Mayflower 400 Events

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Various locations, PLYMOUTH, Devon, PL1 2LR

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Mayflower 400, Plymouth

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The official Mayflower 400 UK commemorations will showcase an exciting year-long programme of ambitious cultural and artistic events.

Beginning with the dazzling Illuminate light shows in November 2019, it will feature unforgettable festivals, touring exhibitions and world class events that will captivate a memorable 12 months of commemoration through to November 2020 and the closing Illuminate ceremony.

You can browse our selected highlight events or search for events by destination or type below.

You can also download a complete overview of the international Mayflower 400 programme and a detailed guide to the programme of commemorations in Plymouth, UK

Mayflower Ocean Festival 4th – 10th May

The Mayflower Ocean Festival will celebrate Plymouth’s status as Britain’s Ocean City, bringing together the world-class transatlantic Transat, OSTAR and TWOSTAR races with city’s existing Pirates Weekend and a host of new activities that will get people on the water.

Mayflower Week 14th – 20th September A week of amazing activity, including: • A visit from the Matthew, a replica 15th century tall ship • Daily fly-bys • An international field gun competition • The Navy’s Rehabilitation Triathlon, traditionally held in Lympstone but transferred to Plymouth for 2020 The week will be crowned by two further headline events:

Mayflower Ceremony 16th September A four-nations civic ceremony commemorating the Mayflower’s journey and legacy on the day of the Mayflower’s departure, attended by representatives from the UK, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag. There will be schools and mass participation elements, making sure that Plymouth’s residents are at the heart of this special day.

Mayflower Muster 19th and 20th September Plymouth is one the world’s foremost Naval bases, with a history stretching back to 1691. In 2020, we will celebrate this heritage in partnership with the US and Dutch Armed Forces to create a spectacular festival including live displays, interactive demonstrations and a host of other activity.

Partner Events

The Mayflower programme is already working with a broad range of organisations to deliver an amazing grass-roots lead series of events for 2020, including: • Plymouth Philatelic Society’s Mayflower Show • Devon Family History Society’s Mayflower Conference • The Great Torrington Cavaliers Mayflower bonfire • Plymouth Dance’s ‘Help! I Can’t Teach Dance’ Mayflower schools project • St Andrew’s Door of Unity ceremony

Opening Times

Illuminate Plymouth (28 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019)
Mayflower Ocean Festival (4 May 2020 - 10 May 2020)
Mayflower Week (14 Sept 2020 - 20 Sept 2020)
Mayflower Ceremony (16 Sept 2020)
Mayflower Muster (19 Sept 2020 - 20 Sept 2020)

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