Refreshers is an annual festival at Farnham Maltings designed especially for those who have retired, or are approaching retirement, to find new connections and fresh inspiration.

Taking the model of a typical university freshers fair, Refreshers showcases a wide range of clubs, societies, organisations and companies each with diverse opportunities for those living in and around Farnham.

Retirement doesn’t have to mean a time to start slowing down, it can be a fantastic chance to take up a range of new hobbies, learn something new and give a little time back to the community.

Refreshers is organised as part of Farnham Maltings’ Arts & Health programme and in collaboration with Meet Me at the Maltings. For more details, please visit

2018 festival

Refreshers will next be held on Monday 26 February, 2018 at Farnham Maltings. This is a free, non-ticketed event and open to everyone (no matter what your age!). If you would like to be kept up to date with information about who’s attending and the workshop timetable, then sign up here:

Refreshers Fair sign up

Sign up to be kept up to date with exhibitors and workshops at Refreshers Fair

Exhibitor applications are now open for Refreshers 2018 (we want Refreshers to be the best festival that it can be, so we’re now extended the deadline. Please get in touch with for more information).

2017 exhibitors

Age UK Surrey
Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet Camera Club
Aldershot Floral Design Club
Butterfly Conservation (Hampshire & Isle of Wight branch)
CARE Farnham
Cobbett’s Way Decorative and Fine Arts Society
FAOS Musical Theatre Group
Farnham & District Model Railway Club
Farnham & District Ramblers
Farnham and District Museum Society
Farnham Area Timebank
Farnham ASSIST
Farnham Brass Band
Farnham Decorative and Fine Art Society
Farnham Geological Society
Farnham in Bloom
Farnham Leisure Centre
Farnham Lions Club
Farnham Local Food
Farnham Town Council
Farnham U3A
Friends of Farnham Park
Guildford Cathedral
John Pinkerton Canal Cruises and Basingstoke Canal Society
Make A Wish Foundation
Maltings Sound Vault radio project
Meet Me at the Maltings
Museum of Farnham
New Adventures & Re:Bourne
Performers Together CIC
Right at Home
The Bishop’s Meadow Trust
The Bourne Conservation Group
The Farnham Society
The Guildford Institute
The Woodlarks Centre
TLC Befriending and Therapies (hospice services at home TLC)
Voluntary Action South West Surrey
Waverley Countryside Ranger
Waverley Hoppa Community Transport
West Surrey Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers