50+ Festival

50+ Festival – Event Summary

The York Older People’s Assembly in association with The Press,
and sponsored by
Later Life Hub, Harrowells and the Foresters Friendly Society




Advice & Displays

Chatty Benches

Health & Wellbeing

Talks & Walks


Sport & Active Leisure


Welcome to our 16th Annual 50+ Festival

25 September – 3 October 2021

Offering over 80 diverse events organised by local enthusiastic individuals and groups.

With a successful 16 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?

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BUSINESS PARTICIPATION – Lifecycle Ceremonies, Sport and Active Leisure,
Home Instead, Action for Elders, Minster Lions, OCAY, JRHT, Samaritans.


      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
wellbeing and end loneliness and isolation.

  For a summary of the 2021 Festival, read on…

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Age Friendly York Citizen Group – St. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street
Age UK York, open house – St Edmund House, Margaret Street

Can you ‘Play your Cards Right’? – St. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street

Dementia Awareness Session – Online

Finding out about Homeshare York
St. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street

Free Employability and Careers Advice Telephone Drop In – via phone

Interested in Volunteering with OCAY ( Older Citizens Advocacy York )
– The Priory Street Centre
JRHT Care Services. “We show we care”
– Online

Live Well YorkSt. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street

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

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Chatty Benches

Chatty benches – Acomb Front Street, Acomb Gateway Centre, Folk Hall New Earswick,
Glen Gardens Heworth, King George’s Field Fossway, Poppleton Green,
Rowntree Park, St. Lukes Burton Stone Lane, The Village Haxby

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Health &

At home with Qi Gong: movement to soothe and calm (4-week course) – Online
Guided House Tour and Meditation – Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington

Qi Gong for challenging times – York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road & Online

Resolving Pain Using The Mind Body Connection – Online

Talk on the Buddhist Way to Inner Peace plus Guided Med
itation –
Winter Wellbeing for the over 50s – The Raylor Centre, James Street

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Behind the scenes tours of York’s Art Deco theatre – Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road
Cuppa, Cake and Chatter’ & ’Light A Candle Café’ – St. Nicholas Church, Dunnington
Celebrating Life with Friends Open Week – St. Sampson’s Centre, Church Street
Eat:Pray:Love “- St Denys Church, Walmgate
KEEPSAKES with AWOC ( Ageing Without Children ) – Online
Minster Lions Club of York Open Day – Acomb Conservative Club
Red Tower Open Day – Red Tower (Bar Walls), Foss Islands Road
The Furious Five Quiz Night – Online
York City Knights Memories Club – LNER Community Stadium, Monks Cross
York Men’s Shed Open Day – Hull Road Park

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Sport & Active Leisure

A York Walk – Rowntree Park
Balanced Lives HOP: Healthy Older People – Online

Balanced Lives Tai Chi and Chat Relaxation – Online

Bowling Green Taster Sessions – West Bank Park, Holgate

Burnholme Sports Centre Open afternoon – Tang Hall

Fitness and Boxing session – Redeness St, Layerthorpe

Get Your Kit On, Recreational Football –
Burnholme Sports Centre, Tang Hall

GOTri Acomb Family Triathlon –
Energise Leisure Centre, Cornlands Road

Inclusive Fitness Open Afternoon – Energise Leisure Centre, Cornlands Road

Jorvik Folk Dance Club, traditional English Folk dance – St. Aiden’s Church, Acomb

Masters Hockey Session – Huntington School Astro Pitch

Nordic Walking – Rawcliffe Country Park & West Bank Park, Holgate 

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

Play tennis for free – Hull Road Park 

Tag Rugby Sports – New Earswick Sport Club

Walking Football
– Burnholme Sports Centre & Huntington Secondary School

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Talks & Walks

Bringing the Rowntree Post-War Leisure Surveys to Life – Online
Introduction to Spiritualism / Mediumship 7-9 Wilton Rise, Holgate

Walls and floods, a thousand years in york’s history (free walking tour)
– Tower Gardens 
“York in close up” & “York Minster in close up” – SPARK, Piccadilly and online

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Autumn Planting ( for carers ) – Online
Confidence Building for Women Returners Workshop – Online

Confidence To Be Your Authentic Self ( Women’s Workshop ) – Online

Eco-Crafters taster
St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Ave.
Family History Workshop ( for carers ) – Online

French Taster sessions – Online 

Fun With Google & Getting to Grips With Using Zoom & Social Media and
Using QR Codes, The Basics
Clifton Explore Library

Painting and Drawing – Online

Want to feel more confidence with your smartphone or tablet?
– New Earswick Folk Hall

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

Tel: 07856 908586

Email: yorkolderpeoplesassembly@outlook.com

Unit 24, SPARK:YORK, 17-21 Piccadilly


Working for older people in York. YOPA aims 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.