Ageing Well Festival October 2021

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(Last Updated On: September 23, 2021)

For the second year in a row, the annual Ageing Well Torbay Festival is live streaming online and broadcast on the radio.

Timed to coincide with the World Health Organisations International Day of Older People, the @Home Festival will go out between 10 am and 2 pm on Friday, October 1st from the home page of www.ageingwelltorbay.com and on Riviera 107.9 FM.

Normally the Festival, now in its seventh year, takes place in large venues and the last physical one in 2019 attracted more than 2000 people to the Riviera Centre in Torquay, where it is hoped it will return next year on March 19th.

For the first time this year, the festival will also be streaming at venues across the Bay, hosted by AWT’s Community Builders and will feature a traditional mix of music, dance, talks, exercise, advice, hidden histories and much, much more.

We have music from the Torbay Rock Choir, Music from the Edge in Brixham and Jane Anderson, history talks from Kevin Dixon, exercise classes with Anne George and Lisa Kay. There’s also a bit of theatre with the South Devon Players and fascinating life stories from Frank Wye and Rodger Smith.

We have Lionel Digby talking about the heady days when massive acts such as The Who and David Bowie gigged at Torquay Town Hall and we meet the veteran cyclists who challenge each other twice a month at the Velopark in Paignton.

In addition, there is sound advice from the Devon and Cornwall police on how to avoid being scammed and lots of good pointers from the Torbay and South Devon NHS Healthy Lifestyles team. There is also footage from the Paignton Picture House restoration and the story of the artist who challenged himself to produce an artwork every day for a year.

Furthermore, you can find out what happened after Paignton pensioner, Tony Satchwell went on television to explain how difficult it was to be lonely during the COVID crisis as well as hearing from one woman who was unfortunate enough to be on an oil tanker when pirates boarded it.

The screenings are at The Edge in Brixham, at the All Saints Church Hall, Cary Avenue in Babbacombe, at the Torquay Museum, at the Together Church in St James Road, Torre, at Barton Baptist Church in Happaway Road and the Palace Theatre in Paignton.

For more detail, go to the ageingwelltorbay.com website for the full programme or call 01803 212638 to book your place at a screening.

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