Actvities for People Aged Over 55

We offer an exciting range of activities for people aged over 55 at the Branksome Centre, Recreation Road, BH12 2EA.

There's no need to book, just turn up to play and enjoy yourself.

Walking Football

Mondays 10am-11am

Walking football is an increasingly popular form of the game and is designed to help people maintain an active lifestyle. It also enables people to get back into football who had previously stopped due to age or injury. Here at the Branksome Centre it’s a non-competitive, relaxed and fun session delivered on by AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust, and it’s free!

Stretch & Relax

Mondays 2pm-3pm

This session of gentle yet thorough movements and useful exercise routines help us energise our bodies, maintain good health and vitality, and develop mind-body-breath awareness. It’s £5 for a session.

Table Tennis

Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Table tennis (also known as ping pong) is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small bat. It's a great way to get active and places very little stress on the limbs. We have three tables and plenty of bats and balls. Sessions are held every Tuesday and costs just £2 per person. All abilities welcome.

Short Mat Bowls

Thursdays 1:30pm-3pm

Short mat bowls is an indoor sport in which players attempt to score points by rolling a heavy ball along a flat carpet to get their bowls nearer to the jack than their opponents. The game is a modern variation on lawn bowls, from which the game is derived. Played in teams, it's a very social game. It costs just £2 to play.

Knit for Charity

Thursday 10am-11am

The Branksome Centre invites you to join us to 'Knit for Charity'. Enjoy our warm friendly environment while knitting for the charity of your choice. For those who have never knitted before, come and have a go, there will be helpers around! Wool and knitting needles can be provided. It's free to attend.

Chi Kung

Fridays 10am-11am; 6:30pm-7:30pm

Chi Kung (also know as Qigong) is an ancient Chinese exercise system which has its origins in Chinese medicine, oriental philosophy and martial arts. Chi Kung emphasizes the importance of relating breathing to physical movement. It is a low intensity class and very accessible. No prior experience is needed. At the Branksome Centre, the cost for this class is £5.

Bingo Social

Fridays 7:30pm-9pm

Enjoy our Bingo Social at the end of the week. We play six lines, and if you haven't played before, don't worry because help is on hand. It's also a sociable session with a break half way through for hot drinks. Entrance is free, you only pay for your bingo tickets.

If the timing of classes does not suit you or you would like to see another activity on offer, please let us know and we can try to arrange additional sessions. We aim to respond to community demand and would be happy to hear from you.


Our telephone number is 01202 920947. Alternatively please email:


A full programme of Branksome Centre activities can be downloaded here.


For details on how to find the Branksome Centre, please click here.

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