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Published: 09/10/2014

Discover tips and techniques to keep your mind and body active as a number of health and wellbeing themed events take place across the district over the next few days as part of South Gloucestershire’s Discover Festival.

We are holding an informal event for World Mental Health Day in Bradley Stoke on Friday 10 October to provide practical advice and information about mental health. The event will be held at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre from 10.30am to 2pm and will offer visitors the opportunity to try out various sporting activities that help lift the mood, including table tennis, badminton, swimming and exercise classes.

The physical activity sessions will be followed by talks about mental health and associated issues from a range of experts. Throughout the event there will be a marketplace of stalls and information available so you can find out what’s happening locally and where you can go for help and support. The event will also feature the South Gloucestershire Carers Choir who will be performing uplifting songs.

Other events taking place over the next few days include a practical session to help you get to grips with your smartphone, tablet or digital camera at Staple Hill Library on Saturday 11 October, from 1pm to 4pm. There’s a chance to have a go at yoga at Downend Library on Sunday 12 October, from 10.30am to 11.30am, tickets cost £2. You can also try out some gentle exercise with the Alzheimer’s Society Sports & Social club at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre on Monday 13 October, from 10am to 1pm.

These are just a small selection of hundreds of opportunities to discover something new in South Gloucestershire during the festival which runs from 11 September to 31 October.

Throughout the festival residents will get the chance to explore the great outdoors through wild walks, owl prowls, bat walks and conservation days; get active with country dancing, Tai Chi and walks; discover great local produce at taster events, open days and seasonal Apple Day events. You can also discover your creative side and have a go at stained glass design, jewellery making or portrait drawing.

Now in its third year, the Discover Festival offers a unique opportunity for residents to find out what makes South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work. South Gloucestershire Council organises the festival with events run by the council, local residents, community groups and businesses. Over 150 events are free, for others there is a small fee. Booking is essential for some of our most popular events such as bat walks and owl prowls.

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