Mayflower Roadtrip Itineraries & Destinations
Take a look at our suggested itineraries:
You have the freedom of the road, to stay longer in places of interest or add your own destinations - it's entirely up to you! Assistance provided for creating your perfect trip! All our itineraries start or end with the Mayflower Week of commemorations in Plymouth.
* = donates Mayflower destination
* = donates Mayflower destination
Worcester to Plymouth (14 nights)
£3,495. August 31- September 14 2020
Worcester* > Stratford Upon Avon > Cotswolds > Oxford > Southampton*
Exeter > Dartmouth* > Plymouth*
Plymouth to Worcester (14 nights) £3,495. September 14 - 28 2020
Plymouth* > Dartmouth* > Exeter > Southampton* > Oxford >
Cotswolds > Stratford Upon Avon > Worcester *
Worcester to Plymouth Plus (21 nights) £4,795. August 24 - September 14
Worcester * > Stratford Upon Avon > Babworth* > Gainsborough* >
Immingham * > Boston * > Cambridge > Harwich * >
Oxford > Southampton * > Dartmouth * > Plymouth *
Full Mayflower Experience (28 nights) £5,995. August 24 - September 21
Worcester * > Stratford Upon Avon > Babworth* > Gainsborough* > Immingham * > Lincoln / Lincolnshire Wolds > Boston * > Cambridge > Harwich * > Southwark, London * > Oxford > Southampton * > Dartmouth * > Plymouth * > Bristol > Gloucester > Worcester
Start or end our tours with the Mayflower Week of commemorations in Plymouth.
Mayflower Week - September 14th to September 20th 2020
This week celebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth on 16th September, heralding an amazing week of activity, including:
Mayflower Ceremony - Sept 16
A four-nations civic ceremony commemorating the Mayflower’s journey and legacy on the day of the Mayflower departure, attended by representatives from the UK, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag.
Mayflower Muster - Sept 19 & 20
In partnership with the US and Dutch Armed Forces, a spectacular festival including live displays, interactive demonstrations and a host of other activity will take place over two days, signalling the end of Mayflower Week.
Grand Dart River Pageant - Aug 20 - Sept 5
A major river-based event signifying the end of Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2020 and the start of Dartmouth’s week of Mayflower commemorations.
On the River Dart, tall ships and visiting local vessels will take part with flags and fancy dress – culminating in a sail-past of the South Embankment.
The ships will be led by the Matthew and all sailing clubs and boat owners on the River Dart and visiting yachtsmen will be invited to take part.
Read more about Plymouth and other places of significance below
Get a flavour of the history awaiting you, places of interest and events below. There's lots more to discover and we'll help tailor your personal journey
Highlights of Worcestershire
Worcester is home to an amazing evolving history, including the first and last battle of the Civil War, a visit from future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who were keen to see the site they regarded as the place where democracy was effectively born, large glove making industry, the creative home of the much loved Worcestershire Sauce and manufacturing of Royal Worcester Porcelain up until 2009.
Full of rolling hills, market towns and historic ‘black and white’, Worcestershire is also home to Morgan Motors. There are many churches, abbeys and other historic buildings to see around the county. The Cathedral of Worcester being particularly impressive.
The market spa town of Droitwich Spa is famed for its salt production and is on the canal - so boat trips and boating holidays are an option.
Royal guests to Worcester Cathedral included a succession of English kings and queens including King John, who was a guest at the Cathedral in October 1189 when he visited the city and Queen Elizabeth I in August 1575.
Drive the Elgar route to see the countryside that inspired Edward Elgar, the composer of “The Graduation March”
Worcestershire and the Mayflower
Visit Winslow's Worcester - including the Greyfriars, Tudor House Museum and The Commandery.
A series of events at Worcester’s amazing Cathedral, including the Three Choirs Festival, which will bring a cornucopia of exceptional choral-orchestral performances to the city
City Archives at The Hive
Book optional tour to view Edward Winslow’s Baptism record as well as the Marriage Bond of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway.
City of Worcester Cathedral
Where Edward Winslow was educated. Book optional tours in the Cathedral and its library to view books and maps with detailed accounts of travellers from the early 1600’s.
View the Mayflower stained glass window at the Cathedral
St Peter's Church, Droitwich Spa
The church where Pilgrim Edwards Winslow was baptised
In 1595 Edward Winslow Sr was listed as an Under-Sheriff and based in Droitwich Spa when his son Edward Jr was born. Edward Winslow was baptised at St Peters Church and would have spent his younger years near the church. He would go on to become a senior figure in the Pilgrims' ranks.
