Sex blogger in her eighties to open Ageing Well Festival – #ageproud Grandma Joyce Williams to visit Torbay

Ageing Well Torbay is planning its biggest and best festival yet at the Riviera Centre in Torquay.

Saturday 19th October sees the annual celebration of ageing in the Bay with a  bumper programme of events, talks, demonstrations, music, dance and sports.

Planned and organised by a group of over 50-year-olds for over 50-year-olds, the committee is confident that this, the fifth annual festival, which runs from 10am to 5pm, will be their best yet.

In the huge main exhibition hall, there is plenty to get your teeth into including numerous organisations manning stalls as well as a community safety section, and an advice corner.

The Festival is due to be opened by Grandma Joyce Williams who found fame not just as an eighty plus-year-old sex blogger but as the woman who took This Morning presenter Philip Schofield to task for being unwittingly ageist. Joyce’s blog can be found at

Joyce, now 83,  will also be giving a talk during the Festival on her campaign #ageproud which has gone national in recent weeks with council leaders from all over the country including councillor Steve Darling signing up to fight ageing.

Former club circuit comedian Vic Baulton will also be compering some of the best talent the Bay has to offer – there will be some familiar faces, but lots of new ones as well.

Emerging talent from Brixham, Paignton and Torquay will be performing music, poetry and more – all loosely themed under the  Ageing Well’s Got Talent banner

There are also plenty of things to try in the arts and crafts workshops – create your own masterpiece – be it a dreamcatcher, a crocheted piece, or some weaving and take it home.

There will be talks throughout the day – ten in total covering everything from keeping yourself safe from online scams to a revealing delve into the cinema archives which reveals Torbay’s place on the big screen.

New to the Festival is the fashion, pampering and wellbeing section with a fashion catwalk featuring clothing from Sainsbury’s Tu clothing line. There are also a variety of taster sessions and demonstrations involving hair, makeup and massage

As always there is the chance to try a variety of sports and exercises including belly dancing, pilates, walking football, table tennis and badminton.

There will be lots of music is from the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties and the overall theme is Love, Live, Laugh, Learn.

Further details available from, 01803 212638, or on the festival webpage: