The York Older People's Assembly

The York Older People's Assembly

in association with The Press, and sponsored by Age UK York,
Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors and the Foresters Friendly Society







Welcome to our 10th Annual 50+ Festival

9 days

27 Sept - 5 Oct 2014

offering over 130 diverse events

organised by local enthusiastic individuals and groups

With a successful 9 year track record the 50+ Festival is now firmly on the York calendar for citizens and visitors to enjoy. The 50+ Festival is a grassroots affair put on by people who want to share what they have to offer to the community. What is a taster session today may well become a regular weekly h0bby as people discover new interests and ways of keeping healthy in body and mind.

FULL OF LIFE, a government initiative, promotes a celebration of the International Day of Older People (1st October) all over the country. Our festival preceded them by about 3 years and we are delighted now to be able to join with other villages, towns and cities in national recognition of the vast resources inherent in Britain's older population. You can find out more at -

Browse through the opportunities listed below, and, if you think something is missing, why not organise an event for next year? The door is open...


The Guildhall - Wednesday 10 Sept 2014

The Information Fair offers 30 advice and display stands!
10 am opening by the Lord Mayor of York; 4 pm close

Groups & organisations working with people over 50 will have information and taster sessions at the Guildhall

plus refreshments and a YOPA tombola with prizes galore!

Owing to popular demand our 50+ information has overflowed to


6 stands


6 stands


2 stands









We welcome your participation. Watch for the full programme in early September at your libraries and community centres, theatres and cinemas and many other outlets across the city including the Friends Meeting House in Friargate. The programme will also be available on this website -
see link below.

Every community has something to offer and to enjoy - let's use the Festival to encourage participation and end loneliness and isolation.

For a summary of the 2014 Festival, read on...





  • York 50+ Festival Show at the York Theatre Royal + historical talk and cream tea

  • The Perfect Murder at the Grand Opera House

  • Dementia & Me by the Real People Theatre
    at Clement's Hall

  • Musical Entertainment at Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church

  • Youthful Tunes at Abbeyfield House

  • Singing Extravaganza at Poppleton Road Primary School

  • OMAR: film from Palestine at Clements Hall

  • WINGS: WW1 film at City Screen

  • Read my Book, not my Cover
    Next Door But 1 at York St John University

Dementia & Me

Poppy Road Primary



  • Health, Spine & Posture check
    at Live Well Chiropractic

  • Car Posture, Sit Smart and Stand Tall check at Chiropractic Plus in Haxby & Pocklington

  • Exploring Healing at York Natural Health

  • Family Pamper Sessions at The Healing Clinic

  • Love Your Body, Boogie Your Belly
    at the Friends Meeting House

  • Food & Cooking at the Mansion House

  • Relaxation & Stress Management + Meditation at The Zentist

  • TuiNa & Reflexology
    at the Touch Tui Na Treatment Centre

  • Tap Away Tension at York Natural Health

  • Yogatone at the United Reformed Church

  • Personal Coaching at York St John University

  • Natural Laughter Skills
    at the Friends Meeting House

  • Better Health through your Feet
    at Clifton Explore Library

  • NHS Vale of York CCG Drop In at West Offices

  • Let Go and Laugh! at York Yoga Studio

  • Every BODY Counts at York Yoga Studio

Bellydance Teacher


Pamper Sessions




  • Art & Meditation at Clements Hall

  • Your Own CD Recording
    with Story Studios

  • Overseas Volunteering for 50+
    with the International Service

  • Try Before You Buy (iPads, e-readers etc) at Acomb Explore & Clifton Explore Libraries

  • Introduction to the e-book library and the overdrive app
    at Haxby Explore

  • Twitter for the Over 50s
    at Clifton Explore

  • Skype for the Over 50s
    at Tang Hall Explore

  • Eco-Crafters
    at St Nick's Environment Centre

  • French Choir & French Taster Sessions with the Alliance Française

  • Make a Cobweb Felt Scarf
    at the Memorial Hall in Acaster Malbis

  • What it means to be a Quaker today at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate

  • Create your own Prayer Flags
    at the Friends Meeting House

  • Funeral Information & Planning
    at the Friends Meeting House

  • Come and Have a Go at Rag Rugging at the Dunnington Reading Rooms


International Service

French Choir

Ebor Ruggers



  • York 50+ Information Fairs WED 10 SEPT at the Guildhall, Spurriergate Centre, All Saints Pavement & St Sampson's Centre

  • Nova Art Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church

  • New Fair Trade Products at Fairer World

  • Over 50s Big Book Sale & Clothes Swap
    at Acomb Explore

  • Around the World in 80 Minutes
    at The Old Palace

  • St Leonard's Hospice Open Day

White Fox & Red Dragon suprise visitors!



  • YORK 50+ GAMES - 31 events under the Eng-AGE banner all over the city including sailing, cycling via a river trip, indoor & carpet bowls, boccia & new age kurling, tap & sequence dancing, tennis, table tennis, badminton, walking, running, tomiki aikido, and kendo!

  • Plus Sporting Reminiscences in Acomb; and Dementia Awareness sessions on offer to all sports clubs via CYC Sport & Active Leisure

  • Free Adult Swimming Classes at the Yearsley Pool & Energise and free swimming sessions at Yearsley

  • Tai Chi at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church; Poppleton Road Memorial Hall;
    Heworth Without Community Centre

  • Qi Gong at the York Yoga Studio
  • Health Walk from Dunnington

  • 50+ Circuits at the Burton Stone Lane C. Centre

  • Table Tennis at the Dunnington Sports Club

  • Cruises on the Ouse with the Inland Waterways Association



Table Tennis - Dunnington Sports Club



  • History Walk along the Foss

  • Edible York at Mercure Fairfield Manor Hotel

  • Welcome to Your New Home?
    at the Friends Meeting House

  • Slate Gowns and Hoods at St Bede's

  • Sea Fever at St Olvave's Church Hall

  • Choosing Religious Leadership
    at Priory Street Centre

  • Love the Soldier, Hate the War
    at the Friends Meeting House

  • Fires & Fire Brigades - a walking tour

  • The NHS - A National Health
    at the Sea Horse Hotel

Slate Gowns & Hoods - story of the Mary Ward Sisters

History Walk



  • Dance the Night Away at the Tramways Club

  • Cake and Cuppa
    at the Rowntree Reading Café

  • Through the Decades Quiz at Acomb Explore

  • Coffee Morning at New Earswick Library

  • Vintage Quiz and Refreshments
    at Strensall Explore

  • Connecting Carers
    at the New Earswick Folk Hall

  • Carers' Cafe at the Spurriergate Centre

  • Food, Fun & Good Company at Clements Hall

  • Knit & Natter
    at Clements Hall

  • Tramways Line Dancing Social

  • Songs of Praise at St Edward the Confessor

Carers' Café

Tramways Social Line Dance



Over 130 events in the 2014 Festival Programme

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Sue Lister - 01904 488870


The Garth, White Rose Avenue, New Earswick, YO32 4TZ