Silver Sunday

Find out more about this annual programme of events and activities for borough residents who are 65+ and their families and carers.

Silver Sunday 2018

Celebrating the contribution that older people make

This year Silver Sunday falls on 7 October and will celebrate the contribution that older people make in the community with a two week long programme of activities and events from 2 to 13 October.

Older residents can meet new people, try out new activities, have fun, stay active and involved in their communities and invite someone to accompany them if they wish, such as a relative or carer.

Special events

Organisations and community groups across the borough are hosting an exciting range of special activities and events such as:

  • dancing with the English National Ballet, and discovering what goes on behind the scenes
  • arts and crafts workshops at the Mosaic Rooms, Saatchi Gallery, Brompton Hospital and the Design Museum, and a drawing workshop at Holland Park School
  • two exciting workshops; 'Gadget Drop-in' and 'Brain Balance and Biology', both delivered by the Science Museum and Open Age
  • learning about plants at the Chelsea Physic Garden
  • a guided tour of Brompton Cemetery (see the results of the recently completed restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds)
  • handling pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum's silver collection
  • finding out about the pioneering work being done at the Royal Marsden Hospital
  • getting pampered at a Health and Well-being Day at Al-Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre - try out a pilates or acupuncture session, or treat yourself to a manicure or a massage 
  • dialling in to the weekly Open Age Phone Club from the comfort of your own home
  • exploring 18 Stafford Terrace - a unique example of a late Victorian townhouse
  • singing at Leighton House - the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Lord Leighton
  • watching the Twin Swing Sisters and a special performance by Opera Holland Park at Our Lady of Victories Parish Centre over afternoon tea

Cllr Gerard Hargreaves, Lead Member for Communities and Culture, said: “The Silver Sunday programme is a great way to showcase the many activities available throughout the year to help older residents stay active and involved. I would also like to thank all of the organisations who are hosting a wonderful range of special events during Silver Sunday week.”

Open Age

To complement the special events Open Age will host a range of activities during the week which are part of their annual programme. This will include a Phone Club enabling residents who are housebound to join in from the comfort of their own homes. Find out more on the Open Age website.

Events in Westminster

Residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are also invited to some events being held in Westminster such as a Sunday Service at the Guards Chapel with the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, or a walking football tournament - a slower version of the beautiful game, courtesy of the Chelsea FC Foundation at the Pimlico Academy.

Full events programme and bookings

Silver Sunday brochure 2018 [PDF] (file size 2.52 MB)

Most activities and events are free of charge and some will need to be booked in advance.

Further information

Open Age will be managing all enquiries about the Silver Sunday programme and can be contacted at or 020 8962 5500.