Minehead & District

Welcome to Minehead & District U3A

Joining U3A leads to 'a mixture of learning and leisure in the company of like-minded people'!

U3A is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their third age to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment. You may be wondering what we mean by 'third age'! It's that time after you've finished working full-time and/or raising your family and have time to pursue your own interests or just try something new.

U3A is not a ‘university’ in the usual sense of the word today, but a community of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other. There are no qualifications to join or exams to pass – U3A is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward. And we have fun – often lots of fun!


Nestling between Exmoor and the Quantocks, Minehead is a small seaside town in West Somerset. Minehead & District U3A members – over 400 of us as at June 2019 – come from Minehead, Watchet, Williton and the outlying villages along the coast and on Exmoor.


Tobacco Factory, Bristol Members now have the opportunity to book theatre outings organised by Liz Murphy, who for many years has run similar trips for Minehead and West Somerset Arts Society. We hope that there will be a variety of productions on offer.

The next outing is also to Bristol, but this time to the Old Vic, where we'll be on Thursday 14 November for a matinee performance of Cyrano – a new translation/adaptation of the famous French play by Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac. See the Events page for details. Please note that booking closed on 1 October. If you missed that date, it may still be worth using the Contact page to enquire whether anyone has had to drop out.


We hold monthly coffee mornings on the third Thursday of the month, usually with an invited speaker. Our coffee mornings, generally starting at 10.15 am, are held in the Baptist Church, Park Street, Minehead. Start with a coffee and catch up with friends or meet new people. Then we move into the church for a talk, which lasts up to an hour. Members receive a monthly newsletter (those taking their newsletter via email have the benefit of seeing it in glorious technicolour!) and the national Third Age Matters magazine (five issues per year). Other social events such as quizzes and outings are organised from time to time.

You'll find details of our future activities on the Events page, with a list of our interest groups and meeting information on the Groups page. You can read about the Shared Learning Projects that our U3A members have been involved with. Minehead & District U3A now has an enviable track record in completing successful projects – see the link, top right or below, for more information. Perhaps you'd like to help in our next shared learning project!


West Somerset Radio – 104.4FM
Every second Tuesday of the month in 2019, tune in to listen to live interviews with U3A members! The U3A slot is normally around 12.20 during Bryan Leaker's show.

If you’d like to talk live on air about your interest group and the kind of things your group members get up to, just contact John Batt.


If you're interested in joining Minehead & District U3A, just come along to a coffee morning (see Events page) or send a message to the Membership Secretary on the Contact page. You can find out more about membership by clicking on the Members button at the top of the page or on Member information.

Already a member? Keep up to date with our U3A news and what the groups are getting up to by following the links to browse our website! We do our best to keep it up to date. Please use the Contact page if you have comments or queries about any of the content.


National U3A Summer Schools 2019
Monday 12 to Thursday 15 August 2019 – Aston University, Birmingham
Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 September 2019 – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Why not consider attending one of the U3A Summer Schools In August and September 2019? Each year a few of our members do so, and all report having a good time extending their knowledge, making new friends and enjoying the entire experience! The programme is published in the Events section on the National U3A website.

Last year U3A summer schools took place at Harper Adams University, Newport (Shropshire) and in September at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. As usual, there was a wide variety of subjects, ranging from literature and history to science and music. The courses are always popular, so if you missed your chance then, book now on the National U3A website.

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