Event Ideas

One of the best ways to find inspiration for your Silver Sunday event is to look at our Silver Sunday 2018 Gallery and Video Stories page full of brilliantly diverse themes, locations, activities and audiences. There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Silver Sunday event!

Whether you are a large charity, local organisation or you just have an older neighbour who you would like to show your appreciation for, the opportunities for Silver Sunday activities are endless.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking…

Special events

Get creative and host a one-off spectacular:

  • Take over a restaurant or shopping centre with a Silver Sunday ‘Flashmob’ routine
  • Attempt a world record for the biggest ever afternoon tea or conga line
  • Hold an all-day bingo-a-thon
  • Host a Strictly Come Dancing contest with a local dance group
  • Ask a local school to make ‘Silver Sunday’ cards and organise a visit to a local care home to deliver them
  • Organise an outdoor silver film screening
  • Host a Bake-Off with a ‘Silver Sunday Showstopper’ competition and invite a local celebrity to be a guest judge
  • Hold a ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ competition with a ‘Make Do and Mend’ theme
  • Host a competition – ask the local scouts or cadets to design a Silver Sunday card / poem / song and offer a prize for the winner
  • Have a 60s themed disco

Make it seasonal

Think about other events that are happening in October and Autumn, for example:

  • Host a Thanksgiving themed lunch with turkey and all the trimmings
  • Run a Halloween-themed craft class to make decorations or outfits
  • Offer a Diwali cookery class
  • Organise a ‘How To Make Christmas Pudding’ workshop
  • Host an ‘X Factor’ karaoke competition

Wine and dine

Hold a themed lunch/brunch or cookery class:

  • Host a Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Organise a Cheese and Wine event
  • Offer a cooking class such as ‘How to Make Pad Thai’ or ‘Basic Cooking Skills’
  • Hold a Sausage and Mash lunch
  • Have a special prosecco picnic
  • Ask a local pub to host a Silver Sunday Quiz and Sunday Roast lunch
  • Host a chocolate tasting party

 Relaxation

Quieter activities could be followed with a free cup of tea to add a social element:

  • Ask a local beauty salon or hairdresser to offer mini treatments such as hand and arm massages, manicures or haircuts
  • Hold a meditation/prayer session
  • Offer Pilates or Yoga classes

 

Take a trip

Organise a trip to an interesting place or landmark, such as:

  • The seaside
  • A farm/zoo
  • Gardens
  • A castle or monument
  • National Trust sites
  • Ask a local theatre, cinema or museum if they can offer free tickets for senior citizens

 

Arts and crafts

Activities which offer a chance to be creative are always popular:

  • Offer a life drawing class
  • Hold a ‘pottery for beginners’ session
  • Host a ‘Make a 1920s flapper headpiece’ workshop
  • Learn how to screen-print a t-shirt
  • Organise a ‘How to Make Bunting’ or ‘How to Make a Pom Pom’ class (Youtube has some great tutorials for beginners if you are not an expert)
  • Hold a colouring-in session to make a group Silver Sunday artwork
  • Run a ‘Calligraphy Basics’ class

Get sporty

Activities which encourage guests to get active can have a number of benefits. You could:

  • Hold a crazy golf tournament
  • Organise a team distance challenge, e.g. ‘Row to Loch Ness’ on a rowing machine, or ‘Jog to Big Ben’ on a treadmill
  • Host a game of walking football at a local football ground
  • Go rambling
  • Get some pom poms and choreograph a fun cheerleading routine
  • Run swimming or bicycle lessons
  • Have a team darts competition
  • Offer a Tai Chi class
  • Get active with a Wii bowling or tennis competition
  • Learn to salsa lessons
  • Have a croquet match
  • Organise a cycle ride along a local river
  • Offer a fitness class such as Zumba or Aqua Aerobics

Popular party themes:

  • Hollywood/Oscars
  • 1930s
  • 1940s
  • Rock ‘n’ roll
  • The Royals
  • Country and Western
  • Circus
  • Lipstick and Pearls
  • Masquerade Ball
  • Pearly Kings and Queens
  • Mods and Rockers
  • Beatles and Stones
  • Cockney
  • Bollywood

 

Learn a new skill

Practical training classes could include:

  • Run an I.T session such as ‘Learn how to use Facebook’ or ‘Smartphones for Beginners’
  • Offer basic literacy/numeracy classes
  • Host an acting workshop
  • Offer self-defence talk or workshop
  • Organise an ‘Ask the Master’ session where older people can show younger people a key skill, such as sewing or bookbinding

Keep it simple

Something simple which shows your appreciation for an older person can also make a huge difference:

  • Bake a Silver Sunday cake and deliver it an older neighbour
  • Write them a card
  • Pop in and see them for a cup of tea
  • Invite them for lunch or dinner
  • Have a coffee morning at a local café

Do you have more ideas which you would like to share with us? Let us know at info@silversunday.org.uk.