Pilgrim Country nestles on the crossroads of three English counties. It overlaps the district of Bassetlaw in North Nottinghamshire along with South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and it covers roughly 50 square miles of picturesque villages and charming market towns.
You can download a copy of the Mayflower Trail for your visit. This circular trail takes you to the historic sites associated with the principal players in the Mayflower Pilgrims' story including William Brewster and William Bradford, whose lives are well documented.
Alternatively, if you would prefer a guide to take you on your exploration of the Mayflower Pilgrim sites, local tour guide Brackenbury's Britain is ideally placed to show you those hidden buildings and by ways that formed the roots of founding fathers of the United States of America.
You could also visit the Mayflower Pilgrims Visitor Centre in Retford. This compact but incredibly informative museum has models, displays, children’s activities, dressing up clothes, interactive content and smells representing Mayflower Pilgrim’s England.
There's much more to see in the Pilgrim Country so take advantage of the area's other historic attractions. Nottingham, Lincoln, York, the Yorkshire Dales, and the great outdoors of Derbyshire and the Peak District are all nearby. The legendary Sherwood Forest and literary landscapes of D.H. Lawrence and Lord Byron’s country are also just a stone's throw away, so your short break can easily turn into an extended stay.
2007 marked the 400th anniversary of the founding Mayflower Pilgrims leaving Bassetlaw to start their new life in Holland. It was 13 years later, in 1620, when the Pilgrims finally reached Plymouth, USA.
2020 will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s life changing voyage and arrival in Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts.