Bude and District U3A is a part of the national U3A organisation – a unique self-help learning movement for people no longer in full-time employment. We offer an opportunity for people to pursue shared interests in many subjects within a sociable environment. It aims to encourage ‘third agers’ to engage in educational, creative, and leisure activities at minimal cost by making use of the skills and knowledge of its members.

U3A in the UK started in 1982, and there are now nearly 1000 Branches affiliated with the Third Age Trust. National membership is currently over 300,000 and increases daily so you can be proud to be part of one of the fastest-growing organisations in the Country.

Please note that, due to Covid-19, our public gatherings are on-hold. What follows is what we do in ‘normal’ times….

We hold 10 OPEN MONTHLY MEETINGS a year with a Speaker.  They are held at 2.30 pm at the Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude on the 3rd Thursday of every month except October (our Annual General Meeting) and December (our Christmas Festivity).  These are free and include refreshments.  For information about our programme of speakers please go to the WHAT’S ON page of this website or look at our folder in Bude Library.

We also hold informal coffee mornings at The Weir Bistro on the 1st Friday of each month from 10:30 to 12:30, and at the Brendon Arms on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30 to 12 noon.

Visitors are welcome to come along to any of these meetings to learn more about what we do and to decide whether they would like to join us.

Friendship: A warm welcome awaits all new members of U3A. We actively seek new members

Encourage: Learning together is part of the ethos of U3A.

Contribute: Bring your life skills and experiences and let others gain from your insights

Arts & Crafts: We have many artists and creators among us. Have a look at some of our groups.

Travel: Our area has great places for visits and days out. Many of our groups explore the region.

Contact: Bude and District U3A email: budeu3a@gmail.com

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