50+ Festival


Welcome to this year’s 50+ Festival website page! The 50+ Festival is back again for its fifth year, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

This year the event is being held on Sunday 3rd November, 10am-3pm, at St. George’s School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs. Stagecoach have kindly agreed to put on a free shuttle bus service from Westwood Cross Bus Hub, details are in the “How to get there” section below.

Not been to the event before and not sure what to expect? Take a look at the video above to see the highlights from last year’s festival.

What’s on?

Find out what you can get involved with on the day…


Ageless Thanet Choir

We are proud that the Ageless Thanet Choir will be singing their hearts out at the festival. We are so lucky to have been working with Laura who has facilitated the growth of the choir who have now been signing together for over 6 months. Please find out more by talking to any of them, and why not have a sing along too?

Ageless Thanet Ukulele Band

After making their head-line appearance on ITV’s Meridian news, we are very proud and excited to say that the wonderful Ageless Thanet Ukulele Band will be playing for us throughout the day. Thanks to the fantastic ukulele teacher Jim, we have run several amazing activities for beginners, who have gone on to practice every Monday and Wednesday night at the Ageless Thanet Feelgood Factory and perform at many venues across Thanet. The band is now some 30 strong. They have also applied for and successfully received funding from the Ageless Thanet community fund to pay for more equipment to help more people enjoy this wonderful activity.


Ballet and Tap

We are excited that our amazing dance activity teacher, Jo-Jo will be doing tasters of ballet and tap. Lots of our Ageless Thanet customers have now been going to Jo-Jo’s studio on a regular basis, and have re-kindled their love of dance while making new friends.


After its success at the last 50+ Festival, Boccia is back! Boccia is an attack and defend game, with two sides competing over a set number of ends. The aim is to score as many points as possible by placing their set of coloured balls closest to the white jack ball. The Boccia activity we started about 30 months ago has now grown into two groups, who play for fun and compete against other clubs, and have even attended the world championships. The groups were also funded by the Ageless Thanet Community Fund to further develop their group. Come and have a go, you will get hooked!



Boxing for over 50s? Why not? Come and have a go and join the growing numbers of our amazing Ageless Thanet boxers. You will improve co-ordination, stamina, strength and a sense of togetherness.


Back by popular demand is FitSteps with Jill. FitSteps is an energetic, up beat dance fitness class featuring all of your favourite strictly dances. It is designed to give real, measurable fitness results. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and you don’t need a partner.


Health Check

Each Health Check takes 30 minutes and includes blood pressure check, weight, height, BMI calculation, finger prick cholesterol check which gives a Q-Risk/cardiovascular score and Heart Age.

Following the check each individual will receive, should they wish, free personalised advice and information about what they can do to help reduce or manage that risk and stay healthy.  We can offer onward referral into other free health improvement services in Kent if requested or back to the person’s GP.  The check is also officially recorded onto the individuals’ personal NHS record.

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoop, yes that’s right Hula Hoop! We have been working with the amazing Celine who has created a passionate group of “older Hula Hoopers.” They have been having so much fun that we had to find a bigger venue to accommodate the numbers! Give it a go you will have a blast.


Japanese Drumming

Bill will be encouraging everyone to try out his fascinating collection of Japanese drums. The energy and passion Bill exudes is something to behold. Come and get your blood pumping and your rhythm pulsing to the beat of Bill’s drums.

New Age Kurling

The Ageless Thanet New Age Kurling group will be there on the day, demonstrating and encouraging visitors to take part.

What is New Age Kurling?

Kurling is a form of the original curling game but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than on ice.


Tai Chi

One of the most popular activities we have run over the last 4 years is Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a combination of relaxation and toning exercises, promoting harmony and health, balancing the mind, body and spirit. David Lloyd one of our fantastic Tai Chi teachers, affectionately known to us as “Tai Chi Dave.” Dave has run many 8 week activities for us across Thanet, and many of the people that have started with us now carry on after the initial 8 sessions, staying with Dave or joining other groups.

Food Vendors


Bessie's Tea Parlour

Karen from Bessie’s Tea Parlour says: “We aim to provide a little touch of nostalgia experience food and drinks made using the very best of seasonal, Kent produce all served on authentic   vintage china. Often our ingredients are from our own farm hedgerows or foraged from the bountiful coast here in Broadstairs. All our cakes and scones are baked in our retro kitchen on site and as well as serving traditional and wartime bakes we enjoy experimenting with new flavours and ingredients. 

We buy directly from producers and local shops where possible,  including our wide range of teas that are all blended in Broadstairs.”

Ministry of Pies

Gary from Ministry of Pies says:

“I have specialised in several things over the past 30 years being in the forefront of gluten-free and vegan foods so I will have these options available on the day. I also spent many years as a chef trainer and independent food hygiene consultant.
Now running Ministry of Pies from The New Odds Club, 14 Hawley St, Margate.”


Thanet Scouts

11 Scouts and Explorers from Thanet have been given the unmissable opportunity to join the Kent contingent on an amazing adventure to Eurojam 2020.

After a gap of nearly 15 years, since the UK hosted the last European Jamboree in 2005, the European Scout Jamboree will take place in Poland in July/August 2020. 11 days of activities, combining the chance to develop new skills, Celebrate Scout values, strengthen our international community and provide young people with

the opportunity to meet and learn from each other and experience Poland’s beautiful countryside.

