Mayflower 400 | An Historic Year of Celebration

Conor Fletcher

Four hundred years ago was a turning point in modern history, on September 16th 1620 the Mayflower set sail; alone, after months of upheaval delaying the journey. For the next sixty-six day, the vessel would sail solo across the Atlantic in search of opportunity, safety, and freedom. While the voyage wasn't one of discovery; it did in time prove to be one of the most important in the creation of North America. This year marks the celebration of the voyage and for history lovers and the intrigued alike is sure to be one of the highlights of the year. With Cornwall being intrinsically linked with its maritime past there's little reason should you be staying in our luxury self catering cottages to not take a trip to Plymouth and take part in this momentous occasion.

The voyagers, later known as pilgrims sought a new life in the Americas, escaping the religious persecution in England. Once they battled the ferocity of the ocean made land in New Hampshire, where they later founded the Plymouth Colony and soon forged relationships with the local Native American Wampnoag tribe who helped the pilgrims work the land to survive the harsh winters of the 1620's and later flourish in the region.

Plymouth will be celebrating Mayflower Week from the 14th to the 20th of September where you can see historical 15th Century tallship replica The Matthew, enjoy flybys and enjoy the Mayflower Ceremony which is joined by representatives from the UK, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag.

The celebrations are sure to be a highlight of the year for the South West, with the Tour of Britain starting just a week or so prior too, September is lining up to be a must-visit time on the calendar with so much opportunity across the county.

If you're interested in finding out more about what's on in St Ives or simply more information about booking a stay in our award-winning luxury self catering cottages then why not speak to one of the team and call the office on 01736 799175