Illuminate 2019

Saturday 16 November, 5 to 6pm

Meeting at the United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2JRGainsborough Illuminate 2018

This year’s illuminate parade in Gainsborough sees the start of the 2019 Pilgrims Festival and the opening of the 400th anniversary commemorative year of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Watch as the night sky becomes illuminated with lanterns created by the communities of Gainsborough inspired by the words of William Bradford – “as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many”.

Bradford, who was from this region, sailed on the Mayflower to America and went on to become Plymouth Colony’s Governor in America, serving the colony for more than 30 years.

Gainsborough’s Illuminate parade is the first of six parades and will start at the United Reformed Church, following a route through the town with a spectacular light projection onto Gainsborough Old Hall and finishing at Marshall’s Yard.

Visitors can also enjoy the town’s new Festive Feast which will be open before and after the parade showcasing a number of international and local producers.

Gainsborough’s Illuminate 2019 has been made possible with thanks to Arts Council England.

For more events taking place across the Pilgrim Roots Region read our Mayflower 400 2020 Programme!


This event is part of the Being Human festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.    

For more information about either events email [email protected].