At the age of 10 Edward Winslow would have finished his local education and other boys of his age would be looking to get work in various jobs, however Edward was championed for a scholarship by the Dean of Worcester Cathedral. This education is what afforded Edward the opportunities outside of running a salt mine like his father or selling cotton which was a main trade of Worcester at the time.
Black and White historic buildings
Discover history of Worcester with a visit to The Tudor House Museum, Greyfriars House and Gardens and The Commandery.
The Mayflower Departure - Dartmouth
Southampton - The Speedwell & Mayflower
Plymouth Mayflower Trail Highlights
The Pilgrim Villages - Scrooby, Babworth, Austerfield
Gainsborough Market Town
Visiting Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Gainsborough is a market town on the edge of the county of Lincolnshire, on the banks of the River Trent and adjacent to Nottinghamshire. Gainsborough Old Hall is the largest visitor attraction in the local area, giving visitors a chance to explore the rooms and learn more about its royal connections and role in the Separatists’ story, linked to The Mayflower
Gainsborough is surrounded by pretty English villages. Gainsborough is also home to the United Reformed Church's John Robinson Memorial Church, built in honour of the 'Pastor to the Pilgrims'.
Find out more about Gainsborough's significant heritage at the Gainsborough Heritage Centre, close to Marshall's Yard (open Tuesdays and weekends).
The region is home to significant aviation heritage, with connections to the American Eagle Squadron. RAF Scampton hosts the RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic display team, who can often be seen in the large Lincolnshire skies. The International Bomber Command Centre is also located in nearby Lincoln and serves as a point of recognition, remembrance and reconciliation relating to Bomber Command and the bombing war in Europe.
Gainsborough Heritage Centre
The Centre has an extensive archive of local history information, including a research service available as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions that promote Gainsborough's heritage.
Gainsborough's Mayflower programme
A series of high profile exhibitions will take place across the Roots region, including a new permanent installation in Gainsborough Old Hall and multiple shows across Doncaster’s Heritage Festival
Gainsborough Old Hall
Circumstantial evidence suggests that the Hickman's allowed the Separatist congregation of local preacher John Smyth to worship in secret in the Old Hall.
Some of the Separatists are thought to have worshipped clandestinely at Gainsborough Old Hall - now regarded as one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in Britain - with the permission of its sympathetic owner, merchant William Hickman.
William Hickman - A religious exile as a baby and the son of strong-minded free-thinking parents, William grew up valuing religious freedom. In 1596 the merchant class, to which William belonged, was rising buoyantly in England as trade in Europe and the newly developing colonies boomed.
Their preacher, John Smyth, was a strong influence on the Mayflower Pilgrims, and is generally considered to have later been a founder of the Baptist churches. Smyth had a large congregation of sixty or seventy people meeting secretly, thanks to the sympathies of William Hickman.
Gainsborough and the Mayflower story
The Gainsborough Separatists & John Smyth -John Smyth was a preacher in the city of Lincoln from 1600 to 1602 and then came to Gainsborough as a preacher.
It is thought that John Smyth enjoyed the freedom to preach in his own style at the Old Hall under the protection of the new lord of the manor William Hickman.
In 1606, the Gainsborough congregation split into two groups. One group now met nearer their homes across the River Trent under the care of a like-minded preacher Richard Clifton, the former rector of Babworth.
By 1606, Scrooby had Richard Clifton as Preacher, John Robinson as Teacher and William Brewster as Elder. The large congregation, including William Bradford, met secretly in Scrooby Manor House.
They continued to meet there during the spring and summer of 1607, but their activities were reported and in September Brewster lost his government job as master of the post. The congregation was then 'hunted and persecuted on every side'. At that, both the Scrooby and the Gainsborough Separatists decided to leave England and they began to sell their belongings.
Escape to Holland: The Gainsborough Congregation’s Escape
Unable to emigrate legally without permits and unable to obtain permits, John Smyth and at least forty of his Gainsborough followers slipped quietly away and disappeared in late 1607 or early 1608. They are next heard of in Amsterdam where they joined some 300 other English Separatists in exile.
Immingham, North East Lincolnshire
Harwich - the birthplace of the Mayflower
Explore using our interactive Mayflower and nautical map
We can facilitate with booking optional tours with other providers and provide some assistance with booking at the Caravanning and Camping Club. Unfortunately we are not able to book these on your behalf however we are more than happy to help with information where we can.