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Focus on older people

30th September 2015

Photo:  Over 55s dance class at Dance City, Newcastle

Cultural activities for older people in NewcastleGateshead and Tyneside

Celebrating Older People’s Day and beyond

October starts with Older People's Day and NGCV have worked with Newcastle Elders Council and Quality of Life Partnership to highlight the wonderful activities, events and offers that are available to older people across the area, including visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, writing and literature, to heritage, archives and museums and science.  

NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues are 10 cultural organisations running 20 venues in Tyneside. We offer cultural experiences for people of all ages, all year round.  Our venues are welcoming and accessible places and we have all achieved (and are currently renewing) the Equality Standard Gold Award, recognising excellence in promoting equality, diversity, access and inclusivity.

Our main cultural programmes are, of course, accessible to people of any age and we encourage people to find out more about our venues and what you can get involved with as a participant or audience member. we have compiled a document with these details, along with information about activities for people over 50, 55, 60 and 65.  Click on the link below to download this:

There are summaries for each organisation, contacts and weblinks provided on pages 2-4 of this document with information about what’s on, visit information and opening times.  For the main programmes, some venues sell tickets or have entry fees and others have free entry, but most have a mix of free as well as ticketed activities.  Activities that are ticketed usually offer age and disability related concessions and all venues offer free entry for a carer/companion if the person attending requires support.  Please check websites or with the venues directly for details, which will also have access information for those requiring additional support.

In addition, leading up to 1st October, Older People’s Day, we have worked with the Quality of Life Partnership and Elders Council to highlight some of the activities and events which are specifically tailored to or would be of interest to people who are over 50 or over 55, including some regular activities, some special events and offers for October and some events which are for people with additional needs, such as dementia friendly activities.

There is a brief summary on pages 2-4 of recommendations from our venues about regular and one off activities and special offers for older people.  This is included in the information about each of our venues and further details are provided in the appendix about the activities, what is involved, where they are and how to get involved or book places (pages 5-13). 

There should be something for everyone, as the recommendations include theatre groups, workshops and script reading,  a dance taster day and dance classes for the over 55s, an over 60s cinema club, tours and talks around exhibitions of contemporary art and museum collections, artist talks and even Halloween make up sessions. For music lovers, there is a huge programme of music making and learning activities for the over 60s and for the scientifically minded, science workshops and an exploration of DNA, as well as a wide range of activities and experiments in the science centre. There are also dementia friendly activities including cinema screenings and creative art workshops. 

Most of the venues also have cafes and places to socialise and we encourage people to enjoy the full range of facilities and activities on offer.

NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues are currently reviewing Equalities and Access approaches, good practice and areas for development across all our organisations, in particular relating to older people and people with disabilities.  Sharing learning and improvement plans will be developed from November 2015 and will be included as part of the continuous improvement we are committed to around equalities and diversity.