Starting this week York's 50+ Festival, now in its fourteenth year, has a host of wonderful activities to join. The festival programme is available in your local library and community centres, look out for the red cover. The programme is also online.

Events begin on the 21st September and continue until Sunday 7th October. You could celebrate the International Day of Older People on Monday 1st October with a session at the Family History Research Room at the Raylor Centre, knowledgeable volunteers are on hand every week day of the festival from Monday 24th September. Full details in the festival programme.

Many of the vast range of events and activities are free, others offer great value for modest fees. Highlights this year include all sorts of physical events, and we all know how important it is to keep active as we get older, from walking events and yoga (with or without laughter) to Tai Chi & Qi Gong, dance of all kinds English, Scottish, in lines or round and round (i.e. circle dancing).

For those who find daily pain a challenge there are special events for you and a series of good health themed events across the city.

Are you lonely or know someone who could do with a good excuse to get out and meet people? There are events for ‘Halves’, those who find themselves without their life partner, and NO KIDDING on Saturday 6th October at the Priory Street Centre, at 2pm is a performance event looking at the challenges of ageing without children or relatives nearby.

How about celebrating age in other cultures with a special service at St Edward's Church? Singing is joyful, and whatever your teacher said once, you can do it, and we want to hear you! Vocal Flourish Community Choir have sessions across the city and in Acomb there is a special Schooldays Songs of Praise event.

The Festival offers a great opportunity to get ahead with some Fair Trade shopping with special previews of new items which benefit makers and buyers alike. Advice is also on hand with drop in sessions to find out more about the Older Citizens Advocacy services available in York.

This is your opportunity to try something new, from mindful meditation & confidence building to rowing, bridge, creative writing, fishing and French.


For more info please contact:
Catherine Sotheran, email: