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Celebrating Age Festival, 2023

Learning from experience, still being playful

1st-31st October 2023

The Celebrating Age Festival (CAF) launches every year on the International Day of the Older Person, 1st October. It is a month-long festival to promote ageing well; including challenging stereotypes around ageing, celebrating older voices, and encouraging everyone to try something new. CAF 2023 offers a variety of free and low-cost events and activities across Bristol, from musical performances and art exhibitions to wellbeing events and discos.

Click here to see the listings in the 2023 CAF programme

The CAF 2023 theme was suggested by a group of older people; Celebrating the Wisdom that Comes with Experience, While Still Being Playful. Therefore, many of our events showcase the expertise and skills of people aged 50+ and give everyone the opportunity to join in; sing along, share your own story, have a go!

This year, CAF is launched by our Celebrating Age Concert in City Hall, on Monday 2 October. We have a fabulous line-up, including the Windrush Choir, Recovery Orchestra and Dhek Bhal Older Women’s Group. Join us to launch the festival in style. Everyone is welcome to this free concert, but booking is essential. To book a place, please email or call us on 0117 928 1553.

CAF is organised by a collaboration of local organisations who all work with people aged 50+, and is led by Age UK Bristol. We try to make sure that there are events spread out across the city, delivered by local organisations, and accessible to everyone. We start planning early for next year’s festival. If you are interested in getting involved, please email or call us on 0117 928 1553.

CAF is only possible because of the financial support from our sponsors: John James Bristol Foundation, the Bristol Rotary Club, and the Mayor’s Office. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. To request a paper programme, please call Age UK Bristol on 0117 929 7537 or email us on

See how we Celebrated Age in 2022’s Festival.

With thanks to our sponsors:

The John James Foundation and Bristol Rotary