About us

Bristol U3A was started in 1983. Although U3A stands for University of the Third Age, this simply means our groups cover a universe of interests - everyone is welcome, no qualifications are required and none are given. The total emphasis is on a desire to learn and a willingness to share your skills and abilities. All that is needed is enthusiasm, participation and mutual respect.

All our groups are run by our members: we are all learners and we are all teachers too. Our members share their knowledge willingly and without payment. We never hire paid tutors for our groups, although we do pay occasional speakers at our monthly meetings (see below).

Come and enjoy informal learning in congenial groups with Bristol U3A.


Members meet during the day at weekly, fortnightly or monthly intervals, either in their homes or at a suitable location. Each group has a convener - you can email most of them directly with just a click from this website - full details are on our Groups Page.

Also, we have monthly meetings at which everyone is welcome - especially visitors - to get together over coffee and biscuits in the Broadmead Baptist Church. There is a talk by an invited speaker - have a look at the Notice Board on the Welcome page for forthcoming subjects.


If you have particular requirements, for example if you have limited mobility, sight or hearing, please let us know and we will do our best to help. On each Group's Page at the bottom there is an indication of accessibility. Please contact the convener before joining a group to discuss any issues there might be, or email us on

Staying Up-To-Date

Members are kept up-to-date with our Annual Bulletin, Newsletters every 3 months, the National U3A Magazine 5 times a year, and this Website, which is kept up-dated. BIG PRINT extracts are available.

We have an occasional newsletter-by-email for members, mainly about events in South Bristol. Click on news south of the river for more local information.

(And please remember to keep us up-to-date, too - if you change your email, address or phone number, let us know via 'Contacts' - Membership to ensure you're contactable, e.g. by group convener, etc.)

Getting Acquainted

You could start by visiting one of our Social Groups. We have groups in Henleaze, Fishponds, Horfield, Downend, Bedminster, Knowle, Westbury-on-Trym and Redland+Cotham, as well as the Solos group which meets in central Bristol. Please visit the relevant page for your nearest group on the Groups page. (If you'd like one in your area, get in touch and we'll see what we can do.)

You could come and meet people by lending a hand with the many little things that keeps Bristol U3A the great place it is - look at the ideas on the Members Info page under Keeping Your U3A Running.

Bristol U3A

Bristol U3A is a charity and the officers, committee members and group conveners are all members, voluntarily giving up their time for the benefit of others. The National U3A provides us with insurance, legal advice, subject advice and an extensive information centre for both individuals and groups.

Updated 10.4.19 HT