Dartmouth is one of the twelve towns participating in the National Mayflower Partnership and throughout the twelve months from Thanksgiving November 2019, will be commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the New World, with a series of exciting events and projects, some of which will leave a lasting legacy well beyond 2020.
We hope to involve the whole town in this historic commemoration, which will raise Dartmouth’s profile as a fascinating place to visit, encouraging national and international visitors, and stimulating the local economy.
Dartmouth will be left with a permanent legacy, making the town more attractive and informative for both residents and visitors, increasing visitor numbers and bringing economic benefits to the town and area.
One of the focal points in the town will be the Mayflower Trail.
Dartmouth’s Mayflower Trail will lead visitors through the town – where they will be walking in the footsteps of the Pilgrims. Visitors will be able to see some of the beautiful historic buildings that were standing in 1620, and explore atmospheric Bayard’s Cove, with its Tudor fort, where the Mayflower and Speedwell were moored. There will be interpretation panels and digital information at points of interest along the route, that will explain Dartmouth’s role in the Mayflower story and the wider historical context, plus informative leaflets and a quiz for children.
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We envisage that the Mayflower 400 commemoration in 2020 will raise Dartmouth’s profile as a fascinating place to visit, encourage national and international visitors, and stimulate the local economy – leaving a legacy that will be beneficial to the town for years to come.
Schools, colleges and organisations will work together, creating educational opportunities and networks for young people.
By engaging with the community as a whole, diverse groups will be working alongside each other to deliver our exciting projects – strengthening community spirit, and creating new connections and friendships.