People from across Torbay will be celebrating the fourth Ageing Well Torbay Festival next weekend (October 20th).
Last year more than 1700 people attended the festival at Lupton House, in Churston Ferrers, Brixham and more people are expected this year at Paignton Community and Sports Academy in Borough Road in Paignton on Saturday, October 20th between 10 am and 6 pm.
The Ageing Well Torbay organising committee has put together a smorgasbord of entertainment including, talks, sports, music, comedy, workshops and displays all pulled together under a 1970’s theme, the overall message is Live, Laugh, Love, Learn and in total there are nearly 80 hours of entertainment and activities spread across eighteen rooms involving more than 80 different timed activities.
‘It all starts at 9.45,’ they tell us, ‘ with a rousing drumming launch from a new group of Japanese style Taiko drummers from Torbay. It will be loud.’
For those who want to try something new there is Tai Chi or a ukelele lesson or dancing lessons at a 1970’s dance party, while Squircle, a community-based business Arts Team, will be leading a linocut printing and clay sculpture workshop.
Everything is targetted at people over the age of 50 including music from a 70’s rock band, Acoustic Sunshine, songs from Riviera Sound and music from Wren as well as entertainment from comic Ben Cornish and dance with belly dancing duo Jenny and Lyn. Sport and exercise are well featured both in the form of demonstrations and things to try from table tennis to pilates and from yoga to walking football and walking netball. There is a variety of food to choose from good old staples through vegetarian options to meaty sandwiches.
Among other local organisations, Healthwatch Torbay will be there, giving you achance to find out more aboput what they do and to hear about their Digital Project.
It is easy to by car or by bus but there is no parking on site and all blue badge disabled spaces need to be pre-booked by ringing 01803 212638.
For the majority, we will be running shuttle buses from South Devon College car park in Long Road, in Paignton. Alternatively, the site is well served by the number 22 bus from Paignton and Torquay or the Gold bus that runs from Torquay to Totnes.
For further details and a full programme of events please visit: www.ageingwelltorbay.com/awf18
Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY