17th Jan, 2019

Mayflower 400 commemoration coming to Worcester Cathedral

Ross Crawford 23rd Dec, 2018

A FOUR-nation commemoration marking the sailing of the Mayflower ship in 1620 from England to the New World has been launched – and it includes Worcestershire in its remit.

The Mayflower 400 will explore all aspects of the Mayflower history and legacy reflecting the core themes of imagination, humanity, freedom and future. The programme encompasses a national visitor trail of 11 destinations in England, including Worcestershire, and 12 months of cultural activity.

The event will include a touring heritage and arts project ‘Wampum Belt’ in partnership with the Wampanoag nation of Native Americans, and a two-day historical ‘Mayflower 400 Pilgrim Conference’ organised by Worcester Cathedral.

Visit Worcestershire has been working with other UK destinations as part of a £700,000 VisitEngland project.

Promotional activities have included Visit Worcestershire organising visits to experience the Mayflower story within the county to boast what it has to offer to US visitors.

Emma Wheeler, tourism officer at Visit Worcestershire, said: “This is a great opportunity for Worcestershire to raise its profile regionally, nationally and internationally. As a county, we have played a part in many significant changes over the years, impacting the development of the world we know today.”

To find out more email Emma at tourism@visitworcestershire.org.

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