The York Older People's Assembly

in association with The Press, and sponsored by Age UK York,
City of York Council and the Foresters Friendly Society




Welcome to our 15th Annual 50+ Festival
17 days
20 Sept - 6 Oct 2019

offering over 200 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 below, and if you think something is missing, why not organise an event next year?


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.

Wed 4 September Tang Hall Community Centre CLICK FOR INFO

Tue 10 September Spurriergate Centre, Spurriergate CLICK FOR INFO
& St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street CLICK FOR INFO

Fri 13 September 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 out for the brochures in early September at West Offices, Visit York, libraries, community centres, 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 2019 Festival, read on...



Advice & Displays

    Carers Pop-up Hub - Church Lane, Strensall
    Fair Trade Products - Fairer World shop, Gillygate
    Future planning - Ramsdens Burn & Co Solicitors, Millfield Lane
    IT Support and Careers Advice for unpaid carers - Explore Burnholme
    Mindfulness Skills for Caring and Coping -
    Quaker Meeting House, Lower Friargate


Health and Wellbeing

    'Functional Integration’ - York Pilates People, Clifford Street
    ‘Awareness through Movement’ - York Pilates People, Clifford Street
    & York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road

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

    Alexander Technique &
    Creative writing meets Alexander Technique &
    ‘Find your voice and Dare to Sing’ &
    ‘Healthy Backs for Gardening Delight’ &
    ‘Living Sound Indian Raga singing’ -
    all at York Alexander Technique Centre, York Cemetery Gatehouse

    Introduction to Qi Gong - York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road

    Menopause matters - The Raylor Centre, James Street

    Pilates - Derwenthorpe SSC, St Aelred’s Community Centre
    & St James the Deacon

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

    Tai Chi - St Oswald’s Church Hall, Fulford

    Tap into better relationships - York Natural Health Clinic, Acomb

    Touch for Health Balancathon - The Raylor Centre, James Street

    Wellbeing Drop-in - The Raylor Centre, James Street

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

    Zen Meditation - Miller’s Yard, Gillygate



    "“Eat:Pray:Love “- St Denys Church, Walmgate

    Acomb Parish Churches Craft and Coffee Morning -
    Acomb Parish Church Hall, Acomb

    Celebrating age - St Edward's Church, Tadcaster Road

    Coffee Morning & Community café with Boccia -
    Lidgett Methodist Church, Acomb

    Crafts & Health and Wellbeing -
    St. Luke’s Church Hall, Shipton Street

    Create & Connect Café & Create & Connect Festival -
    Millers Yard, Gillygate

    Heworth Retired Men's Forum -
    Heworth Without Community Centre, Applecroft Road

    Men's Shed Open Day - Hull Road Park

    OCAY Café and Fun day at St Crux -
    St Crux Parish Hall, Pavement

    Politics today: Discussion with Speaker -
    Jacob's Well, Trinity Lane

    Red Tower Open Day -
    Red Tower (Bar Walls), Foss Islands Road

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

    Singing for fun! - The Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green

    Sir Laugh-a-Lot and Lady Lot -
    Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby


Sport and Active Leisure

    50+ Hockey for all - Huntington School

    A Taste of Circle Dance - Huntington Memorial Hall

    Body balance - York Sport Village

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

    Guided bike ride - Millennium Bridge

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

    Jorvik Folk Dance Club & Saturday evening dance -
    Huntington Memorial Hall

    Legs, Bums & Tums - York Sport Village

    Mobility class - Poppleton Centre, Nether Poppleton

    Move It or Lose It exercise class - Strensall Village Hall,
    Dunnington Reading Room, Wilberfoss Community Centre,
    Huntington Methodist Church, Rawcliffe, Oaken Grove
    Community Centre & St Edward the Confessor Community Hall

    October Social Ride to Moorlands Nature Reserve - The Minster

    Open Badminton - York Sport Centre, Heslington

    Open Swimming - York Sport Village

    Over 50’s Aerobic Fitness class - Copmanthorpe, Lidgett Grove
    Methodist Church, Acomb & St Oswald’s Church Hall, Fulford

    Over 55’s Ballet class & Tap class - The Railway Institute

    Parkrun - York Knavesmire & York Sport Village, Heslington

    Play basketball for free -
    Hull Road Park and Glen Gardens, Heworth

    Play tennis for free - Hull Road Park and Rowntree Park

    Pure Stretch - York Sport Village

    Scottish country dancing -
    English Martyrs Church Hall, Dalton Terrace

    Short and Sociable Walks - Starting from Art Gallery,
    Museum Gardens, Foxwood Community Centre, Oaken Grove
    Community Centre Haxby, Tang Hall Community Centre

    Swim for 50 plus. - Better Energise Leisure Centre &
    Better Yearsley swimming pool

    Table Tennis - Dunnington Sports Club

    Tennis – try it for free, Fun Tennis & Tennis coaching -
    Heworth tennis club, East Parade

    Urban cycle skills - Individual chooses location in York to train from….

    Walking Football - Burnholme Community Hub,
    Huntington Secondary School, & Vale of York Academy Clifton

    Water Workout - Better Energise Leisure Centre &
    Better Yearsley Swimming Pool

    Zumba Gold - York Sport Village, Burnholme Sports Centre
    & Heworth Without Community Centre



    “York in close up” & “York Minster in close up” -
    Red Tower, Bar Walls

    Cultivating in the City: the growth of York’s allotment gardens -
    Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road

    Flower arranging demonstration - Christ Church, Stockton Lane

    Impressions of a Tibetan community in exile -
    Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Friargate

    The Tuke family in York - Christ Church, Stockton Lane

    York Family History Society: “Lydia Bridges - Wise woman or
    witch?” - New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club



    The Power of Art - Cut & Chase, Goodramgate

    (New) St Oswald's - A Victorian Church of Hidden Gems -
    St Oswald’s Church Hall, Fulford

    3-Generational (3G) Communities -
    Quaker Meeting House, Friargate

    Can Science and Religion Reconcile? A Baha’i View -
    Cut & Chase, Goodramgate

    Drop in and explore your family history -
    The Raylor Centre, James Street

    Eco-Crafters taster - St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Ave.

    Famous Uk People Past & Present Ageing Without Children -
    Bedern Hall, St Andrewgate & Quaker Meeting House, Friargate

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

    The music of the York accent -
    University of York Kings Manor Campus

    The York Accent: Speech Recordings -
    University of York main Heslington Campus and Kings Manor

    York Bridge Club Open Day -
    The York Bridge Club, Holgate Road





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