Matinee Mingle Launch

LinkAge Network CEO Jo Stokes attended the launch of this season’s Matinee Mingles on Wednesday 25 September.

LinkAge Network and The Bristol Hippodrome teamed up to run the Matinee Mingle scheme, which brings together lone theatre-goers aged 60 and above before certain matinee performances, giving them the chance to make new friends, meet like-minded people and enjoy a complimentary hot drink.

Jo Stokes of LinkAge Network said:

“LinkAge Network is delighted to be working with The Bristol Hippodrome to run the Matinee Mingle. Going to the theatre is one of life’s pleasures; going with friends is even better! Matinee Mingle is here to offer solo theatre-goers aged 60+ the chance to meet others before a performance.”

Left to right: Kurtis Reece, PR & Brand Executive at National Friendly, Naomi Kilcoyne, Sales and Development Manager at The Bristol Hippodrome, Sarah Walker, Marketing and Communications Assistant at The Bristol Hippodrome and Jo Stokes, Chief Executive at LinkAge Network.

Bristol-based insurer National Friendly is now supporting these social events in a bid to reach a wider audience and help tackle the growing issue of loneliness amongst the elderly in the local community.

Ben Phillips, Theatre Director at The Bristol Hippodrome, said:

“The number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/6 and so we are thrilled to continue working in partnership with National Friendly, LinkAge Network and Age UK to ensure we are reaching out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community through our Matinee Mingle.

“The Bristol Hippodrome is proud to be doing its part to help alleviate the isolation and loneliness older people can experience. We hope these regular social meet-ups can enable like-minded people to chat, laugh, share memories and make new friends.”

Keep your eyes peeled for this week’s Mendip Times, where you’ll find a feature about the Matinee Mingle!

The Matinee Mingle is free to attend and takes place an hour before selected mid-week matinee performances in The Bristol Hippodrome’s Piano Bar. Members need to purchase their ticket for the show they wish to see at the discounted mid-week matinee rate by calling 0844 871 3012*, at or popping into the Box Office. If you or someone you know would like to join please contact Sarah Walker on 0117 302 3310 (option 5) or at

* Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge