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 six Ageing Well Festivals –  one in 2015 at various sites around Torbay, another in 2016 at Torre Abbey with a Storytelling theme, a third festival in 2017 at Lupton House with a 1960’s theme, a fourth event at Paignton Community and Sports Academy (Borough Road) in 2018, a fifth event at the Riviera International Conference Centre, with the theme of Love, Live, Laugh, Learn. Due to the Cornavirus Pandemic forcing the UK into lockdown from March 2020, the sixth festival in 2020 was a virtual occasion, with videos streaming online and audio on Riviera FM, dubbed the Ageing Well @Home Festival – set to go virtual again 1st October, 2021. An eighth, final festival during the run of the Ageing Well Torbay programme is currently slated for Saturday 19th March 2022, at the Riviera Centre.

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.

We are currently in the early stages of planning the 2022 Ageing Well Festival.

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