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 11th Annual 50+ Festival

9 days

26 Sept - 4 Oct 2015

offering over 150 diverse events

organised by local enthusiastic individuals and groups

With a successful 10year 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 with 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 - Thursday 10 Sept 2015

The Information Fair offers 30 advice and display stands at the Guildhall!
10 am opening by the Lord Mayor of York; 3 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


4 stands


3 stands





Warmest thanks for this continued support!




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 2015 Festival, read on...





  • "Free to be Me" by York LGBT Forum
    at Priory Street Centre

  • "Outsiders"
    by Pilot Theatre
    at the University of York

  • "Tilling"
    by Six Lips Theatre
    at York St John University

  • "Mrs Tobit Tells All"
    by Blazing Grannies
    at St Paul's Church

  • "The Cleverest Thief" (Alzheimer's)
    by Smoke Tree Theatre
    at the Quaker Meeting House

  • Don Walls Evening of Poetry
    at the Unitarian Church

  • Thea Jacob & the Songsters
    at Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church

  • Singing Extravaganza at Poppleton Road Primary School

  • "What is it Like to be a Palestinian?"
    (Film & Poetry) at Clements Hall

  • Yorkshire FILM Archive Drop In
    at York Explore Library

  • Memory Bank Screening from the Yorkshire Film Archive at
    York Explore Library

Free to be Me
by York LGBT Forum

Film Archive c1920

Libby Wattis in
The Cleverest Thief


  • Free Health, Spine & Posture check at Live Well Chiropractic York

  • Free Postural and Car Posture checks at Chiropractic Plus in Haxby, Pocklington and Driffield

  • Reiki, a Medium, mindfulness, meditation, Metatronic Healing, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, and Australian Bush Flower healing at The Zentist

  • Alexander Technique at the York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare, and Gardening Delight at the Brunswick Organic Nurseries

  • Alexander Technique at West Moor Lane

  • Stress Management at Kyra Women's Centre

  • Changing Perpectives on Pain at York Natural Health

  • Touch Tuina Treatment Centre Open Day

  • Stretch, Breathe and Relax at the York Yoga Studio

  • Health & Wellbeing Event at Clifton Explore Library

Live Well Chiropractic

Aboriginal Bush Flower Healing
at The Zentist

Alexander Technique at the
Brunswick Organic Nurseries



  • YORK EXPLORE LIBRARIES are offering 24 events throughout their branch libraries including advice on photography, E-Bay, crafts, book group, family tree & Ancestry,
    NHS health choices website, social media, Cloud storage, Windows 10, Twitter, tablets & e-readers, e-libraries, and more!

  • Safe Mobility for All' & 'Cooperation' research workshops at York Explore

  • Advance Decisions, ADA,
    at York Explore

  • Ageing without Children http:/
    at York Explore Library

  • Patchwork Quilting
    at New Earswick Explore Library

  • Kyra Women's Centre is offering Singing, Poetry, Making Sense of Happiness, Art & Meditation, and Women's Wisdom Circle
    at the Central Methodist Church

  • Stillness, Faith & Action in 'Housing' and 'Sustainabililty'
    at Quaker Meeting House, Friargate

  • How to Play and Have Fun
    at the Acomb Quaker Meeting House

  • Thinking Ahead for Carers of adult children at City Mills

  • Glass Fusing Workshop with Naomi

  • RockChoir invitation to practices
    at Yearsley Grove Primary School
    and the York Railway Institute

  • Help Us Help You Help your
    Community with the Minster Lions
    at the Black Swan

  • Volunteer Lock Keeper introduction
    at the Castle Mills Lock

  • French Choir & French Taster Sessions with the Alliance Française

  • Rag Rugging with the Ebor Ruggers
    at the Dunnington Reading Rooms

  • Djembebash Drumming
    at the York Cemetery Chapel

  • Green Bites discussion over tea & cake with the Green Party at the Healing Clinic


Poppleton Road Primary School Choir


Ebor Ruggers
in Dunnington


Castle Mills Lock





  • York 50+ Information Fairs THURS 10 SEPT at the Guildhall, Spurriergate Centre,
    St Sampson's Centre
    & York Explore Library

  • New Fair Trade Products
    at Fairer World

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

  • 10% discount at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe with York 50+ Festival programme

50+ Information Fair
YOPA Tombola winners!

B I G Book Sale
Acomb Explore



  • YORK 50+ GAMES - 42 events under the Eng-AGE banner all over the city including gliding, fencing, climbing, walking football, boxing, kickboxing, cycling, swimming, indoor bowls, yoga, kung fu, tai chi, golf, tennis, table tennis, badminton, Nordic walking, walking, running, weighlifting!

  • Dementia Awareness sessions on offer to all sports clubs via Dementia Forward

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

  • Caring for York's Greenways
    - cycle ride to Naburn

  • Croquet at Acomb Explore Library

  • Scottish Country Dancing
    at the English Martyrs Church Hall

  • Circle Dance at St Olave's Church Hall

  • Tap Dancing
    at the Poppleton Road Memorial Hall

  • Tai Chi at Poppleton Road Memorial Hall & Heworth Without Community Centre

  • Tai Chi at the Burton Stone Community Centre

  • Health Walks from Dunnington & Acomb Explore

  • Cruises on the Ouse with the Inland Waterways Association

York Gliding Centre

New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club

Nordic Walking

Tap Dancing
Poppleton Road Memorial Hall



  • Grandfather goes to Tibet 1905
    at the Quaker Meeting House

  • An Afternoon on the Prairies
    (a remarkable woman pioneer)at York Explore Library

  • Walk & Talk - Islam in York
    starting at the Bull Lane Mosque

  • Uncut Cords (book launch)
    at Clements Hall

  • Support Young People
    with the International Service

  • Marzipan & Icing for your Christmas Cake at Tea on the Green, Acomb

  • Cream Tea, Tour & Musical Interlude
    at Wandesford House

  • Walking round the Curiosities of York - starting at York Explore Library

  • River Foss History Walk

  • History Beneath Our Feet - a walking tour starting at York Explore Library

  • Step Back in Time
    at All Saints North Street

  • The Power Within at the Zentist

  • Present to the Presence of God
    at St Bede's

  • He Restoreth My Soul
    at St Edward's Church

Wandesford House

Mosque Events

Tea on the Green



  • Eco-Crafters Club at York Environment Centre, St Nicholas Fields

  • Monday Club at Poppleton Road Memorial Hall

  • Quiz, Cake & Cuppa at Acomb Explore

  • Over 50s Coffee Morning
    at Strensall Explore

  • Carers Drop In at Tesco's Community Room

  • Your Space at the Kyra Women's Centre, Central Methodist Church

  • Knit & Natter at Clements Hall

Eco-Crafters at St Nick's

Knit & Natter
at Clements Hall



Over 150 events in the 2015 Festival Programme
and here it is - Enjoy!


Sue Lister - 01904 488870


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