Leading Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots region

United Reformed Church, Gainsborough

The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough stands as a memorial to John Robinson, famously known as the pastor to the Pilgrims and one of the founders of the Separatist movements.

He led the Pilgrims to the Dutch town of Leiden, helping them plan their pioneering voyage of the Mayflower. However he would never make the journey. He was instrumental in planning a second Pilgrim voyage but would tragically die before being able to live his dream.

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Local talent on show this month in Retford and Gainsborough

Imagination Museum

A series of celebratory dance performances, featuring local schoolchildren, singers and artists, directed by multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green.

Following a year of performances and workshops, two celebratory performances mark the culmination of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project working with PiIgrim Roots communities across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

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Record parade turnout sparks beginning of Mayflower commemorative year

Gainsborough Illuminate 2019

The town centre was a sight to behold as record numbers lit up the streets of Gainsborough with their colourfully decorated handmade lanterns on Saturday.

More than 300 people joined the mesmerising Illuminate Parade, the first of six parades taking place across the country.

Starting at the United Reformed Church, community groups, young people and families paraded through the town with an impressive array of lanterns, before watching a spectacular light projection show onto the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall.

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New Restaurant Venture Announced for Gainsborough


Plans for a stylish new restaurant and bar opening in Gainsborough were unveiled last week.

The Forge Restaurant and Bar, which will be situated at the ground floor of Gainsborough’s Travelodge Hotel is planned to open in time for Christmas. The couple behind the popular Cream Café at Marshall’s Yard as well as the former Root Café at the centre, Mette and Michael Robinson, are taking on this exciting new venture.

Artist Workshops come to Gainsborough

Macrame Weaving

Visitors will be able to enjoy a series of free workshops next month inspired by the Mayflower story which commemorates its 400th anniversary next year.

The ‘Spirit of the Mayflower’ project is led by Rachel Carter, an Artist Sculptor based on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border. Inspired by the Mayflower story, Rachel’s project explores storytelling, visual art and history through the textural language of sculpture. She recently travelled to America on a freight ship, creating a modern version of the Mayflower pilgrimage to encounter the woven history of the Wampanoag tribe who were the first to come in to contact with the Pilgrims after arriving in the ‘new world’.

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Explore fascinating heritage right on your doorstep during Heritage Open Days!

Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. From your local church to visitor attractions; it’s your chance to get out and discover history that’s right on your doorstep! You might even learn something new!

This year’s Heritage Open Days will take place from 13 to 22 September! Take a look at what’s happening in Gainsborough and West Lindsey:

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