Celebrating Age, Merton's fourth annual festival for the over-50s, starts this week with a busy programme of activities for the more mature leisure consumer.

Starting on Saturday, September 9, this collection of events has been organised by Age Concern Merton, with funding from Merton Council.

For anyone aged over 50 and frustrated by the lack of things to do in south-west London, Celebrating Age is the antidote.

"Many older people have no idea there are so many activities on their doorstep," said festival co-ordinator Sue Tickner, of Age Concern Merton.

"It's different for young people. They are out and about so they get to hear what's going on. It's more difficult for people who are retired, or spend much time at home."

Celebrating Age includes 120 events run by 80 Merton-based organisations.

From health and beauty classes, arts and crafts and local history to learning, entertainment and culture, there's plenty to see and do.

A key part of the festival is the free transport. Most events will be easily accessible, but anyone who cannot get there under their own steam can ring for a mini-bus.

Another important part of the festival is to bring different Merton communities together, with inter-generational activities such as a trip to Deen City Farm.

There will also be opportunities for people from different backgrounds to mix, especially at the international food fair and cultural day.

Festival programmes are available at libraries, churches, community centres and council offices throughout Merton. Numbers are restricted for most events. Call 020 8545 4712.

To book free transport call 020 8648 7727.