Huge range of different activities for residents to try at this year’s 50+ Festival (From York Press)
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Huge range of different activities for residents to try at this year’s 50+ Festival
YORK’S ninth 50+ festival begins this weekend, with 115 activities on offer, ranging from bell ringing and human rights campaigns to sporting contests and belly dancing.
The festival for the over-50s, organised by York Older People’s Assembly (YOPA), starts on Saturday and runs for nine days until October 6.
Coordinator Sue Lister said it would offer an opportunity to try an incredibly wide variety of activities, including stimulating talks and walks, alternative therapies, shows and films.
Sue said: “Computer dinosaurs can become computer divas, you can polish up your French, make jams, share the hidden stories of York, create a hanging basket, visit St Leonard’s Hospice or take up bell ringing.
“The City Sport and Active Leisure team have pitched in with 33 invitations to Eng-AGE in the “50+ Games” in clubs and sports centres around the city, including tennis, volleyball, indoor bowls, sailing, pilates, football, running, carpet bowls, badminton, sequence dancing, keep fit, walking, cycling and swimming, as well as table tennis in Dunnington and bellydancing in Wigginton.
“The libraries around town are offering daily workshops such as Tackling Facebook, Tweets in Acomb, Tablets – try before you buy and how to download library books online.
“The festival’s intergenerational focus has produced the Poppleton Road Memorial Hall family fun day, a bake-off and tea party in Bishopthorpe, an open day and hanging basket making at the Poppleton Community Railway Nursery.”
She said a pre-festival event, a model boat regatta staged on a lake at Laytham in East Yorkshire last weekend was enjoyed by visitors including a 93-year-old couple out for a Sunday spin with their son.
She said the full programme could be found at yorkassembly.org.uk/festival, with copies available in libraries, community centres, city centre outlets and the Friends Meeting House in Friargate. For overall festival inquiries, phone Sue on 01904 488870.
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