Eastleigh District


Charity Registration number 1181236

Retired or semi-retired? Enjoy socialising and learning new things?

Then please consider joining us!

Eastleigh District U3A is a vibrant, lively and friendly group of retired and semi-retired people who enjoy a wide range activities. From travel to walking, book club to gardening, history to wine appreciation and much more... There is something to look forward to every day of the week! New ideas are always very welcome and help us to become a dynamic group of active people in the community.

Have you a hobby you’d like to share? Or take up something new?

Make new friends, enjoy new hobbies or re-kindle old ones. Be creative and active and join in with as many activities as possible. And we have a vibrant and interesting news Bulletin too. All of this run by our members at very little cost!

We are a community of people dedicated to supporting one another to make retirement an enjoyable and more meaningful experience.

Although we are an independent charity we are also part of the wider u3a movement of over 1000 u3as in the UK. Our National u3a also have a number of activities and events to keep you learning.

Please visit the National website here to see what’s on offer https://www.u3a.org.uk/component/tags/tag/keep-learning or click on the U3A button at the top right of this page for a full run-down.

How can I join in?

At Eastleigh District u3a we hold an Open meeting with a guest Speaker every third Wednesday in the month at 2pm at the Fair Oak Village Hall, Shorts Road Fair Oak. Visitors are welcome, there will be someone there to meet and greet you and answer all your questions, for you to try it out before joining. Have a look at the Groups page for a flavour of our activities. If you are not in full employment then you can become a member of the u3a. Most, but not all members are 55 or more but age is not of itself a barrier to joining. Please come along and find out about us!


What else is on offer?

Facebook Group (Administator required)

We run a very friendly and lively closed Facebook Group for members only. Join in with the daily snippets and chat, share your photos, and local goings on, keep up with news and enjoy company online. Lots of fun too!

Beginners Bridge

We are pleased to introduce Beginners Bridge and invite members and new members to join us. For new members we offer a taster sessions on a try before you buy basis.

In the beginners group we can take up to 8 players. Weekly sessions include a mixture of tuition and play we can progress at our own pace and learn together.

We will be using the ACOL system which is the British Standard and playing duplicate bridge.

Improve your concentration, strategic reasoning and negotiating skills!


The first snooker session was a great success, with 9 of us having a good time with plenty of laughter and banter.
It is going to be a monthly group on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Railway Institute. 10 -12. We look forward to seeing you there.

Creative Crafters

We are expanding the crafts that we can participate in and we need more crafty members!
Not just needle crafters but paper crafters, people who up-cycle, restore furniture, make jewellery too. There are of course many more, so whatever your craft, we need you.

Tunisian Entralac Crochet Workshop

Would you like to learn this easy, effective technique?
The result can be a very warm neat blanket, cushion cover or throw. I have just started my 3rd!
It will only take a short time to learn, if you have basic crochet skills.
However If you are new to crochet, there will be several people attending who are willing to help you get started.

Film club

This new group is for anyone with a love of film! We will select various films to see together in both Eastleigh and Southampton. With some brilliant new films out, there is plenty of opportunity to get back to the cinema with friends. Get together after the film for discussions over a glass of wine or coffee or have a meal too. There’s also a film quiz to challenge you!

Evening quizzes return

Please join us for monthly evening quizzes, the next is on the first Tues at 7.15pm. Here is a riddle to get you in the mood -
What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence?
The first person that tells me the correct answer, when they book thier place will receive an extra point for their team in the first game.
So get your name down now!


We are continually evolving our events so come along and join in the fun!

We have re-started our visits programme with a day out in Salisbury, and trips to Wisley Gardens and Bletchley Park. Holidays are also back on offer…. perhaps a Murder Mystery weekend soon…


If you are new to the area?

One way to find your way round is to join us! Eastleigh was at one time one of the leading railway centres of the UK, with an enormous works close to the Town Centre. There was also a major cable works, Pirelli, based in Eastleigh. However, the importance of the railway works declined over time and the various sites previously used by Pirelli are now all housing estates. The railway works did close down a few years ago, but luckily the sheds etc, remained and over time these have become fully utilised again for railway related work (train refurbishment, etc) and associated specialist firms.

Eastleigh is also the home of Southampton International Airport, which in its early days as Eastleigh Airport, played an important part in the development of the Spitfire fighter.

Please view our other pages on this website to see what we offer, and at relatively little cost! We hope that you will join us and look forward to meeting you soon.

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