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Did you know?

More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew who sailed on the Mayflower for a new life in the New World.

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the ship setting sail and to celebrate we are creating a high-profile art trail of 40 book-shaped bench sculptures, which will showcase designs that represent the region’s links to this important historical event.

Earlier in the year we launched an exciting design competition for local schools, colleges and North Notts BID members to submit designs inspired by journeys, adventure, freedom and pioneering spirit. In addition, we also asked for designs that celebrate North Notts’ heritage, culture and environment: past, present and future.

We received plenty of brilliant designs and now the selected competition winners are in the process of painting their winning ideas onto their BookBench sculptures, which will be exhibited as part of the art trail in towns and other areas of North Notts.

'The Golden Peacock' by Sian Storey for Wild in Art's
Sitting with Jane art trail in Basingstoke 2017.

The Art Trail

The BookBenches will be displayed in high profile indoor and outdoor locations to form an art trail across North Nottinghamshire for local families, residents and visitors to enjoy.

There will be a trail map available to pick up from multiple locations and to download online. Once the trail has ended, the BookBenches will return to the competition winners.

The trail was originally due to take place throughout the summer. However, in light of the current impact of COVID-19 across the UK, we have decided to postpone the North Notts Journeys art trail until further notice. The full statement from North Notts BID is available here.

We look forward to bringing colour and conversation to North Nottinghamshire and will update when new dates are confirmed.

'Female Power' by Fatima Pantoja
for Wild in Art's Sitting
with Jane art trail in Basingstoke 2017.

Design your own BookBench at home!

Download the North Notts Journeys Activity Pack for at-home ideas and activities themed around Literature, Journeys, The Mayflower and North Notts.  

Start a family tree or create your own BookBench design using the sculpture template. Make sure you share your designs using #NorthNottsJourneys.


'Beyond the Birdcage' by Katy Stevens for Wild in Art's Sitting with Jane art trail in Basingstoke 2017.