Welcome to Ambleside and District U3A
The Ambleside and District University of the Third Age (U3A) is part of the U3A movement.
20th Anniversary Celebrations
Ambleside & District U3A was founded in 1995 and in 2015 we celebrated our 20th anniversary with a number of events, including an afternoon tea with celebration cake at Calgarth Park, Troutbeck Bridge, on 31 May. You can read about some of these events and see more photographs on a separate 20th anniversary celebrations page.
We are supported by a national organisation called the Third Age Trust whose aims are:
1. to encourage and enable older people no longer in full-time paid employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience;
2. to demonstrate the benefits and enjoyment to be gained and the new horizons to be discovered in learning throughout life.
You can read a formal Vision and Mission Statement at the link.
If you would like to learn more about the U3A movement click on the Third Age Trust link here or in the right hand margin of this page. If you have 25 minutes to spare there is a very nice video on YouTube.
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, we have about 350 members mostly living in Ambleside and Windermere and the surrounding communities, including Bowness-on-Windermere, Grasmere and Staveley.
We have a lively membership with diverse interest groups. You can find a list of these by clicking on the Groups button in the menu bar. You can then find out more about each group, including when they meet and their future programme of activities. Members can come along to any meeting but we advise you to contact the coordinator before you first go along to check if there are any specific requirements or changes to the programme or meeting place.
We hold a General Meeting with an outside speaker plus tea or coffee and a chance to chat on the second Monday of the month at the Marchesi Centre, Windermere. Details of the programme for the year ahead can be found on the Events page.
You are welcome to come along to any General Meeting or one or two group meetings if you would like a taster before joining. Our current membership fee is £12 pa (£8.50 if you are already a member of another U3A). Some groups charge a small additional fee (typically £1 per session) to cover the cost of room hire, etc. We produce a quarterly newsletter containing news items and listing future events which is distributed to members and covered by the membership fee.
We welcome members who are disabled to our meetings and activities: you should read our statement and the advice from the Third Age Trust on members with a disability.
Do explore our web pages to find out more or contact our membership secretary if you have any questions. You can see a larger version of any photograph on the site by clicking on it.