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The Retirement Show at Olympia

28/06/2008, By

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The second Retirement Show in London will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th July at London Olympia's Grand Hall. Around 8000 visitors are expected over two days, at the world's largest event for those who are retired, semi-retired or who aspire to retire.

The show - sponsored by Prudential - includes around 150 exhibitors, as well as a performance stage with belly-dancing and excerpts from the West End stage, all day have-a-go dancing and tai chi, live cookery demonstrations with Alex Mackay from Ready Steady Cook!, gardening with famous horticulturalist Roddy Llewellyn, and a live catwalk fashion show featuring mature models and clothes from sponsor Kaleidoscope.

Two seminar theatres will cover health matters, finance and property, as well as hobbies, making the most of your retirement and even how to organise your own funeral. The show also includes indoor bowls, live nude painting classes and free blood pressure and hearing checks.

Show director Dr Robert McCaffrey commented “Despite fears over fuel poverty, inflation and increased fear of crime, today’s older people are full of life and fun – it’s true that 80 is the new 60. The perception of some younger people is that retirement is just a waiting room for people who are waiting to pass away, but the Retirement Show really gives older people the opportunity to prove that ‘there’s life in the old dog yet.’

Visitors to the show seem to have boundless energy, the experience of a lifetime and a ‘never say die’ mentality. They often come with a group of friends and a picnic, they stay all day and they have a whale of a time. It just goes to prove that there’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle. ”

There is no upper age limit for visiting the show, and pre-registration is free.

18th to 19th July
The Retirement Show
Olympia Grand Hall
Hammersmith Road
London W14 8UX

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