Ageing Well Festival

The Ageing Well Festival is an annual event that boasts a large range of activities, stalls, information and performances, going on for you to either watch or participate in.  These festivals are timed to coincide with National Older People’s Day (1st October) as a means of recognising over 50’s in Torbay and what they can do/have achieved. Organised by a committee of volunteers all aged 50+, the festival has recently focused on four key words – Love, Live, Laugh and Learn.

So far we’ve hosted seven Ageing Well Festivals –  one in 2015, 1st-4th October at various sites around Torbay, another in 2016, 1st & 2nd October at Torre Abbey with a Storytelling theme, a third festival in 2017, 30th September, at Lupton House with a 1960’s theme, a fourth event at Paignton Community and Sports Academy (Borough Road) in 2018, 20th October, and a fifth event at the Riviera International Conference Centre, 2019, 19th October, with the theme of Love, Live, Laugh, Learn.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic forcing the UK into lockdown from March 2020, the sixth festival on 24th October 2020 was a virtual occasion, with videos streaming online and audio on Riviera FM, dubbed the Ageing Well @Home Festival, which also went virtual again for our seventh festival on 1st October, 2021.

An eighth, final festival is currently slated for Saturday 17th September 2022, finally back in person after two online festivals, returning to the Riviera Centre – our 2019 venue.

We also hosted a Symposium of Ideas in May 2017, after we received a large amount of feedback requesting more events and more learning opportunities, leading to a combination of the two in an event with a focus on exchanging skills, knowledge and ideas.


For more information on how to get involved, click the link for the 2022 festival below, call 01803 212638, or email

Click the links below to find out more about our events:

Ageing Well Festival 2015

Ageing Well Festival 2016

Symposium of Ideas 2017

Ageing Well Festival 2017

Ageing Well Festival 2018

Ageing Well Festival 2019

Ageing Well Festival @Home 2020

Ageing Well Festival @Home 2021

Ageing Well Festival 2022