Greater Manchester Festival of ageing - for everyone aged 50+!

Event date: 
Monday, 2 July 2018 - 9:00am

Greater Manchester’s Festival of Ageing taking place from the 2nd - 15th July 2018.  If you are aged over 50 and live in Greater Manchester, then this festival is for you!

The festival will offer a range of activities, fun, music, dancing, hobbies, physical activities, information and lots of opportunities join in with events both local to you and further afield.

Eight of the Greater Manchester boroughs will be hosting their own main event, which will be supported by over 200 fringe events across the city region, including plenty of events in Bolton.

  • The fortnight will kick off with a launch event in Manchester City Centre on Monday 2nd July, 12.00pm - 4.00pm.  The launch will be held across the city centre at City Art Gallery, Central Library and Albert Square.

Our three Festival venues will house a themed programme of events which will launch the first GM Festival of Ageing. Zoned activities will offer taster sessions, exhibitions, activities and information of all the great things on offer around GM. Highlights include a Climbing Wall, ‘Silver Swans’ ballet taster session, Middle Eastern Dance, Interactive Desert Island Discs, Arts and Crafts, Walking Football tasters and tournament, Line Dancing, Seated Tai chi, and musical performances throughout the day.

  • Bolton’s main festival event will be held on Tuesday 3rd July at 11.00am – 3.00pm.

This open-air event will be held the heart of Bolton in Victoria Square. Marquees in Victoria Square will house a rolling programme of events and activities for older people to enjoy. 15 minutes sessions to include dancing, trampette exercise with Jump Extreme, Bolton Wanderers information stand, Total Fitness, choir performance and a huge celebration selfie.

Major events will also be held in Bury, Wigan, Oldham, Salford, Tameside and Rochdale across the fortnight.

In addition to these main events, there will be lots of small neighbourhood events and activities across Greater Manchester. Highlights from the fringe events include coffee mornings, fitness sessions, digital workshops, wellbeing drop-ins, public lectures, knitting groups, local history discussions, social meet-ups, dances, art groups, swing music nights, games mornings, singing groups, book groups and much, much more.

We currently have over 200 events registered, you can find more details on our webpage at


The festival is being co-ordinated by a partnership of five groups, 4CT (a charity in Manchester), HMR Circle (in Rochdale), Manchester Metropolitan University Age Friendly Team, Persona (in Bury) and Wigan Athletic Community Trust. Funding has been provided through the Ambition for Ageing programme which is a lottery funded programme through GMCVO.