Monthly Tea Dances at the Herbert will be ‘lifeline’ in tackling isolation among older generation

Get on your dancing shoes – the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is hosting monthly Tea Dances.

These retro afternoon social events will be a chance for participants to step back to a simpler time with nostalgic music and screened images from the 1940s.

Amid dancing, attendees can enjoy refreshments in the form of tea and biscuits, while chatting with others and making new friends.

The Tea Dances are open to all but have been designed to cater for those over 60. If you like the sound of the event but not the dancing side of things, you can simply sit and have a cuppa while soaking up the atmosphere.

Kathy Byrne is venue manager at the Herbert, she says events like these ‘can be a lifeline’ for people.

She said: “These events are a fun and wholesome opportunity for people to enjoy a dance and some timeless music from another era – all with a hot drink and some biscuits!

“But it’s also an opportunity for those from the older generation to get out, be active with some gentle exercise, meet new people and possibly even make friends.

“It’s very easy for older people to become isolated, particularly post-Covid when so many people slipped through the cracks.

“So events like these can really be a lifeline and we want to see people out, having fun, catching up with friends and making new ones.”

The Tea Dances are held monthly in The Studio at the Herbert. The next one will be on November 7 between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £4.50 per person but are £3.50 if you have a GoCV account which is free to all Coventry residents. Your ticket includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

There is no need to pre-book, simply turn up on the day. Find out more information here.