Bakewell Area

About Us

Bakewell Area U3A was founded in 1998 in the small market town of Bakewell. We are fortunate to be surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Derbyshire Peak District with its many visitor attractions.

Our U3A has more than 300 members and we have about 30 groups covering a wide range of topics. New members are always welcome, as are new topics, particularly when the person who comes up with the idea also offers to coordinate the group. (For those not already familiar with the U3A, the coordinator is not necessarily a subject expert, but is someone who is prepared to do a minimal amount of organisation).

Most of our activities take place in groups, ranging in size from a handful of people to 50 or more for such groups as Walking and Theatre. All groups welcome all members, unless there is some constraint which limits the number. The Out and About group share a bus to performances and places of interest to members generally. Non-members will be welcomed to join in the activity of a group as a taster.

There are a number of social events which attract members generally, rather than being limited to a particular interest group. These include a coffee morning, lunch out, a 4-night holiday away from Bakewell and talks by visiting speakers (Meg Laird talks listed on the "diary" page accessed by the button above) so it is not necessary to join a specific interest group, in order to benefit from the companionship and have an event to attend. It is not necessary to join, in order to attend the Meg Laird talks or the coffee morning.

To find out more

about the activities of or joining Bakewell U3A contact Membership or download and submit a membership form.There is a link to the form above right. Don't let a disability be a barrier to joining. If you have a concern, please contact us or come to one of our coffee mornings or Meg Laird talks where there is wheelchair access

Comment by the author. My wife and I moved to Derbyshire about 5 years ago, eventually discovered U3A and have acquired more friends and acquaintances through U3A than otherwise. To me, U3A is the most important way of meeting and getting to know people. We have always been welcomed by other members.

To find out more about the history and ethos of the U3A, follow this link to the website for the Third Age Trust.

There are 13 u3as in Derbyshire. Events for members of any of these arranged by the Derbyshire network are notified on The Derbyshire U3A Network website.

To help the Bakewell Area U3A meet our objectives (learning, recreation and companionship), there has been established an East Midlands association of U3As. Members of Bakewell Area U3A can join in events arranged by this association. Information is on the East Midlands association of U3As website.