One ship that links four nations, spans 400 years of history and connects millions of people.

From November 2019, an ambitious commemoration will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage, telling the story of a ship and its passengers - a group of people that a remarkable 30million+ US citizens have descended from.

It will include a creative, inspiring and unforgettable series of events - from breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime festivals to grand, thought-provoking artistic installations and a vast network of community events.

It's the world's biggest family reunion - and you're invited.

In England, the commemoration focuses on the key towns and cities that make up the national Mayflower trail.

Who were the Pilgrims?

The Mayflower story begins with the origins of the people who became known as the Pilgrims - the passengers on the Mayflower. They boarded the Mayflower in Plymouth UK in 1620 and against great odds crossed the Atlantic to reach what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

But their story starts with the beginnings of the Separatist movement in England, taking in a spell in Holland before the pioneering voyage. When these Separatists boarded the Mayflower they were joined by others known as 'Strangers', plus servants and the crew.


One man who accompanied the pilgrims on their Mayflower journey was Myles Standish.

ACTIVITY: Can you research Myles Standish and write 5 facts about him. Be careful to question your source.