Open Meetings

For all Bedford U3A members and anyone in their 'third age' who is interested in finding out more about Bedford U3A, an Open Meeting takes place twice a month: on the first Wednesday of each month at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club, Wentworth Drive, Bedford, MK41 8QA and on the third Tuesday of each month at Addison Centre, Addison Howard Park, Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN. Both meetings start at 10am.

Details of the talks and speakers are listed. Members pay £1.50 for each Open Meeting attended. In return they get a cup of tea or coffee, biscuit and a complimentary raffle ticket with a chance to win a prize. The proceeds help with meeting the costs of speakers and running Bedford U3A.

If you have a recommendation for a speaker or have an idea for a talk or would like to be involved in booking speakers please speak to or contact our Speakers' Secretary Mark Haines.

Unforeseen circumstances may arise which make it necessary to change the speaker programme at short notice but we will always do our best to keep you informed - Mark Haines.

Trips and Holidays

We have an energetic group of members who do a splendid job in organising trips and holidays for members. Brief details of trips and holidays are given below but full details are given in the Travel Club page.


Details of groups' events are given in each group's page but occasional 'one off' events will be shown here as well.


Events can be displayed in date order or listed under separate categories that can be viewed by clicking on the tab at the top right corner of the table below.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Sep 7th Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Sri Lanka by Oliver Wyncoll

The complex and fascinating history and challenges of this wonderful country and the impact of war, Tsunami, floods, drought and famine on its inhabitants.
Tue Sep 20th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Bang up to the Elephant by Fools Gold

Live acoustic songs and the stories behind them.
Fri Sep 2nd Trip to London Canal Museum - Cancelled due to low response

See Travel Club page for more information.
Sat Sep 3rd BBC Gardeners' World First Autumn Show

See Travel Club page fore more details.
Fri Sep 16th Trip to City of Southend on Sea

See Travel Club for more details.
Wed Sep 28th Trip on Kennett Horse Drawn Barge

See Travel Club page for more information.
Tue Oct 25th Museum of Timekeeping & Southwell Garden Centre

See Travel Club page for further information.
Fri Nov 18th Ely Cathedral Christmas Food & Craft Fair

See Travel Club page for more information.
Sun May 7th 2023 Holiday to Torquay, Devon

See Travel Club page for details.
Wed Nov 9th Christmas Wreath Making Session

See Travel Club page for more details.
Other Events
Thu Oct 13th Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

See Travel Club page for more details.