Old is the New Young festival

Published: Tuesday, 22nd September 2015

Oxford residents aged 50 and over are invited to attend next week’s Old is the New Young festival.

The event will feature an information fair, internet café and a range of free taster sessions.

It will take place at Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday 30 September between 10am and 4pm.

The event has been organised by Oxford City Council and OXFORD 50+ NETWORK to celebrate UK Older People’s Day.

The festival will feature:

  • Internet café with young volunteers offering advice about getting online
  • Free health assessment from staff at Fusion Lifestyle
  • Hear and join in with the local Singing for Fun choir
  • Try seated yoga, tai chi, boccia, table tennis and more

Councillor Gill Sanders, Oxford City Council’s Older Person’s Champion, said: "We hope that lots of over 50s come along on the day.

“There are so many activities that you can do and participate in after 50 or even after 60 or 70 and we want to let you know exactly what is on offer.

“Don't stay at home watching TV all day. Get out and get involved in the many groups and activities in your area and throughout the city.

“Hopefully, after the day you will go away with lots of ideas of how you can get out, be active and, more importantly, make lots of new friends."

Margaret Simpson, OXFORD 50+ NETWORK chairperson, said: “This will be the fourth year OXFORD 50+ NETWORK has helped with and supported the UK Older People’s Day.

“Old is the New Young is a fun and interesting event, with new ideas to explore and, for those who wish to, new sports and activities to try.

“One or two of the stall holders are also hoping that older people will be keen to help them with their projects and research this year, which is an exciting opportunity.

“We hope there will be something for everyone to enjoy and that many people come along.”