All Aboard The Mayflower!

Set sail with the GRAND THEATRE OF LEMMINGs, EXPLORE THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER JONES AND discover the epic journey of THE MAYFLOWER!


What Is The Mayflower Project?


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower's epic journey to the new world, The Grand Theatre of Lemmings have created a project bringing together comedy and song to tell the tale of Christopher Jones, a local hero, and how he took the Pilgrim Fathers to America in a tiny over-crowded sailing ship.


The project combines a series of films with accompanying lesson plans, specially designed for junior school children.


What's In Your pack?


You will have received your living history pack. In it you will find a range of resources to use with your Lower Key Stage 2 children:


A USB stick containing all three films

A series of worksheets

A hardback copy of The Mayflower

35 pieces of rope to practise tying knots

Mayflower stickers


You can also watch the films below and download the accompanying worksheets.



Watch The Films


 Film 1: Christopher Jones And The Journey Of The Mayflower

Watch along with The Lemmings as they learn all about The Mayflower and Captain Christopher Jones, preparing to film a grand award winning scene of the captain's epic voyage!


Download The Worksheets


Colour In The Mayflower

Copy the Mayflower's colours or make a brand new design for it's historic voyage.


what would you pack?

One bag. No electricity. What would you take with you?


 Film 2: Any Old Rope!

From ship's rigging to skipping ropes, follow The Lemmings in their rope making mishaps with bananas, stinging nettles and more!


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to knot or not to knot?

Learn all about knots, their uses and how to tie a reef knot.


what's the secret glue that holds rope together?

Find out about friction and what knots are made of.


 Film 3: The Mayflower Song!

The Lemmings set their sights on stardom as they attempt to create a fun way to remember facts about our local connection to The Mayflower's epic journey!


Download The Worksheets


THE MAYFLOWER FUN FACTS GAME

Build this interactive game and discover amazing facts about The Mayflower.


THE MAYFLOWER QUIZ!

Learn if you would have enjoyed life on board The Mayflower.


wOULD YOU HAVE ENJOYED SAILING ON THE MAYFLOWER? (WORDSEARCH FOR QUIZ)

Search for fun facts about The Mayflower to complete the quiz.


"The Mayflower Project is very engaging for children and the Lemmings are a joy to work with. My class loved immersing themselves and imagining that they were on board. As a school that believes in the power of creative teaching and learning, I can honestly say that The Mayflower Project truly stands out and has been one of our favourites."


Vanessa Lindsay

Senior Teacher | Wix & Wrabness Primary School


How The Project Started


In 2018 The Grand Theatre of Lemmings received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to tour to all 40 Primary Schools in their local District, with a fully interactive performance telling the story of local hero Christopher Jones - Master of The Mayflower and the local connection to the journey of the ship to the New World in 1620.

In 2019 we piloted the tour in 10 schools and received hugely positive feedback. 

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we were unable to take our show on the road in 2020. So in order to be able to keep our performers and freelancers working, and to carry on with our mission to deliver the project to our Tendring Schools, we decided to go digital and deliver them to you as films and a living history resource pack.



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meet the team


The Grand Theatre of Lemmings began as a touring theatre company in 1984, creating vibrant theatre shows with inventive themes, engaging stories and great comic skill. Their work opened up to embrace 'street theatre' and they quickly became pioneers of that new genre. Today their work embraces heritage, education and community projects in their home region of North Essex.

Mandy Medlicott


Dave Danzig


Cassie Catchpole


Patrick Toms



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