As the closing event of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, Gainsborough's 'Illuminate' event marks the town's connections to Mayflower Pilgrim heritage close to the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving in America - one year on from the departure from England. Some of the leading Pilgrim Separatists came from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, before embarking on their journeys to the Netherlands and America. This year, communities in Gainsborough will 'Give Thanks' for what's important to them in their own special way, with handmade candle lanterns. There will be digital film projections at Gainsborough Old Hall, a fire garden, a Pilgrim Survival self-led arts trail around the historic town and specially commissioned choral concert of new work 'A Sure Refuge'.
Delivered by West Lindsey District Council with funding from Arts Council England. Activities are free and open to all.