Celebrating Age Festival - date changed to September 18

July 28 2016

In a city as busy as Bristol it's not surprising that two events collide - the surprise is that it hasn't happened before.

In a city as busy as Bristol it's not surprising that two events collide - the surprise is that it hasn't happened before.

The Celebrating Age Committee was stunned to learn that their launch day of September 25 at M Shed, planned for a year, conflicted with Bristol's Half Marathon! 

With all the roads closed, the only way for people to get to M Shed was to come by water, or run in the Marathon, so wisely the committee has decided to change the date to the week before, Sunday, September 18.

"Bristol's older people are pretty game and usually up for anything, but I thought asking them to swim to M Shed was a bit much!" laughed Judith Brown, Deputy Chair of the Committee.

The Celebrating Age Festival was set up in 2007 in response to the Bristol's Quality of Life Strategy for Older People. The aim is to recognise the positive value of older people and combat age discrimination, place older people at the centre of thinking and planning of services, promote independence and encourage social cohesion across the generations.

“We are very grateful to the stall holders and activity leaders who have rallied to the cause of producing Celebration day one week earlier - it should be a great day; September 18, 10am - 4pm at the M Shed," Judith added.