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23 Jul 2018

Festival of Ageing attracts over 8000 across GM

Greater Manchester, the UK’s first age-friendly region, staged its first Festival of Ageing from 2nd July - 15th July. Over 8000 people attended over 350 events across Greater Manchester

 

Designed to celebrate ageing across the city-region, there were a host of fun activities for over 50s and their families and friends to enjoy.

 

The fortnight’s events brought people together to try something new, meet other people, make friends and have a good time.  Amongst the 350 events held as part of the festival were coffee mornings, fitness sessions, digital workshops, wellbeing drop-ins, public lectures, knitting groups, local history discussions, social meet-ups, dances, art groups, swing music nights, games mornings, singing groups, book groups and much, much more.

 

Attendees took part in a number of activities including climbing walls, boat races, axe throwing, painting, arts and crafts, theatre, tai chi, walking football and much more.

 

So successful was the event, that plans are already afoot to raise the funding to run another festival in 2019. Your feedback, ideas and suggestions are invited via a brief survey which you can fill in online at: