Groups and Activities
This section is dedicated to promote BAB funded activities and groups. There is lots going on in Bristol, please refer to our partners WellAware and Linkage to find out about more activities in your area.
Milestones Trust Social Club
A weekly social group for older people with learning disabilities or dementia. Includes film screenings, giant board games, healthy cookery and karaoke. £2 per person including snacks.
When? Every Friday from 6:30 p.m.
Bristol Indian Association
Walking group in St. George including local walks and food served at the St. George Sikh Temple
When? Beginning Spring 2017
A series of free taster sessions of ‘pickleball’, a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis and is suitable for all ages and skill levels.
When? Call the venue for future dates
Contact: Horfield Sports Centre (01179031643)
Sikh Garden of Remembrance Committee History Walks
A series of history walks on the theme of World Wars I and II, with a free restaurant lunch.
Where? Various venues – contact for into
When? Monthly from March 2017
Gerry’s Attic Dance
Bristol’s over 55’s dance company – working with professional dance leader to develop movement and dance skills. No dance experience necessary and completely free.
When? Weekly – contact Julia for info
A series of workshops in Westbury-on-Trym, using recycled wood and materials to build and restore household and garden furniture items.
When? Beginning Summer 2017
LinkAge ‘Clay Explorations’ Groups
‘Clay Explorations’ pottery groups in Bedminster and Stockwood
When? Beginning Spring 2017
Craft sessions, walks and talks on Purdown with outdoor education specialist Steve England
When? Various dates – contact venue
Drum, Music, Song and Rhythm
Explore rhythms from the Caribbean, Africa and South America with World Jungle and coming together as a group to create music. All instruments provided and certainly no experience necessary. This activity is free,
When? Wednesdays 10am - 12.30
Free Lunch Events for Older People at Barton Hill Settlement
National Coalition-Building Institute and Bristol Black Carers invite you to any or all of these 3 friendly and welcoming free events, which include free lunch and activities to help you get to know other. Transport provided if needed.
When? Thursday 6th October 2016, Thursday 3rd November 2016, Thursday 1st December 2016, 11am - 2pm
Free Drop-in sessions about making the most of later life at The Old Library, Eastville
Monthly drop-in sessions with an informal focus on business, volunteering and campaigning o opportunities, with guest speakser from the local area and further afield. Refreshments provided.
When? Friday 14th October, Friday 18th November, Friday 9th December, Friday 20th January 2-4 p.m.
Bristol Shares Reading - taster session for older people
This taster sessions are part of Bristol Shares Reading - an exciting new project focused on reducing isolation and improving the quality of life amongst older people through Shared Reading Groups.
Where and when? The Old Library, Muller Road, Bristol BS5 6XP - Wednesday 19 October, 11am - 12.30pm
Monica Wills House, Cromwell Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 3NH - Friday 21 October, 2pm - 3.30pm
Junction 3 Library, Baptist Mills Court, Easton, Bristol BS5 0FJ - Wednesday 9 November, 2pm - 3.30pm
Cookery Lessons with the Silver Social Group
Cookery lessons and the production of a local cookbook for older people attending the ‘Silver Social’ group
When? Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00 until April 2017
Practical English Lessons with Awaz Utaoh
Practical English course for older Asian women including talks by the Fire Service, Police and Ambulance services about how to communicate in emergency situations. (Please contact Simi Chowdry if interested.)
When? TBC (starting Sept 2016) until Jan 2017
Begbrook Retirement Club
BAB has provided community transport to allow more older people to attend the club. (Please contact if interested in attending.)
When? 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12:00. Transport funded until March 2017
Tai Chi, Knitting and more with Bristol & Avon Chinese Women's Group
When? 1st Wednesday of the month until April 2017
Lunch Club at Bristol Sikh Temple
Older people’s lunch club for members of the temple and wider community.
When? Mondays from 12:00 until June 2017
Contact: Satnam Singh (email@example.com / 0117 902 0104)
Wellbeing Support Group in Bedminster with Changes Bristol
Wellbeing support group for over 50s in Bedminster
When? Thursdays from 15:00-17:00. Running indefinitely.
English lessons for Chinese elders in Bristol
When? Saturdays from 13:00-15:00 until December 2016
Golden Agers Activities
BAB is supporting the group with sewing machines and kitchen equipment to enhance their current activities.
When? Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00-14:00. Running indefinitely.
'The Shed Men' with Horfield Common C.I.C
Sociable project which will make use of recycled wood to produce new bird boxes, bat boxes and planters for the Ardash. Everybody welcome. Click here for more information.
When? 2nd and 4th or 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month until September 2016
Craft Sessions with Jacob Wells Community Hub
A year-long programme of craft sessions for older people, using materials from Clifton Hill Textiles and the Scrapstore. Click here for more info.
When? Monthly from 19th July 2016 (dates TBC) 11:00-13:00
Tai Chi classes in the Jacob's Wells area
Tai Chi Classes for older people in the Jacobs Wells area organised by Jacob's Wells Community Hub.
Where? The Pavilion, No1 Hannover Quay, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5JE
When? Thursdays, arrive to start at 11am from 22nd September to 23rd March
Memory Cafe at Lawrence Weston Community Farm
A pilot Memory Cafe enabling older residents to share their memories of the area.
When? Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 from 21st September - 14th December 2016
Theatre Club at RNIB
‘Place-based theatre club’ at the RNIB. Up to 40 older people will gather local history and stories about the RNIB to devise a creative event or celebration.
When? Beginning Autumn 2016, dates and times TBC
Gentle exercise group for over 50s in Lockleaze
Run by Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust.
When? Mondays from 10:15-11:15, Running indefinitely
Sewing classes for over 50s
Run by Malcolm X Elders.
When? Mondays from 10:00-13:00 until 22nd August
Theatre Workshops with Redcliffe Care
Programme of theatre workshops based around the theme of St. Mary Redcliffe Church and the surrounding area.
When? Beginning 21st January 2:00-4:00, then twice a month until April
Sammy's Pop Up Club
BAB has supported this long-standing project with new exercise and sewing supplies.
When? Wednesdays 13:30-16:00. Running indefinitely
Sporting Memories Sessions (Southville Community Development Association)
Programme of activity sessions developed and delivered by Alive! and Sporting Memories Network for older people living in the BS3, This is a dementia-friendly group.
When? 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month until October 2016
Handfuls of Harmony Choir (South West Bristol Cooperative Learning Trust)
Weekly community choir for Monica Wills House residents and wider community inc. events with local primary school.
When? Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 until March 2017
Community Cinema in Southmead
Community Cinema set up by Southmead Development Trust.
When? 2nd Wednesday of the month at 13:00 from August 2016 - Jan 2017
'Men in Sheds' in Southmead
Run by Southmead Development Trust
St. Lukes Church Barton Hill ‘Coffee Pot’ group
BAB has supported the group to increase provision for their regular music sessions in care homes,with percussion instruments for workshops, performances from professional musicians and three day-trips.
When? Music sessions are every Wednesday 15:00-16:00
Pilates classes for over 50s
Run by The Rock Centre.
When? Mondays from 10:00-11:00
Stockwood Rd, Bristol BS14 8SP