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 to see what’s on offer National 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. (Please note, there will be no Open Meeting in August 2024. On this one occasion there will be a private event for members by invitation only.) Alternatively visit the Membership page above and complete an application form online or download a printable copy. 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

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!


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.

Film club

This group is on hold waiting for a leader.
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

During winter months we hold monthly evening quizzes on Zoom, to enable members to get together for a fun evening without leaving the comfort of their own homes. They will be starting again in October so get your name down now!


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

We have a varied visits programme with a recent trip to Corfe Castle and Swanage, and a visit to Kew Gardens 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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