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 13th Annual 50+ Festival
9 days
30 Sept - 8 Oct 2017

offering 142 diverse events
organised by local enthusiastic individuals and groups

With a successful 13 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 with the community.
What is a taster session today may well become a regular weekly hobby as people discover new interests and ways of keeping healthy in body and mind.

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...

Tuesday 12 Sept 2017 10am - 3pm

The Information Fair offers advice and information stands from groups and organisations working with people over 50
There are 4 venues this year, all have refreshments available ( Vending machine at West Offices):-
York Explore ( Central library ) CLICK FOR INFO - 12 Stands
West Offices CLICK FOR INFO - 8 stands
Spurriergate Centre CLICK FOR INFO - 5 stands
St. Sampson's Centre CLICK FOR INFO - 4 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. The programme can also be downloaded (Here)
Every community has something to offer and to enjoy - let's use the Festival to encourage participation, give people a sense of wellbeing and end loneliness and isolation.

For a summary of the 2017 Festival, read on...




    York 50+ Festival Show, Backstage Tour & Cream Tea at the Theatre Royal

    "Longing, Belonging and Balfour" - Central Methodist Church, St. Saviourgate

    Celebrating Older People - St. Edward's, Dringhouses

    Drama Workshop: Stage by Stage - Friargate Theatre, Friargate

    Enda Kenny - Black Swan

    Finding Your Feet - City Screen

    More food for thought - Priory Street

    Musical connections - community singing open session - Gale Farm Court, Acomb

    Sarah Jane Scouten - Black Swan

    Sing for joy - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    Singers and Musicians Night - Black Swan

    Tom McConville & Andy Watt - Black Swan

    We’ll Meet Again 1940’s Concert - St. Sampson's Centre


Health and Wellbeing

    Boost your Immune Health - Tullivers, Colliergate

    Herbal Health - Tullivers, Colliergate

    Inika Makeovers - Tullivers, Colliergate

    Introduction to Mindfulness Practice - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    Intuitive Massage - Hambleton Terrace

    Laughter Yoga – laugh for better health - The Knavesmire pub

    Let Go and Laugh - York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road.

    Pukka Tips on Health & Well being - Tullivers, Colliergate

    Resolving pain using the mind body connection - York Natural Health, Acomb,

    Seated Pilates - Briar House, Merchantgate

    Tai Chi - Poppleton Rd. Memorial Hall + Heworth Without Community Centre

    Touch for Health Stress Relief Workshop - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    Yoga class with Anna Semlyen - St. Clements Church




    An Introduction to Creative Writing workshop - Tang Hall Community Centre

    Art for Wellbeing - York Art Gallery

    Confidence Building for Women Returners Workshop - Priory Street

    Dead Good Cake ’n Chat. - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    French Reading club / Book club - Bootham

    French taster session for advanced level - Bootham

    French taster session for complete / post beginners - Bootham

    Humanist Celebrations - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    Ideal Living - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    Introduction to staying connected and reducing social isolation using digital technology
    - Foxwood Community Centre

    Keepsake Art Workshop - Lord Mayor's Walk

    Needle felting for beginners - Chill in the community, Acomb

    Playwriting Workshop: Rethink, Refresh, Rewrite! - Friargate Theatre, Friargate

    Real Memories ( York Women & Words ) - St. Sampson's Centre

    Soul Midwife - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )

    Supportive Sewers - pillows for Breast Cancer Patients Workshop - Viking Loom, Wigginton Road

    Winifred Taylor, Keepsake Art - Briar House, Merchantgate ( TBC )



Displays & Open Days

    Information Fair - 12 September, West Offices, York Explore,
    Spurriergate Centre & St. Sampson's Centre

    A Celebration of Palestinian Fair Trade - Gillygate

    Family History Drop-In Day - St. Oswald's, Fulford

    Family History Open days - Raylor Centre, James Street



Sport and Active Leisure

    Aqua fit - Yearsley Pool

    Bowls Taster Session - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Burnholme Badminton Club free taster session - Burnholme Community College

