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.
Contact: Mike Rogers ( / 01179659983)       

 Bristol Indian Association

Walking group in St. George including local walks and food served at the St. George Sikh Temple
When? Beginning Spring 2017
Contact: Santokh Singh (

Pickleball Bristol 

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
Contact: Jernail Singh (

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
Contact: Jude Williams ( / 07989361389)
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
Contact: Jessica Reid ( / 07735 278147)

LinkAge ‘Clay Explorations’ Groups

‘Clay Explorations’ pottery groups in Bedminster and Stockwood
When? Beginning Spring 2017
Contact: Dan Lewin ( / 0117 305 2365)
Craft sessions, walks and talks on Purdown with outdoor education specialist Steve England
When? Various dates – contact venue
Contact: Emily Shimmell (

Zion Community Arts Memories Cafe

A monthly memory café for people with dementia and their carers.
When? Beginning Spring 2017
Contact: Jess Wright ( / 01179231212)

World Jungle Logo

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
Contact: Richard from World Jungle ( / 0117 955 1538)

National Coalition-Building Institute 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
Contact: Anndeloris Chacon ( / 0117 379 0084)

 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  
Contact: Samantha Weaver ( / 07812 238 532)


Cookery Lessons with the Silver Social GroupCookery 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
Contact: Julie Chapman ( / 07920 441 176)


Awaz Utaoh LogoPractical 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
Contact: Simi Chowdry ( / 07968 621 079)

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
Contact: Lesley Alexander ( / 0117 965 1935)

Tai Chi, Knitting and more with Bristol & Avon Chinese Women's Group

New leisure activities for the group including tai chi and knitting. Click here for more info. 
When? 1st Wednesday of the month until April 2017
Contact: Yan Chen ( / 0117 935 1462)

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 ( / 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.
Contact: Dan Lewin ( / 0117 305 2365)

English lessons for Chinese elders in Bristol

Organised by Elderly People's Club, click here to find out more. 
When? Saturdays from 13:00-15:00 until December 2016
Contact: Jade Wong ( / 0117 955 5225)

Golden Agers GroupGolden 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.
Contact: Gloria Morris (

Shed Men'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
Contact: Chris Thomson ( / 0117 942 64580)

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
Contact: Sally Silverman ( / 07804 649152)

Jacob's Wells Community HubTai 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
Contact: Judy Goldsmith ( 07804 649152)

Lawrence Weston Community FarmMemory 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
Contact: Kerry Rowe ( / 01179381128)

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
Contact: Dan Lewin ( / 0117 305 2365)

Gentle exercise group for over 50s in Lockleaze

Run by Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust. 
When? Mondays from 10:15-11:15, Running indefinitely
Contact: Saliha Ahmed ( / 0117 914 1129)

Sewing classes for over 50s

Run by Malcolm X Elders. 
When? Mondays from 10:00-13:00 until 22nd August
Contact: Gloria Watson (

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
Contact: Hannah Currant ( / 0117 231 0071)

BAB LogoSammy'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
Contact: Elaine Roberts ( / 0117 935 4471)

Sporting MemoriesSporting 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
Contact: Tim Clark ( / 0117 923 1039)

Hanfuls of HarmonyHandfuls 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
Contact: Roger White (

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
Contact: Serge Chapman ( / 0775 690 8525)

'Men in Sheds' in Southmead

Run by Southmead Development Trust
Where? TBC
When? TBC
Contact: Serge Chapman ( / 0775 690 8525)

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
Contact:  David Mowat ( / 07804 363 170)


Pilates classes for over 50s

Run by The Rock Centre. 
When? Mondays from 10:00-11:00
Contact: Ash Hughes ( / 0117 938 4636)

Stockwood Rd, Bristol BS14 8SP


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