Day 1

Ageing Well Festival International older people's day
International Older People’s Day

Thursday 1st Oct is International Older People’s day and the official launch of Ageing Well Torbay, a 6 year, Big Lottery funded project to reduce social isolation amongst people over the age of 50.  Ageing Well aims to reconnect communities across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, so everyone can feel included and valued.

“Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However discrimination and social exclusion persist.  We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

About International Older People’s Day:

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. The main aim of the day is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy and to challenge negative attitudes.

Find out more here

Ageing well festival, big skills share
The Big Skills Share, Ageing Well Festival Torbay









Events (lots of them free) will be happening across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. So whatever your age, we know they’ll be something here for you to enjoy!

Are you holding an event? Advertise it! Download our free event poster here:

Ageing Well poster

Events – Thursday 1st October 

Torquay Skillshare Event

Union Square, Torquay 10am-4pm

Come and meet the team! Torquay Community Builders, Usha Garrattley, Sean McTiernan, Kim Thornton and Theo Tanser, as well as Julie Reshad who runs the Chelston Timebank will all be onsite during the day. Free activities and the chance to find out more about Timebanking!

Free Event

volunteer gardener feijoa project The walled art garden gardening with the Feijoa Project

Gardening with the Feijoa Project – Volunteer taster days

Venue: The Walled Art Garden, Cockington Court, Torquay

Thursday 1st October and every Thursday in October

10am – 3pm (all day or half day to suit you)

If you love gardening and helping other people, then come along to a volunteer taster day any Thursday throughout October. The Feijoa project supports people with learning disabilities to garden and we are looking for volunteers to help our disabled gardeners with their gardening. Come along to the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Art Garden, meet Karen the gardener, improve your well being and meet others passionate about gardening too.

Free Event

Booking: Essential, please call or text Kate on : 07976 712849 or email to book a volunteer place.


Wild for Life Walks 

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

Venue Occombe Farm time 10.30-12.30

Join naturalist Chris Proctor for a walk around Occombe Farm’s reserve. We’ll explore the wealth of autumn wildlife including birds, butterflies and other insects, plants, fungi and if we are very lucky a glimpse of one of the reserve’s resident roe deer. Bring binoculars if you have them, this event may inspire you to help TCCT monitor the Bay’s wildlife through volunteering your time and sharing your wildlife sightings with the Trust.

Meet: Occombe Farm

Cost: Free

Booking: Essential 01803 520022

Free event


Pop Up Cafe

Sanctuary Housing Offices, Foxhole Shops (Paignton), 11am-3pm

Find out more about the Timebank and enjoy some tasty cake too

Free event 


Access to Community Education Taster Day

Robert Boyd

Adult Learning College, Brixham 10.30-3pm

Taster of different classes

Call 08000 380123 to find out more and to book a place

Free event


The Big Knit and Natter

Aly Lazell / The Craft Works

St Andrews Church, Paignton 10am-4pm

Drop in day to knit, eat cake, learn new skills and work towards the ‘Torbay Yarn Bomb’ where participants work to develop a yarn bomb trail of their favourite locations

Free event

Torbay Council

 Aqua Zumba

Phil Thomas/Torbay Council

Admiral Swimming Centre, Brixham 10.15-11am

Join in with the Aqua Zumba class at the Admiral Swimming Centre, Brixham

Torbay Council

Water Mobility

Torbay Council

Swim Torquay, Plainmoor 10.30am-12pm


50+ Exercise class

Maggi Waugh

Riviera Centre 2-3pm

Regular class for over 60s focusing on flexibility, mobility, balance and co-ordination and confidence!

Brixham Skillshare Event

Scala Hall 2-5pm

Join Community Builder Victoria Campbell for the Brixham Skillshare event.  The fabulous Men in Sheds will be showing off their beautiful creations and inviting others to join them making more.
Lovely cake makers will be providing superb treats for the day, as well as knitting, crotchet and yoga.  Free tea and cake for all attendees.

Free event


Afternoon Tea
Walmer House & Erith House – Torquay, 2.30-4pm

All welcome to attend for Afternoon Tea at Walmer or Erith House


Culture Champions

Play Torbay

Paignton Zoo

An intergenerational event where older people and younger people will share and learn about cultural experiences in the Bay.

Free event


Meet the Grandmothers

Encounters Arts

FREE / Please book as spaces are limited
Suitable for all

Grandmothers is a unique interactive performance created by Encounters Arts with a company of Grandmothers drawn from Dartmouth, Totnes and Paignton.  Experiences, ideas and thoughts coming from the group are woven together to create a public performance event that will tour to the three towns in October.

Encounters Arts are offering an opportunity to ‘Meet the grandmothers’ during the Ageing Well festival. The event is open for up to 20 members of the public to join a creative conversation about ageing and grandparenting, as well as participate in a creative workshop and contribute words, images or questions to the final Grandmothers performance.

The event will start with afternoon tea served by some of our core company of grandmothers, leading into a creative conversation and sharing about the experience of grandparenting (and parenting) today, as well as about ageing well. Participants will then be lead by our artists in creating their own response to the themes in the form of words or images that will be added to the show.

To find out more or reserve your place, please contact Encounters Arts:

07948 9922434 /

Free event

 meet the grandmothers ageing well festival torbay

Encounters Art

Catch the Wind

Mitch Brown

The Clipper Pub, Torquay from 9pm

Jam the night away at Torquay’s Clipper Pub, all welcome

Free event

day 1 ageing well festival catch the wind jam night   Jam night

Also happening:

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there will be two commissions popping up in various locations across the Bay.

Across the Tracks

Kate Rudman / Sound Communities

Intergenerational music and story sharing / live radio show over different locations – young and old sharing their music in a ‘spin off’

Sound Communities will roam the festival with young and old radio makers, recording, audio blogging and broadcasting conversations, memories and stories. Parkfield Xtreme Radio’s young producers will support older trainees to produce and present a daily live broadcast from all around Torbay. We encourage anyone interested in learning about radio to bring vinyl, old photographs of yourselves and your local area and interesting objects to describe and talk about to make a wonderful local soundscape for future generations to treasure. These broadcasts will be available to listen to immediately again online.

Ageing Well festival across the tracks kate rudmanageing well festival sound commission kate rudman

A series of interconnected films exploring Ageing Well

Nick Fogg

Nick will be creating a series of films challenging perceptions about ageing – some of which will be shown during the festival and some will be filmed during the festival.


Promotional offer!

241 tickets available from the Babbacombe Theatre for Starlight, performances 6 & 7th Oct

The Babbacombe Theatre has a great offer for everyone participating in the Ageing Well Festival this October. Enjoy the 5 star show, Starlight on either the Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th of October with the added benefit of buying two tickets for the price of one.

Having been in receipt of the TripAdvisor Award for Excellence for four consecutive years you can be confident of an evening of extraordinary entertainment!

T&C’s Based on the full ticket price of £19. Up to 4 transactions per booking. When booking use the offer code WELL0607. Only available on the specified dates. Curtain up at 8.15pm. Box office: 01803 328385

Starlight promotional offer ageing well festival 2015