30th April & 1st May 2021 : now available on catch-up

The world’s only Menopause Festival returned in online format this year, which means that you can buy a “Catch-Up” ticket for the daytime events, giving you:

  • A link to listen to the recordings until June 30th 2021
  • Slides to download
  • List of useful links

#FlushFest2021 is sponsored by Lindsays and Rowan Consultancy

Programme last updated: 14th March 2021

Friday 30th April

12 noon

  • Menopause Marketplace with exhibitors

12.30pm – 5 pm

Menopause at Work Seminar
  • Festival Opening
  • “Menopause at Work” by Prof Jo Brewis, Head of Department, People and Organizations, The Open University Business School, co-author of the 2017 government report The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK
  • Kate Wyatt, employment lawyer, partner at  Lindsays
  • Darron Dupre, Regional Organiser UNISON Cymru Wales
  • Hilary Baxter Theatre based on Croydon Council women experiencing menopause at work
  • Kelly Innes, Wellbeing Lead for the CIPD Mid Scotland Branch
  • Group discussions, sharing good practice
  • Panel discussion with Q & A speakers plus Ruth Devlin, author of “Men … Let’s Talk Menopause”

Delegates will be sent sample menopause policies and guidance for managers

7.30pm

Stand-up comedy: “All Change” with Pauline Eyre and Red Velvet Revelry Slightly Steamy Storytelling with Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty


Saturday 1st May

9am onwards

  • Menopause Marketplace with exhibitors

9.30am

Keynote Speaker: Sam Bunch writer, interviewer, TEDx speaker and author of “Menopause – A Hot Topic”

10.45am

Dr Heather Currie, Associate Specialist Gynaecologist,
Founder of Menopause Matters Limited, past Chair of British Menopause Society.   

12pm

Lunch break with opportunities to chat with exhibitors and fellow participants, join a Menopause Cafe or take a screen break

1pm

Parallel Workshops

  • Fatchance Belly Dance with Liz Box
  • “Find your Voice” with Pauline Eyre
  • Poetry workshop with Patricia Ace
  • Yoga with Carol Barbieri
  • “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for hot flushes and night sweats” with Dr Melanie Smith

2.30pm

Tea Break

3 – 4.15pm

Parallel Workshops

  • Fatchance Belly Dance with Liz Box
  • “Find your Voice” with Pauline Eyre
  • Yoga with Carol Barbieri
  • “Nutrition for a Healthy and Happy Menopause” with Jackie Lynch
  • A Poetry workshop with Patricia Ace

4.15 – 5pm

Q&A with the speakers

7.30 – 9pm

Entertainment: Cabaret presented by Elspeth Murray of Silver Sisters


FlushFest Evening Entertainment

Friday 30th April – Comedy and Slightly Steamy Storytelling

“All Change” with Pauline Eyre

Pauline is caring for her kids and her elderly Mum. When everything changes and nobody needs her anymore, will there be any Pauline left? An hour of laughs and truths from a comedian in the midst of a midlife crisis.

After a sold-out run of ‘beautifully crafted stand-up comedy’ (audience review) in Edinburgh 2019, Pauline’s first hour-long show All Change has been described by online audiences as:

“Humour, nostalgia, laughter and tears all in one show….. and an education in the Menopause”

“Best way to have spent an hour in the last year!”

“I laughed throughout & yet my pelvic floor’s stronger than ever!”

Switching between high mirth and poignant moments nicely, there is a constant stream of laughter as she talks about “the change”. 

Simon Topping, The Reviews Hub
Red Velvet Revelry

Join “Revel Sisters” and Peri-Menopals Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty for an evening celebrating women and their sexuality, through stories, personal reflections, songs and poems and the power of knowing laughter.

Saturday 1st May – Cabaret presented by Elspeth Murray

Hosted by Queen Mistress of Ceremonies and founder of Silver Sisters facebook phenomenon, Elspeth Murray, FlushFest Cabaret features a sizzling lineup of performers: seasoned and sparkling singer songwriters, theatre makers, comedians, storytellers and spoken word performers. Starring Karine Polwart, multi-award winning Scottish songwriter and musician, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2018. Find out more