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FAB Newsletter 16/09/2021

Published on 16 September 2021 09:44 AM

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Every year Age UK Bristol and partners run the Celebrating Age Festival (CAF), kicking off on 1st October to mark International Day of Older People and lasting throughout October. CAF is an opportunity to celebrate later life and challenge stereotypes around ageing.

As with last year, the festival will be running a combination of online, telephone and in-person activities throughout the month to celebrate various topics about later life. Since the coronavirus crisis began, we’ve worked closely with other charities and agencies across the city as a central Support Hub for Older People. This year we are delighted to share activities and events from our Support Hub partners.

Activities to look out for are our Tai Chi sessions run across Bristol by dedicated volunteers, as well as online shared reading sessions with The Reader and an event run by Brigstowe to support those living with Diabetes. 

You can find the full list of activities taking place on the CAF webpage. New activities and events are being added throughout the month so please do check back regularly to stay up-to-date.

Through Bristol Walk Fest, we’ve linked up with the Let’s Walk Bristol festival taking place 1st-3rd October. Let’s Walk Bristol is encouraging people of all ages to get outdoors, enjoy nature, walk and explore the city and its surrounding areas. There’s something for everyone whatever your age or fitness level including lots of free walks, evening entertainment and free Nordic walking taster workshops. You can find the full programme of walks on the Let’s Walk Bristol festival webpage.

If you have an activity or an event you would like to share as a part of CAF 2021, please email us at 

Best wishes,  

Warm wishes,
Silvia and Clare 

Matinee Mingles are back! 
Various dates - Senior Midweek Matinee 1.30pm Meeting Time, 2.30pm Matinee Time

We have teamed up with the Bristol Hippodrome, with the Support of National Friendly, to get together again for the Matinee Mingles, an opportunity for lone theatre-goers to meet up before a midweek show, share a cuppa and meet like-minded people. 

We are also looking for a keen theatre buff to support the Matinee Mingles, so if you would like to be a regular at these lively meet-ups, please get in touch. 

Next dates are: 
Grease - Thursday 23rd September, 1.30pm (for 2.30pm show)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Wednesday 29th September (for 2.30pm show)

For tickets and prices, please email Rowan Dodemont on

Join a walk to learn about the re-wilding on the Belmont Estate
Thursday 23rd September, 10:00 - 12:00. Free

As part of The Big Green Week, Belmont Estate are looking at how changes in land management can deliver a vast range of benefits including biodiversity restoration, flood mitigation, air and water quality, and accessible nature based education

The walk will be led by Belmont Estate Manager, Gil Martin. Lasting between 90 and 120 mins you will cross fields and uneven ground and walk along a section of the Land Yeo river. You will encounter livestock so dogs are not permitted

Reserve your place here

Enjoy a Cream Tea Cruise
Wednesday 29th September 3pm from Welsh Black Ferry Landing. £10-£15

Bristol Ferry Boats are happy to offer a new Cream Tea Cruise to Beeses, where you enjoy a relaxed journey to their scenic gardens to enjoy their sophisticated Cream Tea offerings with drinks.  Please note that food must be purchased from Beeses seperately.
Buying a ticket reserves a table at Beese's, please note that food must be purchased from Beese's separately.

Book a place here

Want to learn how to use your device? 
Tuesday 28th September, 2:00-4:00pm at Winford Village Hall. Free

Join Alive Activities for their next Tea & Tech session at Winford Village Hall. This walk-in session will give free digital advice to over 50s and teach you the basics of technology.
Bring your phone, tablet or laptop, or have your questions answered by an expert.

A great opportunity to network over cake!

Click for more information and  to book a session

S.S. Great Britain : Up Late 
Friday 24th September, 6:00 - 9:00pm

For one night only meet scientists, engineers, and historians on the grounds of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s historic ship, the S.S. Great Britain and have a go at a range of hands-on activities.

Join researchers and participate in a host of interactive trails and take part in a range of hands-on activities to discover how Brunel’s legacy can help us to understand the way we live today. You’ll also find Researcher’s Tales, where you can hear first-hand accounts and short stories from researchers about their life and work as a researcher.

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