    Circle Dance for Fun and Fitness - St. Olave's Church Hall, Marygate Lane

    Dementia friendly swimming - Energise

    Healing dance - Acomb

    Holtby Health Walk - Holtby Church

    Karate - Tang Hall Community Centre + St Aidan's Church, Ridgeway
    + St Joseph's Church Hall, Burdyke Avenue

    Keep Fit - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Line Dancing - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Return to Tennis - Copmanthorpe

    Rowing Taster Session - Rowing Club, Ouse

    Sequence Dancing - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Swim for all - Yearsley Pool

    Table Tennis - Dunnington

    Tennis cardio games - Heworth Tennis Club

    Urban Skills Sessions ( cycling ) - various

    Vintage Dance Classes - Huntington WMC

    York Health Walks - various

    York Scottish Country Dance Club -
    English Martyrs Church Hall, Dalton Terrace

    York Sporting Heritage Celebration - Haxby Road

    Young at heart - Coffee + Cake morning ( Swimming ) - Yearsley Pool


Talks and History Walk

    “From flat screen TVs to Augmented Reality: How Yorkshire helped to build the high tech world of today” -
    Emeritus Professor John Goodby and Dr Stephen Cowling - Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum

    ‘Terry and Rowntree’: Meet the characters from York’s Sweet Past - Castle Museum

    "A Vet's Work" - Heworth Without Community Centre

    "A Year in the Life of a Parish Council Chair" - Heworth Without Community Centre

    "Display - A Delve into the Local Archives" - St Aelred's Community Centre, Fifth Avenue

    "Sleep: The Science and the Myths" - Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum

    AGEING WITHOUT CHILDREN - panel discussion - Novotel, Fishergate

    Bringing science into York's history - a promenade via the local to the global - King's Manor

    Café Scientifique: Dr George Tsoulas “Language and the representation of number(s)”
    - City Screen Basement

    Community energy for York - The Friend's Meeting House, Friargate

    On My Trolley ( York Women & Words ) - St. Sampson's Centre

    Playing the Edinburgh Fringe ( York Women & Words ) - St. Sampson's Centre

    The strange story of my lost family. Tracing my mother's parents
    - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Tibet - The Mystery of Shangri La - The Friend's Meeting House, Friargate

    Victorian Craftsmen' by John Shaw - St Aelred's Community Centre, Fifth Avenue

    York Almshouse walk - St. Sampson's Square

    York Evening Decorative & Fine Arts Society - Lecture
    - St Olave’s School, Queen Anne’s Rd

    York's Future Bus Strategy - West Offices




    Clothes Swap in aid of York Fair Trade Forum
    - St. Lawrence Church, Lawrence street

    Bulb planting with the Friends of Rowntree Park and YUMI - Rowntree Park

    Carer's Cafe - Spurriergate Centre

    Community day - St. Deny's Church, Walmgate

    Friends Of York Hospital @ St Crux - St. Crux church hall

    Games and coffee afternoon - Gale Farm Court, Acomb

    Helping Disabled Overseas, ‘Physionet’, (a Rotary Charity in Yorkshire)
    - Fairfield Manor Hotel, Shipton Road

    LGBT Coffee Morning - Marygate

    Music and games event - Barstow House, Acomb

    New Earswick Carers Hub - The Friend's Meeting House, New Earswick

    New Season Fair Trade Products - Gillygate

    Open Afternoon - tea and cakes - Glen Gardens, Heworth

    Open Coffee Morning - Bell Farm Social Hall

    Quiz with prizes - Marjorie Waite Court, Clifton

    The Island Mentoring Scheme - afternoon tea - Priory Street

    The Monday Club - Poppleton Road Memorial Hall

    Walk and Talk, Islam and Christianity in York : Good Neighbours
    - Bull Lane Mosque & St. Lawrence

    yourcafe - tackling food waste whilst promoting community spirit #payf
    - Tang Hall Community Centre




    Carers Legal Clinic - Crombie Wilkinson, Clifford Street

    Dementia Friends session - West Offices

    Information and Budgeting Café -
    Sanderson Court, Acomb + Tang Hall Community Centre

    OCAY - Tang Hall + Clifton libraries

    York Samaritans - Commemorating 50 years in York - The Crescent, Blossom Street



York Older People's Assembly, 49 North Moor Road, Huntington, York, YO2 9QN