Bristol u3a - An Aladdin's cave of leisure activities and study groups!
Bristol u3a is run entirely by its members. There are around 1200 of us so you'll find many opportunities to enjoy learning, while having fun in the company of new friends! Everyone is welcome - no qualifications are required and none are given. The 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.
Our interest groups – over 130 of them - are run by our members; we are all learners, and teachers too. Members share their knowledge willingly and without payment. We do not hire paid tutors. Groups meet during the day at weekly, fortnightly or monthly intervals, either in members' homes or at a suitable location. Each group has a convenor - you can email most of them directly with just a click on the pigeon logo on their webpage. Full details are on our Groups page. PLEASE NOTE that some groups were suspended due to Covid19 restrictions while others have managed to continue to meet in a limited way, perhaps using Zoom. As restrictions are lifted many groups will resume meeting in person - do first check on the group's web page and then contact the group's convenor using their "pigeon post" if you need further information.
Social groups are a great way to meet people if you are new to the u3a. We have a dozen or so groups around the city as well as the Solos group which meets in central Bristol. Visit the Groups page to find the details of a convenient social group. You don’t have to go to the one closest to where you live and some now meet using Zoom.
Monthly Meetings, to which everyone, including visitors, are welcome, are usually held upstairs in the Broadmead Baptist Church at the bottom of Union Street, Broadmead. They take place on the third Tuesday of each month except in August. Meetings, which are free of charge, include a talk by an invited speaker - have a look at the Talks page for forthcoming subjects. Doors open at 9.45am for tea or coffee (cost 20p), the talk starts at 10.30am and the meetings end by 12 noon. These meetings restarted in January 2021 using Zoom - check out the Talks page for details.
Annual membership costs and details of how to join are on the Join/Renew page. You are welcome to "try before you buy" so please visit a social group, the monthly meeting or an interest group (by arrangement) a couple of times. They are all listed on the Groups page and there is no limit to the number of groups members can join.
Accessibility - 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. At the bottom of each interest group's page there is an indication of accessibility. Please contact the convenor before joining a group to discuss any issues there might be, or email Jo to discuss your needs.
Social Media - We now have a Facebook page. Do take a look and if you are a member you will also be able to access a linked group where you can comment, add ideas and share news about your activity groups. Just look for the link to "Bristol u3a Members" and apply to join. We also have an Instagram account - search for u3abristol. Our accounts are regularly updated with Bristol u3a news and items that may be of interest to our members.
If you are no longer in full-time employment, do come and join us
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.