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THE 50+



29 September - Sunday

7 October


Calendar of Events 2018

(programme will be updated over the next two weeks)

We're putting together a list of fabulous events for you. Watch this space!

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Book individual events by emailing or calling us

- see details on left below picture -

or just turn up to

free non-ticket events (most!). Check list

below for these.


*.....FREE entry to the Information Day

on 29th September and a FREE cuppa

   and a biscuit - or two! - while you're there.

Plus a FREE ticket for a fabulous raffle!

Events subject to change until Festival start date on 29th September 2018. 

Please revisit site or call or email us to check.

Many more events to come.


28 Sep 2018

Saturday, 10am - 4pm


Engage 50+ Festival Information Day: An A to Z Guide to the Second Half of Life

An Information Day at Stratford-upon-Avon's second annual Festival for those from 50 to 100+. There's a lot going on in our town and surrounding area for people from 50 to 100+ but it's not always easy to discover who's doing what and where. If you'd like to expand your horizons, learn a new skill or hobby, volunteer or simply acquaint yourself with what's going on that might be of interest, this is the Fair for you! 80 or so exhibitors, workshops and talks and a great cafe too. Easy, free parking and disabled access. Come along with family and friends - or make new ones over a cuppa - and add oomph, gaiety and a sense of purpose to your life. No need to book - just turn up on the day.

Location: Stratford College, The Willows North (off Morrisons roundabout), Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9QR (map).


29 Sep 2018

Sunday, 2pm - 4pm


Sunny Side Up Singalong

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Come along to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre where you'll find The Sunnysiders Ukulele Group (35 strong!) at the Scott Bar (just inside the former entrance to the theatre before renovation) and sing along as they strum - all the old favourites including George Formby numbers and lots more. Save the date and make your day!

Location: Scott Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB

30 Sep 2018

Monday, 11am - 2pm


Alcester Information Day

This year, Alcester is holding its very own Information Day on 1st October 2018, United Nations International Day of Older Persons. There will be 40+ stands, a delightful café with free tea, coffee and biscuits and a number of workshops and demonstrations including Nordic Walking. There are a wide variety of activities for those in the second half of life taking place in the small and charming town of Alcester on a regular basis but it can be difficult to discover what, where and when. This event gathers together under one roof many of the local organisations, charities and clubs in and around Alcester which between them offer a diversity of groups to join as a member or a volunteer, like-minded people to share a cuppa with or the possibility of learning a new skill. No need to book, just turn up ready to make friends, try something new and have fun! Free parking and a warm welcome await you. A visit may change your life so SAVE THE DATE!

Location: The Jubilee Centre, Jubilee Fields, St Faith's Rd, Alcester B49 6AG

Monday 10am - 12pm


Sunny Side Up: The Sunnysiders Ukulele Workshop

The Sunnysiders, Sunny Side Up's renowned ukulele group invite you to join them at their Monday morning session for a workshop for absolute beginners. Learn to play a tune by the end of the session - yes, really! - and you'll be able to play along with the group! No need to read music - and we'll lend you a ukulele. If you take part in our workshop on 30th September at the Engage 50+ Festival Information Day (see above), you'll already be a seasoned player! Mid-session break with delicious refreshments and agreeable chitchat! No need to book - just turn up on the day.

Location: Tyler House, Tyler Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6TY (map)

30 Sep 2018

Monday, 8 - 10pm


Morris Dancing Open Day

Who hasn't wanted to try their hand - or rather feet! - at Morris Dancing? Well, here's your chance. Pop along to the Shakespeare Morris Dancers open evening and give it a go. You may discover an unexpected talent and even if you discover you have two left feet, you'll have great fun. Refreshments included. A warm welcome awaits you so don't hesitate - just turn up on the day ready to learn a new skill and, who knows, perform in public one day, bells and all!

Location: Stratford Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9SE

01 Oct 2018

Tuesday 10am-12noon


Stratford Archers: Have-a-Go Open Day!

Book a Have-A-Go session at the Stratford Archers stand at the Engage 50+ Festival Information Day: An A to Z Guide to the Second Half of Life on 29th September (see first listing above) for Tuesday 2nd or Friday 5th October. Discover a fascinating sport and your inner Robin Hood!

Location: Home Guard Club,Main Street, Tiddington CV37 7AY 

01 Oct 2018

Tuesday, 7 - 8.30pm


Walking Football Open Day

Football for those in the second half of life, growing in popularity all over the world. Don't miss out on your favourite game because of the passing of the years. Make new friends and have fun while discovering this new form of football and perhaps a real talent. It's never too late!

Location: Stratford High School, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9DH

03 Oct 2018

Thursday, 2pm-4pm


Sunny Side Up Computer Club Open Day

Join the digital age! Learn how to use that desktop computer, laptop, tablet and/or smartphone with the help of kind, patient volunteers - and at your own pace. You're invited to join us at an Open Afternoon at the Methodist Church Centre on Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm - tea, coffee and cake included. Don't put it off any longer - make up your mind to get started! Look forward to seeing you.

Location: Methodist Church Centre, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG (map)

04 Oct 2018

Friday, 7pm - 10pm


The Engage Barn Dance

This year's Engage 50+ Festival Barn Dance will be held from 7pm to 10pm at Great Alne Memorial Hall (2 miles from Alcester and 7 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon). With the lively Cat's Whiskers Barn Dance Band and an experienced Caller, what could be more fun - plus a delicious fish and chip supper. Barn dance proficiency unnecessary! Book NOW by emailing or calling us (contact details at top of this page or on Contact page).

Location: Great Alne Memorial Hall,  Henley Road, Great Alne B49 6HL (map).

06 Oct 2018

Sunday, 2pm - 4.30pm


Sunny Side Up: Grand Town Hall Tea Party

Sunny Side Up's fourth annual Grand Tea Party upstairs in the ballroom at Stratford Town Hall. Delicious afternoon tea - and Prosecco! - 1920s Palm Court music played by our favourite pianist and violinist and entertainment by The Sunnysiders, our ukulele group! All this plus our Terribly Tempting Tombola! Book a ticket soon (they're always in great demand), by emailing us ( or calling us (01789 268701) or use alternative contacts at the top of this page and from the Contact page on this website. We look forward to the pleasure of your company. 

Location: Town Hall, 1 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EF (map).

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Inspired Cafe

Take a break during your visit to Engage 50+ Festival Information Day (see details above) on Saturday 29th September and relax at the Inspired Cafe while our favourite pianist plays your favourite songs!

A free cuppa and a biscuit - or two - for all visitors and a delicious and inexpensive menu for those who

are more peckish!


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