Now in its’ third year, GrandFest, is even bigger and better than ever this summer. On Sunday 18th June, the one day festival is taking place at various restaurants, pubs and shops around Spitalfields, with a series of master classes – from crochet to preserve making and bread making to woodturning – hosted by our GrandMakers, all of whom are over 70.

The master classes are being held at different times throughout the day at venues including Geffrye Museum, Anthropologie, English Restaurant, The Ten Bells, Blixen, AGA London and Hanbury Hall, inspiring the younger generation to discover and learn new skills.

There are a variety of acts performing on the GrandFest stage in Bishops Square, Spitalfields, including the New Covent Garden Dance Orchestra, singing trio, Bella Donna Brigade, and talented swing dancing group, Swing Patrol, to entertain festival goers.


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The event is being supported by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder as part of their 40th anniversary year.

The Royal Voluntary Service is one of the biggest volunteer organisations in the UK, which supports over 100,000 older people each month. Through its army of 35,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Lunch and Dining Clubs, Exercise and Dance Classes and Books-on-Wheels, that help older people remain independent and connected with their local community. Royal Voluntary Service also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward support and Home from Hospital services and via its network of retail shops and cafes.

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