With Dartmouth Mayflower 400 under the lead of two new directors, Laura Campbell (Tourism & Maritime) and Lindsay Ellwood (Heritage & Education), the Mayflower mark in Dartmouth is very much present and known.
Achievements in 2020
Demonstrated by many successful 2020 projects by Lindsay Ellwood, the town saw the opening of the Heritage Trail alongside the Packhorse Trail, linking to Townstal, the original settlement to the port and the Castle Trail that runs from Bayard Cove to Dartmouth Castle. On the trails you will see our Pilgrim Sculpture, ‘New Horizons’, created by Mark Gregory and the Dartmouth Academy Students.
See the link: https://www.dartmouthmayflower400.uk/dartmouth-walking-trail/ to download the maps for each trail and download the Mayflower Self-Guided Tours App here: https://www.mayflower400uk.org/app
The Trail Maps and Children’s Trail activity book are available to pick up for free in the Visitor Centre
The publication of ‘Stories of the Mayflower’ was another highlight of the year, a book written by children for children, with funds from the sales supporting students in our local schools to go on educational visits.
Purchase a copy of the book here for only £6.99: https://www.dartmouthmayflower400.uk/storiesofthemayflower/
The 10ft replica Scale Model of the Mayflower, built by local volunteers is now on display in Dartmouth Museum as part of a Mayflower Exhibition. Check out the building process and progress here: https://www.dartmouthmayflower400.uk/model_of_the_mayflower-images/
Laura Campbell created a Tourism Legacy for Dartmouth through the Mayflower project, creating and training a team of Town Guides with support from Les Ellis, to share our story with Visitors and generate revenue for our Visitor Centre. Laura continues to work with local businesses in and around Dartmouth as well as in partnership with Discover Dartmouth to create memorable experiences to engage visitors and to showcase all Dartmouth has to offer to the National and International Travel Industry and drive our Visitor Economy.
Exciting Summer 2021 Events
Events to look forward to this summer include the Dartmouth Regatta Recitals with funds raised by the Arts & Culture team.
The Mayflower River Parade sponsored by Premier Marinas will take place on Saturday 28th August 2021, as part of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta. Sailing from Noss Marina along the Dartmouth side of the River Dart to just below the Lower Ferry, where a salute will be taken by our invited VIP’s and the vessels will disperse. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed vessel and the best salute!
More details here: https://www.dartmouthmayflower400.uk/projects/mayflower-river-parade/
Dartmouth Mayflower are partnering with multiple causes including:
Dart Sailability to support the relocation to Dartside Quay at Galmpton by providing funds towards an extension to the pontoon on which a hoist will be installed, enabling the safe transfer of people with disabilities into and out of the boats, and refurbishment of a portacabin to form a clubhouse.
Dartmouth Mayflower with RDYST along with Dartmouth Academy and Dartmouth YC is sponsoring a crew of disadvantaged young people to sail in the Ocean Youth Trust’s yacht Prolific as part of the Mayflower Race from Southampton to Dartmouth from 15th-20th August 2021, organised by the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO).
A highlight of the year is the Dartmouth Food Festival with the Dart the Dart Fun Run on September 25th 2021. Along the way up to 400 runners will sample various culinary delights and take on board liquid refreshments at a host of different venues, all whilst wearing fancy dress.
Get your tickets here: https://www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com/event/dart-the-dart/
After such challenges times, yet achieving so much, these events are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the history of Dartmouth Mayflower and we can’t wait to see you there!
Thank you for your continued support,
Laura & Lindsay