Grandfest to return to London this summer

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UK: This summer will see the return of GrandFest, a one-day mini festival set in the heart of East London. Presented by older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service, GrandFest celebrates the heritage skills of talented older people, who will be in residence on June 5 to share their skills with younger generations.

GrandFest will, yet again, be showcasing lost skills in a series of masterclasses in and around Spitalfields Market. From breadmaking to crochet and dressmaking to woodturning, this festival is expected to be even bigger and better than last year, taking over nearby cafes, shops and museums.

These fun and interactive masterclasses will continue the resurgence of people wanting to discover and learn new skills. GrandFest’s very own GrandMakers, all over 70, will be sharing fountains of knowledge and inspiring a younger generation, what better way to spend a lazy Sunday.

These masterclasses get booked quickly, last year’s event sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. 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.