General Loneliness

Meet people and make new friends at the Celebrating Age Festival

The second annual Celebrating Age Festival is looking to combat loneliness and enhance people's wellbeing among Telford and Wrekin's older residents.

Three people dancing at the first celebrating age Festival

The second annual Celebrating Age Festival is looking to combat loneliness and enhance people’s wellbeing among Telford and Wrekin’s older residents.

By Chris Fox, Senior Citizens Forum Coordinator

We’re inviting over 50s across Telford are invited to try out new social activities, from bowls to bell-ringing, as part of a week-long festival, which runs from the 8th to 13th October.

The Celebrating Age Festival offers a packed programme of taster events for Telford’s older residents across the borough. Activities include dancing and choral groups; keep fit, walking and sports classes; pottery, arts and crafts workshops; fishing; photography and more.

I’m hoping the the festival will encourage older people to meet new people, and make friends by taking part in the activities. The whole idea behind the festival is to help combat loneliness and enhance people’s wellbeing.

We ran our first Celebrating Age Festival last October and had a fantastic response. This year will be bigger and better and I hope to see lots more retired Telford residents join us and get involved.


We have put together a more extensive range of activities and we’re confident there is something for everyone in the programme. You can see for yourself on our Celebrating Age Festival website or you can also pick up a full programme of events from venues and community centres across the Telford area.

Our big launch day event is on Monday, 1st October at The Place, Oakengates, where programmes will be handed out and visitors can get a preview of some of the activities available and join in a selection of fun workshops.

The Senior Citizens Forum is co-ordinating the festival through a partnership with Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Wrekin Housing Trust and Telford and Wrekin Council, and aims to highlight the achievements and aspirations of older people in the borough.

If you want to know more then please visit our website or get in touch with myself:

Tel: 07932 828333,

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