We are a lively group, with around 500 members and over forty-five activity groups offering a whole range of activities including, outdoor pursuits, arts and crafts, languages, the sciences, sports, social activities, music, photography, literature and much more.

We come together to learn, teaching each other and keeping active. We do not run formal courses or examinations or award certificates and no qualifications are necessary to join. However, you will learn a lot, gain much enjoyment and make many friends, from all walks of life.

We have one yearly membership subscription fee of £26.00. This entitles a member to join any number of groups / classes without any further fees apart from a small contribution for refreshments (normally 25p).

  • Note: Where a group attends externally sourced activities such as Ten Pin Bowling, Theatre tickets, excursions and external exhibitions, an additional payment may be required.

Many groups meet in the houses of members, although some activities because of their nature or numbers of members attending are held at various venues and halls in and around Macclesfield. Generally there is no additional charge to the member if the activity group meet in a hired hall /room.

We are an organisation of people for whom the world of paid work is or almost a thing of the past, in other words, we are self-help organisation for people who are retired or semi-retired. Apart from that, there is no lower or upper age limit.

Macclesfield U3A is a charity in its own right and is run entirely by volunteers, drawing upon the knowledge and skills of our members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. We are just one branch forming part of the international organisation The University of the 3rd Age (U3A).

Come and join us, you will be made very welcome.