It's not all pipe and slippers...!

When you think of retirement, you might think of lazy days, pottering around wearing slippers, catching up on daytime TV and letting the time drift by. However, you might also think of the possibilities that retirement opens up to you after a lifetime of hard graft.

Now you have the chance to do all those things that you always wanted to do, but never had the time to do when you were working. But where do you start?

One good place to start to make the most of your retirement is at The Retirement Show. You might think that a show about retirement is not for you, but you will be surprised. The Retirement Show is an action-packed, fun-filled day out that you will want to recommend to your friends. It will certainly give you plenty of good ideas about how to enjoy your 'golden years' - whatever your budget.

The Retirement Show - established in the 'good old days' (2007) - takes place at London's Olympia Grand Hall on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July, 10am-5pm. The show has grown over the years and attracts well over 8000 visitors over two days, as well as up to 130 exhibitors. Many visitors come and attend on both days of the show, since there's so much to see and do.

Show director Dr Robert McCaffrey says, "The Retirement Show has many activities for visitors to try, including all-day dancing sessions, t'ai chi, yoga, art classes and laughter workshops, as well as cookery demonstrations, fashion shows, gardening question time and many interesting and useful seminars. There's also a major exhibition at the show, so if you want to find out about travel, holidays, saving money or even the secrets of eternal youth, you'll find it at The Retirement Show."

Dr McCaffrey continues, "Our visitors range from those in their mid-40s to those in their 90s, but what always impresses me is their lust for life and their vitality. They also know how to enjoy themselves, and they seem to let their hair down when they come to the show. Visitors always tell us how surprised they were at all the different features at the show, and what a great day out they've had. My top tips to enjoy the day are to wear comfortable shoes, come with a friend, bring a picnic and a flask (what you put in the flask is up to you) and plan to stay the whole day."

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