By Marianne Parker, Community Builder for Wellswood


Our entire community building team will be at the Ageing Well Torbay Festival this year!

It is the first in-person festival since 2019 after it was forced online by COVID and will be held again at the Riviera Centre in Torquay between 10 am and 5pm on Saturday, September 17th.

Come and meet our Community Builders in their ‘patch’ on our ‘map’ of all our neighbourhoods right across the Bay. This is your chance to meet all the lovely people who come to our fabulous groups and find out what we really like and how our groups work!

You could join a coffee morning, drop into a knit and natter, dip into a craft group, meet Friends of Clennon Valley and find out where the walking groups go. What do they do at ‘the Shed’ in Chelston? Who will you meet at the Crafty Fox? What’s Music at the Museum like?

You could also explore a community garden, join a band, have a go at ‘pitch and putt’, meet some drama queens or try on costumes. What’s your thing? Classical music, a quiz, pyrography, yarn bombing, mosaic, lunch club, dominoes, skittles, pool, board games, books, bikes, writing or a memory café?

There will be lots of short activity demos too – all taking place throughout the day …yoga, line dancing, pilates, wheelchair dancing, flashmob, hula hooping, belly dancing, Bollywood, Scottish Country Dancing and music with Dennis and Daryl. Come and sample this feast of fun with us across the Bay in the Arena.

You can come and learn an easy group flashmob dance routine in half an hour! – Join our flashmob rehearsals at 12 noon and 3pm. Meet Marianne and Clare at ‘Wellswood’ next to the main entrance doors in the Arena at 11.45 or 2.45 to go to our rehearsal room together so you can join in our flashmobs at 12.45 and at 4pm on the dance floor in the Forum.

There will be something for everyone going on throughout the day and all the details can be found in our festival programme which is available in print at various community centres across the Bay or online

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to contact Marianne, you can phone her on 07469 660875 or email [email protected]