Epping Forest


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Epping Forest

Epping Forest is the largest public open space in the London area, at almost 6,000 acres. As well as being a popular area for recreation and enjoyment, it is also of national and international importance with two-thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.

Epping itself is a thriving market town on the outskirts of London with good links into the capital, as well as easy access to the rest of Essex and Hertfordshire.


The U3A is a learning and social co-operative made up of independent groups set up and run on a voluntary basis by the members. There are no assessments or qualifications to be gained and the accent is on learning for pleasure, drawing on the skills and knowledge of the members. In Epping Forest U3A we have over 60 groups covering a diverse range of subjects including art, mathematics, languages, music, history, board games, crafts, wildlife walks, computing and photography to mention but a few, plus a wide range of social activities. Full details can be found in our prospectus.

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The Virtual U3A which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the U3A website (see Links page), where one can also apply for membership.

Epping Forest U3A

Epping Forest U3A was formed in 1990. It has proved so popular that during our lifetime we have helped the formation of three other U3As, using our overspill of members. We currently have a membership of around 750.

At the heart of our organisational structure is a Committee about which more details are available on the Contact page. We have a regular monthly meeting with visiting speakers, which is held in Theydon Bois Village Hall usually on the first Monday of each month. For more information please send us a message via the Contact page.