Brighton and Hove Ageing Well Festival
Expanding Horizons and Linking Lives
A big thank you to event organisers who have again risen to the challenge of creating this year’s packed and varied programme.
The wonderful 2023 Ageing Well Festival has now finished.
We are now gathering feedback, sharing quotes and photos and planning next year!
Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 01273 322948 with your thoughts/feedback.
And remember the Ageing Well team is not just about the Festival. We have an information line for any concerns 50+ people might have and referrals to many year round activities and groups. This is a freephone number: 0808 175 3234
The 2023 Festival had nearly 150 events from annual favourites such as the vintage Routemaster Bus Tour with Brighton and Hove buses to brand new events such as Cook Soul Food, Share Stories with Momma Cherri and a Sunset Boat Tour with the Sussex Dolphin Project. There was also a great range of music, art, dancing, creative workshops, talks/tours, sports and much more besides. Lots of fun was had an new connections made.
Expanding Horizons and Linking Lives
This year’s theme was decided in collaboration with our Lived Experience Advisory Group.
The Ageing Well Brighton and Hove annual festival provides opportunities for people aged 50 and over explore new experiences and meet new people. The festival aims to celebrate the valuable contributions older people make to society by broadening horizons and fostering connections between people who may not otherwise have met. This year’s festival, will feature intergenerational activities and opportunities to meet and connect with people from all walks of life. Attendees will be encouraged to approach new experiences and new people with an open mind, and the festival will showcase a diverse range of life experiences and perspectives. Above all, the festival is a celebration of the joys of growing older and the unique strengths and talents that come with age.
About The Ageing Well Festival
The Ageing Well Festival is a two-week celebration of events and activities tailored for individuals aged 50 and above, taking place at various venues across Brighton and Hove. Coinciding with the United Nations designated International Day of Older Persons on October 1st, this festival has been organised by Impact Initiatives, on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council, since 2013. Over the past eight years, the festival has evolved and expanded, reaching more people and offering an improved experience each year.
With a packed and diverse program of events, the festival aims to inspire older individuals to actively participate in the vibrant Brighton and Hove community. Last year’s festival boasted 113 events hosted by 49 different businesses and organisations, across 44 venues throughout the city. From cherished favourites like vintage Routemaster bus trips, to new and exciting activities such as wilderness exploration sessions and make-up lessons, there was something for everyone. In total, over 4,000 people participated in the festivities.
The criteria for your event to be included in this year’s programme is:
• Deliver your event during the festival dates Friday 29th September to Friday 13th October
• Open to people aged 50+ (or intergenerational)
• Targeted to Brighton and Hove residents
• Complete and provide us with a risk assessment (this form will be provided when event is submitted)
• Include Ageing Well Festival branding in any of your promotional activity/materials
• Submit a short one paragraph report after your event, including number of attendees
• Your event should be outside of your regular, day to day activities please
• Submissions to be with us by Thursday 1st June please
Inspiration last year’s event’s can be seen here.
The Festival is produced by Impact Initiatives, made possible by way of a successful collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council, voluntary sector organisations and local businesses We work with some brilliant and generous people: the fabulous design team at Osomi, our amazing photographer Maria Scard, videographer Aaron Wood, and many others who generously donate their time and resources.
The Ageing Well Festival gives people the opportunity of trying something new and enjoying what our city has to offer. A place you can connect with new people and above all have a great time.
Anyone who would like to celebrate Brighton and Hove as a great City in which to age well is being invited to put on an event in the 2023 Festival – Expanding Horizons and Linking Lives. The full programme will be announced in August.
Each year the Festival is widely promoted on our social media channels, so please like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Festival Programme is distributed during August, so do look out for it around the city.