Local care home treats residents to Treasure Island theatre trip

16 January 2024

Staff at Ashley House Bupa Care Home in Cirencester took residents on a trip to Barn Theatre to see Treasure Island.

The idea came from the son of resident, Beryl, thinking it’s a wheelchair-friendly activity that residents of all abilities would enjoy. The activities team at Ashley House thought this would be a great way to bring in the new year and involve residents in more community events.

A total of 27 people from Ashley House, including 12 residents, staff, a volunteer, and some family members, attended the matinee performance of Treasure Island and all relished the experience. Some of the residents were even lucky enough to meet the cast after the curtains closed.

Resident, Bob Owen, 85, shared his thoughts on the performance: “The show was great; acting, singing and music - they should be on the London stage!”

Isabel, who attended with her mum, Pat, said: “It was a great experience and no mean feat for the care home to successfully manage a trip for 27 people. Amazing work from the Ashley House team, as always. It was lovely to see residents engaged, laughing, and clapping along.”

Annie Ruddick, the care home’s dedicated Resident Experience Manager, added: “The cast were so good and it was very well directed. The singing, sound effects, costumes, array of instruments the cast played, and humour we’re all fantastic. I honestly couldn’t fault it! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and are keen to return to Barn Theatre, so we will do our best to make this a regular activity for our residents.”

Ashley House Bupa Care Home is situated in Cirencester and welcomes residents in need of nursing or residential care including those living with Parkinson’s. For further information, please visit

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