Remember Me

Remember Me 2018
Wednesday 16 May 

11am – 4pm

A Dementia Arts Festival ran by The Courtyard’s Creative Ageing team.

This May sees the return of the Courtyard’s annual Dementia Arts festival – Remember Me. In its seventh year, this day long festival celebrates the wonderful creativity of people living with dementia across the county. This fun filled day aims to not only raise awareness about dementia, but to allow people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to come together for an enjoyable day at The Courtyard!

The day offers a great opportunity for people living with dementia to get involved in many aspects of what The Courtyard provides as a community venue. Carers are able to share experiences and ideas, with professionals and volunteers coming together to network and offer information and advice.

To celebrate 250 years of circus, this year’s festival has a distinctly Big Top vibe! Visitors will have the chance to take part in creative workshops including our new Music Makers project, or take a turn on the dance floor with Miss Kitty at her Spectacular Tea Dance, and you can even have a go at being an aerial artists on our accessible silk hammock Why not give it a go and capture that feeling of flying through the air with the greatest of ease!

All sessions are free and places can be booked on the day. Event start at 11am and the day will finish at 4pm.


Programme of the day

FREE EVENT – All activities are free to attend, however some have limited spaces which you can sign up to on the day.

Herefordshire Care Homes Choir | 11am
Kicking off our festival in style, the Herefordshire Care Homes Choir will do a short performance of their favourite hits.

The Big Draw | 11am – 4pm
Come along at any point in the day and draw with our artists! This live drawing event is aimed at anyone who wants to get involved in drawing the most colourful picture The Courtyard has  reated! Everyone is welcome and the activity is open to all ages and abilities; come along at any time for a fun day of drawing.

Creative Community Champions | Info & Workshop | 11am – 4pm
See how you can get involved in our hugely popular community mentoring initiative that will provide training and resources for groups working with older people. You can also join in the craft workshops running throughout the day.

Music Pool Sing-A-Long | 12pm – 1pm
A real hit last year, this one hour session is an opportunity to sing together in a fun, relaxed environment.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions | 1pm & 3pm
As the first Arts Centre to be part of the Dementia Action Alliance we have been providing our staff and volunteers with the chance to attend a Dementia Friends information session for the last 5 years. This 45 minutes session is about understanding a little more about dementia, and the ways you can help.

Miss Kitty’s Spectacular Tea Dance | 1pm – 4pm
Miss Kitty and her spectacular tea dance are returning to Remember Me! Music, tea, cake & dancing! Plus a short performance by a local Chance to Dance group. This is kindly supported by Glencora Fund and Herefordshire Community Foundation.

Music Making with Beat Bang Bong | Taster Session | 2pm – 3.30pm
Come and play with Beat Bang Bong; our regular music session for people living with dementia and their carers. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat afterwards, and it’s not too loud! This event is kindly supported by Welsh Water’s Community Fund.

Aerial Hammock | All day
Celebrating 250 years of circus, The Courtyard has teamed up with Artspace Cinderford to provide this wonderful opportunity. Trained circus artists use their accessible aerial silk hammock to give visitors the chance to enjoy the beauty and freedom of a circus.


A large number of The Courtyard’s front of house staff and stewards have received Dementia Awareness Training which covers the nature of dementia, the challenges those with dementia face and communication. This day is largely made a success due to the way staff welcome and support everybody to engage in the day’s activities.

This event run by The Courtyard in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society. It has been made possible through kind funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

For more information please contact the Creative Ageing Team.

Tel: 01432 346535 Email: aop@courtyard.org.uk