Illuminate Gainsborough 2021

Join in Illuminate Gainsborough 2021, the town’s final spectacular Mayflower 400 event this November.

Gainsborough’s 400th anniversary commemorations will come to a close on Saturday 13 November marking the town’s connections to Pilgrims’ heritage.

Enjoy digital projections on the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall, artwork from local schools or try the self-led Pilgrim Survival arts trail. In addition you will be able to walk through the fire garden and listen to the first performance of a newly commissioned piece of choral work.

Please be aware there will be no organised parade this year. Further event details will be released soon.

Illuminate Gainsborough online

Building on the success of last year’s online event, Illuminate Gainsborough online will take place on Thursday 25 November marking the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving.

To join in, share photos of your lanterns and candles on social media at home using #OneSmallCandle. What will you give thanks for?

How to take part
  • Make your own candle or lantern at home using our toolkit – Make Your Own Candle Toolkit. You can also watch our step by step video below.
  • Specially designed paper candle making kits are available for groups and schools for free. Email [email protected] to find out more. You can also pick up a kit from the following locations:

Gainsborough Old Hall (from Friday 8 October). Check their opening times.

Connexions Community Hub (collection date TBC). Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2.30pm and Wednesdays from10.30am to 3pm.

  • Bring your candle or lantern along with you to see the Illuminate activities on 13 November and/or share a photo of it online on 25 November using the hashtag #OneSmallCandle on social media.

The Mayflower’s historic voyage began in Plymouth in 1620. Many leading Separatists on the ship came from the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire region, who later became known as the Pilgrims.

Illuminate Gainsborough is part of the £100,000 Arts Council England-funded Mayflower 400 cultural programme.

For more information on the Mayflower story and Illuminate visit our Pilgrim Roots page. For regular updates follow Discover Gainsborough on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.