Speedwell depart from Bayards Cove in Dartmouth for the New World America. Unfortunately, the Speedwell started sinking 200 miles off Lands End and they all returned to Plymouth. the Mayflower continued the journey alone to America and created history.
Now nearly 400 years later, The Mayflower project, based in Harwich (the birth place of the ship’s captain, Christopher Jones and the place the Mayflower was arguably originally built) is building a life size replica of the Mayflower, to be ready before 2020 to set sail once again for the New World.
Dartmouth's Plans for 2020
The Mayflower 400 project in Dartmouth has the potential to be one of the biggest events in the Town's 900 year history. We are working our event framework around the visit of the Harwich Mayflower and an accompanying ship to act as the Speedwell to produce an extravaganza of memorable events. We hope to greet them as they enter our harbour with a flotilla of Tall Ships, the ringing out of church bells, and the lighting of our beacons either side of the river, and that is just the beginning. The Town will be dressed up as of the time of the original visit, as will we hope our residents, with if possible a replica Plantation Village in our Royal Avenue Gardens. Plays, music and all sorts of entertainment around the Town will fill the duration of their visit, before they depart for Plymouth, Devon. Dartmouth's annual calendar of festivals, show its track record of expertise in producing large events - its Regatta, Music, Food, Comedy festivals as well as its Art Weekend, all bear testimony to its capability of meeting the challenge of hosting part of the commemoration.
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|Open (12 Aug 2020 - 20 Aug 2020)|