Activities at Thistle Hill Care Home

Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.

Enriching life
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Life-encriching activities booklet

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Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Thistle Hill Care Home

Honey steals the show!

Honey the dog stole the show as residents and guests enjoyed an afternoon of fun with a live performance that took place at the home.  Richard performed a medley of uplifting songs from Elvis, Frank Sinatra and The Carpenters to name but a few in the Memory Lane Café area of the home.

Residents joined in with the singing, and clapped along as Richard sang and honey performed her tricks.  After the performance residents enjoyed afternoon tea in the café and lots of cuddles with Honey.

Cook Off 2024

Staff and residents are celebrating because their wonderful Managing Director, Fiona Fagan, from Barchester’s North East and Scotland Division, has stepped completely out of her comfort zone to compete in the Barchester Charitable Foundation Cook Off 2024.

Fiona went head-to-head with the Managing Directors from Barchester’s four other divisions and cooked up a storm to raise a phenomenal £24,595 for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation which helps connect vulnerable people and those living with a disability to community groups in their local area by providing grants to improve mobility and quality of life.  Each year the Foundation distributes thousands of pounds to individuals, small community groups and charities across England, Scotland and Wales.  

Close encouters of the furry kind

Thistle Hill was full of doggy delight on a recent pet therapy visit to the home. Animals have a wonderful calming effect and the residents love to stroke them, talk to them and play with them.

The home was visited by Scrumpy and his owner, Christine who caused a great deal of excitement.  All of the residents enjoyed the visit, they petted and fed the dog who seemed to appreciate meeting new friends.

Residents enjoy silent disco

Thank you Pete Goldup - The Silent Disco DJ for giving us another wonderful afternoon of music and fun.

Pete, with his 40 pairs of headphones, projected music far beyond the main lounge areas and all the way into bedrooms, bringing the music and fun to the whole home.

Residents, visitors and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Birthday wishes!

It was a super busy day here at Thistle Hill, as we wished resident, Hazel a very happy birthday as we hosted a small birthday party before presenting her with a home-made cake especially made by the homes hospitality team accompanied by a rousing rendition of happy birthday! 

We also held our baking club and created a yummy coffee cake. 

Greenfingers in gardening club

Our residents here at Thistle Hill definitely have green fingers! As part of our regular and popular gardening club we planted the tomato, pepper and strawberry plants into a grow bag today. The tomatoes and strawberries are growing nicely and the pepper has flowers too.

We can't wait to see the results!

Upcoming events


Hello July! We extend a warm invitation for you to join us as we look forward to a fun filled month ahead. All welcome.


Let's make August magic with a fun filled month ahead - all welcome.

Could you be a Volunteer?

Do you have any spare time? Could you make a difference? For more information on Volunteering we would love to hear from you.

Carers Cafe - Last Tuesday of the month

Come along and make new friends, share experiences at our month Carers Cafe - last Tuesday of the month from 11.00 am. All welcome.

Emergency Services - Take a break on us!

Calling all emergency services personnel, come and take a break on us - enjoy a warm welcome, refreshing drink and a slice of cake!