Seniors Festival


Wellbeing Expo

When: Tuesday the 28 March

Where: Ashfield Town Hall, Civic Centre - 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield

  • Learn about what’s available locally to support your health and wellbeing.
  • Try something like zentangle  or easy stretches.
  • See what the Women's Shed has to offer and join in the fun.
  • Listen to a choir and the Ukulele and see the Council staff about joining any courses.
  • Local service providers will be available to answer your questions and you might even be able to have a free blood pressure check!
  • Ask someone about Health and fitness, help at home, home modifications or social activities.

For further information please call 9335 2143.


Seniors Festival 2017

Logo snippedThe NSW Seniors Festival, previously known as Seniors week, will run from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 March in 2017. The 2017 theme is "Let's do more together."

Who is NSW Seniors Festival for?

  • people over 60
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 50
  • people over 50 that have a lifelong disability

What's happening in the inner west

The Inner West Council is pleased to announce a range of activities across the Local Government Area in 2017. For all activities, priority will be given to inner west senior residents.

You can download the 2017 Seniors Festival Brochure (PDF 1.8MB) here for all the events.

Mini bus tours

We want to celebrate our great facilities and activities across the inner west and are hosting some bus trips as a taster. Details are listed below about where to catch the mini bus. For all bus trips bring your own water and sun protection.

6 March 10am - 1pm
  • Visit the three Men’s Sheds in the area and enjoy a light lunch at one of the sheds
  • Pick up at Leichhardt Marketplace at 9:30am (see map section for location of pick up)
  • RSVP and to discuss access requirement call 9335 2143, Telephone interpreter service 131 450
6 March 2pm - 5pm
  • Visit the Annette Kellerman and Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centres
  • Talk to a personal trainer at the outdoor gym and enjoy afternoon tea 
  • Pick up at 1:30pm from Petersham Service Centre (see map section for location of pick up).
  • RSVP and to discuss access requirement call 9335 2143, Telephone interpreter service 131 450
8 March 10am - 1pm
  • Visit Camperdown Commons
  • Explore the pocket city farm with a guide
  • Enjoy morning tea
  • Pick up at 9:30am at either Ashfield Mall or Leichhardt Marketplace (see map for locations)
  • RSVP and to discuss access requirement call 9335 2143, Telephone interpreter service 131 450

International Women's Day - Twilight Supper

Inner West Council and Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre present a twilight supper to celebrate International Women's Day. The year's theme is "Be Bold for Change".

IWDWhen: Wednesday 8 March 5pm - 7.30pm
Where: Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt
For registration and additional information visit the website or call Josie on 9367 9255

The festivities include:

  • A light supper with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine
  • MC Julie McCrossin and speakers on the topic of creating change and gender equality
  • Performance by Older Women's Network celebrating 30 years


Celebration lunch - Thursday 9 March

TheatreWhen: 10.30am (registration from 10am) - 1.30pm
Where: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road (near the library and the corner of Petersham Rd), Marrickville. Parking is limited so consider public or private transport.
RSVP: Call 9335 2143 or email - don't delay as you might miss out

This year the festivities include:

  • Theatre, Salsa and ‘Songs from Next Door’ and the Wurlitzer organ - join in for a tune or two
  • A delicious free lunch
  • Limited transport available from Ashfield and Leichhardt pick up points (see map for location). For residents who live in the Petersham/Marrickville service centre area, please discuss access requirements when booking.

Come along and check it out... you don’t need to know anyone.

Rusty Riders for Seniors bicycle skills course

Rusty ridersWhen: Sunday 5 March, 9.00am - 1.30pm
Where: Tempe Recreational Reserve
RSVP: Call Cameron on 9392 5502 or use Eventbrite to register online and find out lots more about this program

The Rusty Riders Seniors Course is tailored for those over the age of 60 who haven't ridden for a while and just need the confidence to start riding more regularly - whether for fun, fitness or to begin getting around their neighbourhood. This course is designed for those who know how to ride but need better bike handling skills before contemplating a ride on the road. The course runs at a slower pace and develops the skills and confidence required to be an effective bike rider.

There is information about what to bring, where to meet and for anything else here.

Sustainability and environment

Propagation workshop and minibus tour

Propagation 2

When: Saturday the 4th March, 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Where: Marrickville Community Nursery, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
RSVP: Call to register on 9335 2222

  • Learn how to propagate native plants from cuttings
  • Includes a mini bus tour, take home kit, course notes and afternoon tea
  • Visit the website for the brochure  (PDF 1.7MB)and additional information

Treading Lightly: Pests, Predators & Parasites in the Garden

Community gardens herbs sign 360x284When: Saturday 4 March, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Where: Whites Creek Cottage, 31 White Street, Lilyfield
RSVP: This is a free event that requires registration. Please register online through Eventbrite.

Observe and identify what flies and crawls around your garden. You'll learn how to attract the beneficials, and when and why the 'others' are likely to appear. The growth of a plant will be used as a guide.

Starting in the Whites Creek Cottage, this workshop will move out into the Whites Creek Community Food Forest where you'll have the chance to put your newly-learned skills into practice.

More information available from the Inner West Council website here.


Marrickville library - Drop in to see a free film on Friday 10 March. No bookings required. Visit the website for details about the films on offer.

Ashfield library

Leichhardt library - Come and learn to code, how to draw a portrait, or join us for a book trivia and high tea or a free film showing. Bookings are required for all events. Visit the what's on page for more information.


There will be free entry to the local pool during seniors festival for inner west seniors: 3-12 March inclusive. For a complete list of local pools, visit our website.




Follow the links below to find contact details and services in your area: