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Fun is not just for the young

Go for it and get involved, is the message from Ageing Better Middlesbrough as it celebrates people aged 50 and over at Middlesbrough’s first Festival of Fun.  
From 1 to 7 October Ageing Better Middlesbrough and partner organisations are hosting events across town to showcase the range of activities on offer to older residents and to encourage people to join its free membership.   
The Festival starts on International Day of Older Persons which aims to highlight the contributions older people make to their communities.   
Hannah Warburton, Communications Manager at Ageing Better Middlesbrough, said: “We have a rock and roll music and fashion event, history walks and talks, a jazz night, a faith celebration service, membership promotions and lots more.   
“We hope as many people as possible will get involved and show that having fun is not just for the young.  
“Thanks to National Lottery funding, Ageing Better Middlesbrough is looking at ways to tackle loneliness and social isolation, and our membership and events are a really great way for people to get out and try something new.  
“A lot of our members have told us that taking a chance to go out to one of our events or activities has led to their confidence growing, interesting conversations and even new friendships.”

  • Festival of Fun programmes are available at community hubs across Middlesbrough, online at or request a copy be sent by post by calling 01642 257034.  

More information on Ageing Better Middlesbrough - including how to join its free membership - can be found at or by calling 01642 257034.