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 14th Annual 50+ Festival
17 days
21 Sept - 7 Oct 2018

offering over 90 diverse events
organised by local enthusiastic individuals and groups

With a successful 14 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...


The Information Fair offers advice and information stands from groups and organisations working with people over 50

Wed 5 September 9.30am – 12.30pm Tang Hall Community Centre CLICK FOR INFO

Tue 11 September 10am – 3pm Spurriergate Centre, Spurriergate CLICK FOR INFO
& St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street CLICK FOR INFO

Fri 14 September 10am – 1pm The Gateway Centre, Acomb CLICK FOR INFO
Advice…..information…..refreshments……friendly people! ALL WELCOME


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 2018 Festival, read on...




    “York in close up “ - York Explore Library, Museum Street

    Myths and Fairytales for Old and Young - English Martyrs’ Hall, Dalton Terrace

    NO KIDDING? - Priory Street Centre

    What next for heroes ? - St. Paul's Church, Holgate Road

Advice & Displays

    Carers Pop-up Hub - Church Lane, Strensall

    Community Coffee Morning with Fair Trade Stall - St Lawrence Community Hall

    Dead Good Cake & Chat / Keepsake Art / Home Organiser - The Folk Hall, New Earswick

    Fair Trade Products Christmas Preview – Gillygate

    OCAY Fund Raising Stall - York Hospital Foyer, Wigginton Road

    New season Fair Trade food and crafts - St Helen’s Church

    OCAY Information and Support Drop In - St Helen’s Church,

    Clifton Library & The Centre@Burnholme, Mossdale Avenue


Health and Wellbeing

    50+ Tai Chi - St. Oswald's Church Hall, Fulford

    Balanced Lives - Foxwood Community Centre & St. Luke's Church Hall, Burton Stone Lane

    Everyday Mindfulness, an introduction - Quaker Meeting House, Friargate

    Healing dance - York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road

    Digestive Health / Health & Wellbeing with Ayurvedic Herbs - PLUS tea tastings! / Health + Wellbeing with Viridian /
    Inika Makeovers - Tullivers, Colliergate

    Introduction to Qi Gong - York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road

    Laughter Yoga Fun - Knavesmire Pub, Albemarle Road

    Mental wellbeing with Calm Works - Calm Works, Oxford St., Holgate

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

    Regain Your Natural Vitality – Merchantgate

    Women's Health “Replenish and Refresh” Workshop - York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road

    Touch for Health Balancathon - Briar House Resources, Merchantgate

    Yoga in York with Anna Semlyen BWY Dip - St Clement’s Church Vestry, Nunthorpe Road




    Introduction to Creative Writing / Introduction to writing simple forms of poetry - Foxwood Community Centre

    Bridge Club Open Day / Learn to play Bridge in a day - The York Bridge Club, Holgate Road

    Confidence Building for Women Returners Workshop - York CVS, Priory Street

    Research Your Family History - Family History Research Room, James Street

    French Reading club / Book club, French taster session for Complete/Post beginners, Improvers,
    Intermediate, Advanced level - Bootham

    WISHING AHEAD, What would you wish for 2050? - St Sampson’s Centre





Sport and Active Leisure

    English Folk dance - St. Aiden's Church, Acomb

    Free fishing / Try fishing - York Railway Pond, Nelson Lane

    Indoor Bowls Taster Session - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Keep Fit, Line Dancing, Sequence Dancing & Musical Movements - New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

    Rowing Taster Session - York City Rowing Club, West Esplanade

    Saturday evening dance - Huntington Memorial Hall

    Scottish country dancing - English Martyrs Church Hall, Dalton Terrace

    Short and sociable - starter walks in and around town 2018 - starting from Museum Gardens, Art Gallery,
    Tang Hall Community Centre, Foxwood Community Centre, Oaken Grove Community Centre Haxby

    Table Tennis - Dunnington Sports Club

    Welcome to Circle Dance - St Olave’s Hall, Marygate Lane





    "Eat-Pray-Love...." - St Denys Church, Walmgate

    “Friendship group with a musical twist” - Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby

    Celebrating age in other cultures - St Edward's Church, Tadcaster Road

    Community Coffee Morning with Fair Trade Stall - St Lawrence Community Hall, Lawrence Street

    Local Lunch at Derwenthorpe - The Super Sustainable Centre, Derwenthorpe

    Schooldays Songs of Praise - St. Aiden's Church, Ridgeway, Acomb

    Vocal Flourish Community Choir - Lidgett Methodist Church, Acomb & Burnholme Social Club





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