About us

You can find a very warm welcome at Dumfries u3a

What is the u3a?

The u3a is a world-wide organisation. Here in the UK there are almost 500,000 members in more than 900 branches. Membership of U3A is open to all in their 'third age', which is defined not by a particular age, but by a period in life in which full-time employment has ceased. It is intended for people who wish to share in educational, recreational and creative activities, enjoying companionship and enriching their later years. The u3a offers its members a great deal. Visit the national u3a website to explore the breadth of u3a activities.

Dumfries u3a

Our membership is drawn mainly from Dumfries and the surrounding area, although we do have members from further afield. At present our membership stands at just over 300.

Here in Dumfries u3a, we have a wide range of interest groups ranging from Art to Creative Writing, Philosophy to Photography and from Walking to Wine Appreciation. Decide what interest groups you'd like to join and give them a try - once you've joined u3a, you can participate in as many groups as you like! No qualifications are needed to join and no awards are given - you don't have to prove you have learned or done something. Interest Groups are set up and run by members for members. There are no teachers, we are all learning together for fun. See our Groups page for more details.

Monthly Meetings:

Excluding a summer break our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month They feature a guest speaker with a very diverse range of topics. Talks are followed by refreshments with sufficient time to catch up with old friends or make new ones. Check our Events page for the latest meeting details.

If you are interested in the u3a just come along to one of these meetings. You would be made welcome and you can talk to one of the Committee to gain a better idea of Dumfries u3a and see if it might be for you.

Whats Going On?

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been issuing a regular newsletter, to keep one another up to date and feel connected. Articles have included group information, history topics, gardening information and even music selections. All members are encouraged to contribute. You can see the latest copies on our News page

Join Us

Want to join ? Then click Membership for all the information. You will see that we live up to the u3a's watchwords - Learn, Laugh and Live.

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