Join a group

Groups are the core activity of any U3A.

Some of our groups continue to operate online, usually using Zoom whilst other groups have restarted face to face.


All of our Interest Groups are informal, inspired and enthused by their members. There is no formal structure, and no classroom atmosphere; it’s all about learning for the pleasure of learning.

For the most part, our groups are led by volunteer Group Coordinators, who are also members. Many groups meet in one another’s homes, providing a friendly background; others meet online or in venues around the area and here, too, you will be sure of a warm welcome.

Choosing a group

Check the lists of groups on this page: browse through them, then click on the titles to find more about any groups that interest you. Perhaps you would enjoy revisiting an earlier skill or hobby, or trying something completely new?

You’ll find contact details of the Group Coordinators on each group’s own page, and contacting them is your next step. You can go along to any group once as a ‘taster’ before deciding whether to join it. And if any group you want to join is full, ask the Group Coordinator to put you on a waiting list and to let you know if a space comes free. If several members want to join a full group, we will try to set up a parallel group.

Our website is regularly updated with information on groups, so keep checking these pages and you won’t miss anything!


If you’d like any help or advice, our Welcome Team will always be delighted to hear from you. The Welcome Team can be contacted at:

New Groups

We are always delighted to hear from anyone who is keen to lead a group – you don’t need special expertise in most instances, and we are always on hand with support and advice to get you on your way. Being a group leader is enjoyable: you make firm friends, and get the satisfaction of greater involvement with our U3A. ​ Contact our Group Organiser’s Team to get started.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

 – Henry Ford

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

- Helen Keller

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

– B. B. King