A warm welcome to Beccles u3a

Welcome to Beccles, a small market town on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. With a long and prestigious history dating back to the Domesday Book and beyond. Its medieval past is reflected in its streets and street names. In 1584 Queen Elizabeth I handed the Charter of the Corporation of Beccles to John Baas as depicted in our town sign. Situated on the River Waveney, this bustling town welcomes visitors on foot, by car and by boat.

About Us

Formed in 2014, Beccles u3a expanded rapidly and now boasts a membership of over 600+ enthusiastic members and over 65 special interest groups.

Like all u3as we are a voluntary, self-managed and self-funded organisation with a lively committee that co-ordinates social events, days out and special interest groups. To find out more about the thinking behind the u3a, please take a look at the Governance of the Third Age Trust If you like what you see, head for our How to Join page for more information.

Monthly meeting and Guest Speaker

Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, our monthly meeting and talk take place on line. Guest speakers can be seen and heard via You Tube. Easy to access links are posted on our on the Latest News and can be viewed at any time. The committee meet via Zoom and continue to guide us through these difficult times.


Sadly all outings have been cancelled. We can no longer offer our smorgasboard of days out on the River Waveney and visits to Stately Homes, Galleries and Museums. Similarly all weekend breaks and cruises are on hold. I have no doubt, however, that as soon as life returns to something resembling normality, our fantastic Events team will put together a programme of outings that will leave us spoiled for choice.

Special Interest Groups

These are a great way of meeting like-minded people with whom you can share your hobbies, interests and expertise. Whether it is learning a new language, discovering local history or sharing your passion for digital photography, science, philosophy, music or arts and crafts, there is sure to be a group for you.

Once again, face to face group meetings have had to be suspended but our Group Convenors have come up with some excellent ideas that have enabled them to pursue their interests and keep in touch with group members. Why not browse our Groups to see if there is something that catches your eye? If there is, click on the Bird to the right of the page to email the Group Convenor.

How to join Beccles u3a
If you are interested in joining Beccles u3a, please go to the Membership page for all the information you need, but if you have any questions, please email general enquiries or use the ‘Bird’ on the right of this page.