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. In the lists, the groups that are currently not active are shown in red.

Many groups meet in one another’s homes, providing a friendly background; others meet in venues around the region and here, too, you will be sure of a warm welcome.

There is no formal structure, no classroom atmosphere, but learning for the pleasure of learning is the name of this game.

For the most part, our groups are self-led while others, for example language groups, will have an experienced teacher; all of them are informal, inspired and enthused by their members.

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

You can go along to any group once, as a ‘taster’ before deciding whether to join it.

The Groups Organiser Team will always be delighted to hear from you, and we are happy to offer help and advice, so browse through the lists of groups, read about the groups that interest you, and enjoy your membership. If any group you want to join is full, ask the group leader 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.

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