The Thanet contingent are now in the process of raising the necessary funds which amount to £14850. The Scouts will be doing a “Sausage Sizzler” at the event to raise money for their trip.

How to get there

By Car

If you're unsure where to go, there is a useful map below.

If you are using a SatNav, the postcode for the venue is CT10 2LH

Travelling by Car

There is plenty of free parking on site, but if the car park does get full, there are spaces on residential streets nearby.

By Bus

Stagecoach have kindly agreed to put on a free shuttlebus service from Westwood Cross to the venue.

Travelling by Bus

The shuttlebus service will be running on a regular basis throughout the day. Please get on the bus at the Westwood Cross bus station, look out for our volunteers who will be able to direct you. The bus will drop you off at the stop outside the school. Please go back to this stop to get on the bus to take you back to Westwood Cross.

By Taxi

We have taxi companies signed up to our Age-Friendly Business Scheme who offer a discount for those with an Ageless Thanet Reward Card.

Travelling by Taxi

To find out which taxi companies offer a discount, click the button below.

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By Train

If you are travelling by train the nearest station is Broadstairs, which is approximately a 30 minute walk to the venue.

Travelling by Train

If you would like to get a taxi from the train station, details can be found in the box on the left.

Supported by…


All Seasons

All Seasons is one of the platinum sponsors of the 50+ Festival. They deliver care in people’s homes to thousands of clients in East Kent, allowing them to remain independent in their homes. With over 250 carers and support staff we provide care services across East Kent for a range of diverse needs.

We pride ourselves on offering excellent quality care that’s personal and tailored to you, or your loved one’s needs from a 15-minute telephone call through to 24/7 live in care.

We have male and female care workers who are well trained to provide the best care, from specialists in Mental Health Support through to End of Life.

Caremark Thanet

Another of our platinum sponsors, Caremark Thanet provide personal, professional care and support in your own home across Thanet, Dover, Deal and Sandwich.

We have been providing home care services to the residents of Thanet since 2012, we have developed a reputation for the outstanding quality of the services we provide.


We offer a vast range of home care services 24/7 from a 30 minute call to live in care and night care. Please call us for a free assessment.

‘We believe that our customers are the most important people for our business; that our care and support workers are the most important people in our business; that a socially responsible business is most important for everyone.’



Caremark Thanet are also one of our Age-Friendly Businesses, offering 10% discount on first month care fees, when having a minimum of 30 minutes care per month.


Carers' Support East Kent

Carers’ Support East Kent is another of our platinum sponsors. They are a leading charity providing information, support and services to Carers.

A Carer is someone who looks after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who due to physical or mental illness, disability, age related difficulties or an addiction could not manage without support.

Carers are unpaid and are not the same as paid care workers. Carers are all ages, come from all walks of life and backgrounds and many combine caring for someone with paid work.

We aim to ensure Carers are recognised, listened to, and offered information and support that is focused on their own needs and wellbeing, enabling them to continue care, where they choose to do so.

We offer:

  • Telephone helpline (weekdays)
  • Information about support and services for Carers, entitlements and rights, respite options
  • Emotional support
  • Carer’s assessment for adult Carers. This provides an opportunity to talk in detail about your caring role and establish if you are eligible for additional support such as a break from your caring role or help around the home.
  • Training and learning opportunities
  • Peer support including Carers Coffee Times and support groups
  • Free Kent Carers emergency card
  • Specialist support for Young Adult Carers 16-24 years
  • Carers Hospital Service

If you are a Carer aged 16 or over and live in East Kent please contact us

Tel 01304 364637     Email support@carersek.org.uk      www.carersek.org.uk

Dumpton Park Nissan

Dumpton Park Nissan are our gold sponsor.

At Dumpton Park Nissan we plan to give you the most enjoyable car buying experience you’ll ever have. Having been established for over 50 years and winning Nissan’s Dealer of the Year Award for the last two years running, Dumpton Park Nissan has a reputation for high-quality new & used cars and our friendly and helpful customer service.


At our Broadstairs dealership you can find dozens of vehicles from world renowned car manufacturer Nissan and our expert staff will be on hand to guide you through the process whether you’re looking to purchase a car, part-exchange or look at your finance options. We also have our very own service department and workshop where we can carry out services, MOT’s, parts and repairs. We hope to see you soon!



Stagecoach South East provides local bus services across Kent and East Sussex, carrying nearly 43 million passengers a year. The company is proud to play an important and active role in the community of Kent, helping people in rural and urban areas access work, education, health, shopping and leisure. Its new Managing Director, Joel Mitchell, has a mission to put people at the heart of the business with reliability, punctuality and greener travel high on the agenda.

This summer the company launched a brand new fleet of 24 ultra low emission buses for the Thanet Loop service – an investment of £4 million in the local community.

A big thank you to Stagecoach for putting the free shuttle bus on for the event this year.

Thanet Scouts

Thank you to Thanet Scouts who will be helping direct the cars in the car park.

They will also be hosting a “Sausage Sizzler” to raise money for their 2020 trip to the European Jamboree in Poland.


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