Challenge issued to Moray’s over-60s to try something new

Free activities for over-60s throughout the summer
Free activities for over-60s throughout the summer

CANOEING, CLIMBING AND BIKING are just three of the activities on offer to tempt over-60s to get out and about in Moray this summer.

Aimed in particular at those with a dash of adventure who are willing to have a go at activities they have never dreamed of doing until now, sessions have been organised by the Older People’s Development Team at Moray Council.

Lossiemouth-based outdoor activities group Outfit Moray are offering activity days with introductions to Canoeing (July 16), Climbing (August 20) and Biking (August 24) as well as a day-long nature walk and bush craft on August 31.

Anyone interested in joining these sessions should contact the Older People’s Development Team on 01343 567093.

Meanwhile Living Golf are providing ‘Let’s Play’ sessions where they say it is not about playing golf, but “living life to the full”. These unique sessions show how the sport can inspire healthy living, relaxation and making friends.

“It does not matter who you are, where you come from, what your age is – Golf is the only sport where we are all equal,” a Living Golf spokesman said. Sessions are available on July 16 and August 13 and 20 from 9.30am until 12.30pm – bookings can be made by calling Franz on 07570 139657.

Environmental charity Wild Things! are also joining the drive to encourage over-60’s activities in the Summit to Sea – Blue Gym sessions. These allow participants to discover new things about the world around them by exploring landscapes and habitats. It is also an opportunity to learn traditional skills such as weaving.

The Wild Things! sessions are being held every Friday with transport available from Elgin – bookings can be made by calling Laura Smith on 01309 690450.

Finally there are a series of activities at Newbould House in Forres, the Victorian walled garden run on organic, sustainable principles.

Tuesday’s at 10.30am will see Food Preserving sessions where participants can help collect and preserve the harvest, while on Saturday’s at 10am ‘Garden Tasters’ allows participants to meet the garden team for growing tips and discussions. Contact number for Newbould House is 01309 672659.

All of these activities are free of charge – for further information on the Older People’s Development Team at Moray Council call 01343 567093.