Culture & Arts

Great Torrington Cavaliers - Bonfire 2021 – Mayflower 400

This event was originally planned for 2020 but has been postponed until Bank Holiday Saturday 28th August 2021. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date. About the Mayflower 400 Bonfire - Great Torrington Cavaliers (

Our big bonfire events are truly spectacular and world renown. The construction of the themed centre piece takes in excess of 2 years to build and the attention to detail is amazing, but we would say that!

On the night itself there will be music, fun and information about our history etc.. on the very big screen progressing the build up as the light disappears.

The spectacular starts with a massive Pyromusical fireworks display, themed to music, and fired from the ship this is an event in its own right! Then when we have cleared the cabling for the fireworks we will begin the the lighting ceremony, followed by the finale display which will be high in the sky!!! AN EVENT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!!!


What's involved?

Assist with stewarding  onsite.

This is a Major charity fundraising event which achieves international acclaim and is commemorating the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620. We have nearly completed the build (3 years) of a FULL size replica of the Mayflower in port with a quay and building to rear. This will be spectacularly burnt after entertainment and a Pyromusical – see 

General stewarding, which maybe on the gates, crowd control and assistance and access control to restricted parts of the site. You will be working as a team working with SIA guards, us and other organisations helping us too.

We will be trying our best to ensure that all volunteer stewards will be able to see the Pyromusical, fire and finale display.

1 day – Saturday 28th August 2021 in Great Torrington, North Devon. Event briefing at 1500, close at 2230 to 2300

Travel to site: we will be looking at hiring a bus to get you to and from the event. Finalisation TBC

Why get involved?

There will be free refreshments available to you from our hospitality tent in the care home opposite.

There will be a briefing at 3pm before the gates go up and the road closes at 4pm. There will be time for you to leave site and walk into town.

A chance to see one of and be part of the most spectacular event of its kind  in the country or indeed the world commemorating an international event. The event is open air so a healthy volunteering activity attended by lots of people. ALL the monies we raise are given away to charity – 4 will receive 10% The Devon Air Ambulance, North Devon Hospice, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Great Torrington Commons Conservators, the remaining 60% will be shared out to those who respond to an invite to apply for a share of the funds



How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to the Mayflower Maker community
  2. For this challenge you are required to have attended a Mayflower Maker induction session 
  3. Accept the challenge
  4. Follow the instructions in your acceptance e-mail. 

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