The national day for older people

Silver Sunday is a day dedicated to older people and takes place on 2 October.

Initially launched as a local campaign to tackle loneliness and isolation, Silver Sunday now takes place across the UK with hundreds of fun and free activities at which older people can make new friends, try new activities and connect with other generations in their local communities.

Simply put, it is a day for older people to enjoy themselves – and given the past two years, I believe this is more important now than ever.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Silver Sunday. Over the years, we have been hugely grateful to have received so much support and enthusiasm from so many local authorities. 

Last year, saw our first ever Silver Sunday Dog Show in Paddington; a programme of more than 100 events for ‘Silver Salisbury’; young volunteers supporting the annual ‘Great Elderly Tea Party’ in Lancashire; creative classes at Hampton Court Palace; and scouts from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, delivering handmade gifts to local care homes.

“The smiles and happy faces inspire me to host the event”

Our ambition for 2022 is for over 2,000 Silver Sunday events across the country, and I am asking for your help in achieving this. 

The most important way a council can take part is by urging local businesses, charities, community groups and volunteers to get behind Silver Sunday and organise, or host, events on or around 2 October.

Alternatively, you could host one yourselves! As Cllr Mimi Harker OBE (Con, Buckinghamshire) says:

“The smiles and happy faces inspire me to host the event.

I would encourage everyone to think about hosting a Silver Sunday event in their town, parish, club, or organisation. It is such a worthwhile thing to do, and leaves you walking on air for the rest of the year while you plan the next one!”

We would be thrilled if you felt able to take part, and it would be great to see you on our national map of events. 


Download our free info pack and event toolkit, follow us on Twitter or email us at


Video hearings extend access to justice

Recruiting local government’s future leaders