Plymouth will 'bounce back' in 2021 with fresh plans for Mayflower 400 celebrations, say organisers

The city will 'bounce back' after the pandemic, say organisers of the Mayflower 400 celebrations. Credit: PA images

Plymouth will 'bounce back' in 2021 with a fresh set of plans to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, according to organisers.

Major events that were planned to start marking the occasion this year were cancelled at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

As well as events specific to the Mayflower 400 commemoration, the British Firework Championships and the Ocean City Blues 'n' Jazz Festival were also called off.

Organisers of the celebrations have now announced "fresh plans" for a host of events in 2021 to make up for the losses this year.

The main events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers setting off for the New World will now take place in 2021.

These include:

  • Mayflower Four Nations Ceremony

  • Mayflower Military Muster

  • Rehabilitation Triathlon by the Royal Marines

A virtual event will take place online on the day of the official 400th anniversary - 16 September 2020.

This will kick off a year of re-scheduled celebrations. Many will be held with additional social distancing measures in place.