The Spirit of Mayflower
Worcestershire is proud to be one of eleven Mayflower partner locations in England working with local, national and international partners to commemorate the anniversary.
A packed Mayflower programme of events, drawing on the regions exceptional heritage assets and organisations has been organised. The events range from concerts and festivals, to family fun days and historical tours, there is something for everyone. Below are just a few of the key highlights of the programme.
In light of the latest UK Government information and guidance regarding Coronavirus, we are currently in contact with our many partners, event organisers and host venues to work through the implications on the Mayflower 400 events and activity programme.
National Mayflower 400 events in March, April and May will be cancelled or postponed and we will announce further details of what is happening on the website and through our social channels as soon as we have clarity on the programme changes.
11 January-21 November, Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery
This exhibition is free to attend and explores The Mayflower through archaeology, costume and fascinating objects from the Museum’s World Cultures collection. See rare indigenous American and Canadian objects such as a Seal Gut Parka and embroidered cradle board, and explore how these came to rest in Worcester, 3,000 miles from their origin.
ALL AT SEA – CURATOR’S TOUR – Cancelled
20 April, Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery
Join the Curator of The Mayflower exhibition as she talks about her favourite objects in The Mayflower exhibition and the fascinating stories that have come from her research.
Tours take approx 30-60 minutes, no booking needed just meet at the Art Gallery desk at 11:30am, cost is £3 per person.
MAYFLOWER FAITH AND FREEDOM CONFERENCE – Cancelled
17-18 April, Worcester Cathedral
The conference will include expert led talks on religion and belief in Jacobean England, the Lost World of the Pilgrim, the Winslow Family and their Worcester connections and the Mayflower Pilgrims’ encounters across the Atlantic.
Booking is required, cost for the two day conference is £186 per person, also includes tours, lunch and refreshments.
MAYFLOWER GALA CONCERT – Postponed
25 April, Worcester Cathedral
The Worcester Mayflower Gala Concert includes the ‘World Premiere’ of a specially-commissioned, major choral/orchestral work from composer Philip Sawyers – titled Mayflower on The Sea of Time. The work tells of the journey, the issues of the time, and Worcestershire’s part in the Mayflower story.
Performed by 200 members of the Worcestershire Mayflower Chorus and English Symphony Orchestra.
Booking is required, tickets cost between £5-£25 per person, the concert commences at 7:30pm.
MAYFLOWER 400 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
13 June, Pershore Abbey
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower the Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra will take you on a voyage of transatlantic music including:
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Greensleeves
Mendelssohn – Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Ives – Three Places in New England
Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”
Tickets details will be released shortly, the concert commences at 2:30pm.
DROITWICH SPA FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
27-28 June, Lido Park, Droitwich Spa
The Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival is free to attend and is a great opportunity to celebrate the best of food and drink from the local area. The event will be opened by Michelin star chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. He will also be running food demonstrations for everyone to enjoy and will be cooking using local produce.
Discover the town’s connection to salt and how it is now being created again using similar methods to those used in the 1600s.
There will also be the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and to see the Mayflower Ghost Ship (1/4 size replica) situated in the Lido Park.
MAYFLOWER 400 COMMUNITY DAY
4 July, Droitwich Spa Town Centre
The Mayflower 400 Community Day is a free event taking place across Droitwich Spa Town Centre, the birthplace of Mayflower pilgrim Edward Winslow.
Exploring themes of freedom, humanity and imagination the day will include storytelling, music, poetry and circus performances, virtual reality and craft for all the family. Children’s opera company B’Opera will also be performing their especially devised A Mayflower Tale in Lido Park and Worcestershire based White Socks Theatre will present a children’s show about Edward Winslow and the sailing of the ship in Droitwich Spa Library.
THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL
25 July – 1 August, Worcester Cathedral
The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, chamber recitals, talks and workshops.
The theme of voyage runs through the Three Choirs Festival programme this year, featuring music by American composers including, John Adam’s electrifying Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
Discover something unfamiliar at a variety of talks as well as a performance of Hora Novissima by Horatio Parker and The Pleiades by composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.
PILGRIM’S CHOICE – MAYFLOWER 400: BITE SIZE TALKS
10 November, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Join the Museum’s Curator for a talk about The Mayflower ship and its inhabitants on the 400th anniversary of it’s voyage from Plymouth to the USA, to find religious freedom in the New World.
Bite size talks are 30 mins, starting at 1:00pm and cost £3 per person.