The York Older People’s Assembly

in association with The Press, and sponsored by SPARK, Age UK York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Harrowells and Foresters Friendly Society



The programme can be downloaded Here

Welcome to our 18th Annual 50+ Festival
23 September – 8 October 2023

Offering over 120 diverse events organised by local enthusiastic individuals and groups.

With a successful 17 year track record, the 50+ Festival is now firmly on the York calendar for citizens and visitors to enjoy.

The 50+ Festival is a grass-roots 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?



Better, Care Rooms, CYC Health Trainers, Later Life, Live well York, Nimbuscare, OCAY, Samaritans, St Sampson’s Centre, Scottish Country Dancing, Sport and Active Leisure, TRTrehab, York Learning, York Energy Advice, York Neighbours,

We welcome your participation. Watch out for the brochures in early September at 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 enjoy – let’s use the Festival to encourage participation, give people a sense of well-being and end loneliness and isolation.

For a summary of the 2023 Festival, read on…


Age UK York services – Burton Stone Lane, St. Sampsons Centre, Tang Hall

Choice at the End of Life, Dignity in dying – New Earswick

Don’t Leave Me Alone – Online

Information Fair – St Sampsons Centre

Information Fair with MySight York and Healthwatch – Merchantgate

Live Independently for Longer in Your Own Home – Dalton Terrace

Pension Credit Bus – Monkton Road

SCAM & Fraud Awareness Session – Clifton Moor

Talk to a trusted solicitor about making your Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney – Clifford Street

Thinking Outside the Box – Friargate

Volunteering Information Day, OCAY and AGE UK York – Priory Street

York Open Eco Homes – various locations

YorSensory Introduction at Wilberforce House – Dringhouses


Age UK Keep Your Pet Dog Cafe – Clifton

Age UK York Westfield Wednesday drop in – Acomb

Bingo – St Sampsons Centre

Cuppa & a chorus – Walmgate

Deal or No Deal – St Sampsons Centre

Eat…Pray….Love: community open day – St. Denys, Walmgate

Grandparents and Kinship Carers Tea Party with Arts and Crafts for Children – Clifton & Hob Moor

Guided Tours of the Joseph Rowntree Theatre – Haxby Road

Heworth Ladies Choir – Heworth

Outdoor craft and campfire cooking with Social Connections – Homestead Park, Clifton

Red Tower Open Days – Foss Islands Road

Sporting Memories – Monks Cross & Wigginton

Rolls Ups Rock and Roll Band – St. Sampsons


Aqua aerobics & underwater hockey – Yearsley Swimming Pool

Badminton – Burnholme

Ballet Class – Huntington

Circle Dance – Marygate Lane

Clip ‘n’ Climb Taster Session – York Leisure Centre

Croquet Taster Session – Scarcroft

Cycling – central York, Heslington & various locations

Flat Green Bowling – Heworth

Gym session – Burnholme, Energise & Heslington

Indoor Bowls Taster Session – New Earswick

Jorvik Folk Dance Club – Acomb

Leisure Centre Facility Tour – Burnholme Sports Centre, Energise, Yearsley Swimming Pool & York Leisure Centre

Line dancing – Woodthorpe & St. Sampsons Centre

Orienteering – Rowntree Park

Petanque – Wigginton

Pickleball – Copmanthorpe

Racketball – Clifton

Rugby – Bustardthorpe

Scottish Country Dancing – Dalton Terrace

Swimming – Energise, Heslington, Yearsley Swimming Pool & York Leisure Centre

Table tennis – Burnholme & Dunnington

Tennis – Shipton Road

Walking Football – Burnholme & Huntington School

Walking Netball – Acomb & Burnholme

Walking Touch Rugby – Clifton


The story of the scoria brick: the history of our alleyways – Clementhorpe

“York in close up” & “York Minster in close up – the exterior” talks – SPARK


Fishergate Foraging Walk with Social Connections

OCAY York Scavenger Hunt – City centre

Wellbeing Walks – Acomb, City Centre & Fishergate

York Health Walks – various locations

York Samaritans Ramble – York Station


How to become your Authentic Self Workshop & How to Self-Market for Employability Workshop (women’s workshops) – Online

Ecocrafters at St Nicks – Drop In Event

Sewn With Love – Holgate

York Older People's Assembly
York Older People's Assembly

Tel: 07965 246193


York Older People’s Assembly

St Sampson’s Centre, Church Street


Working for older people in York, we aim to:

  1. represent the views of older people in York to decision makers locally and nationally.
  2. Inform older people about services that are available.
  3. Identify where needs are not being met.