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Events to celebrate the
Pilgrim Fathers are held every year in Retford:
Illuminate Church Service.
3rd week in November.
A service held annually in
St Swithuns Parish Church, Retford. to commemorate the work of the Pilgrims and
Illuminate Procession. 3rd
week in November.
A lantern procession
through the streets of Retford.
Thanksgiving meal. 3rd week in November.
The Mayflower Pilgrim
Visitor Centre and Museum opened in
We welcome group bookings
including coach parties by arrangement. We are located in Retford at the heart
of Pilgrim Country. Drop off at the door with coach parking nearby.
A young 'Pilgrim',
-- Mr John Mann, M.P., Madeline Richardson,
Retford Mayor 2016 and guest at the opening. --
Outside the HUB.
We can offer activities or
The Pilgrim Fathers.
Learn why the Pilgrims
started the 'Separatist' movement. Discover who they were, how the area was a
'hot bed' of modernist ideas and how they were helped by many others. Follow the
story through to their journeys to Holland and America and discover the impact
this had on world history.
The age of
enlightenment after the middle ages.
The Pilgrims developed
ideas about freedom and religion that were at odds with tradition. The impact
was to change the country, bringing it out of the 'Middle Ages' and creating an
age of change and learning. Discover some of the impacts on the Church, on the
Monarchy and how the creation of the State affected ordinary people from
such things as the Enclosures Act.
Art in the 16th Century.
A hands on workshop where
you will learn about artistic media, pigments and art in the 16th Century. The
highlight will be working with clay to produce your own piece of 'Pilgrim Art'
We also provide catering; a
buffet to work alongside the talks and activities or a
full menu in our partner coffee shop.
We can provide
teachers packs and have an experienced teacher who can deliver content to meet
the National Curriculum.
Our speakers include Sue Allan
and Adrian Gray, researchers and authors of books on the Pilgrims and religion.
Pilgrims and Pilgrim Fathers Museum
member of the Robin Hood tourism group
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