Welcome to Furness u3a - founded in 2006 to promote learning, and enhance enjoyment and quality of life for people no longer in full-time employment in the Furness district of Cumbria.

The u3a movement in the UK started in 1981, loosely based on the model of u3as in France, and there are now over 1000 U3As in the UK, with over 450,000 members in total - see Our Story on the Third Age Trust website. Furness has just under 600 members, including 50 Associate members from nearby u3as.

The u3a exists to provide a framework in which people can get involved in helping to create, join and run lots of different learning-based and fitness activities, which improve their knowledge and skills, enhance their physical and mental wellbeing and keep them socially connected.

(Please note: The term university can be misleading - no qualifications are necessary and none are awarded; the accent is on fun).

Furness u3a covers the whole of the Furness area and we produce a Monthly Newsletter for members, with information about our activities and forthcoming events. You can also find us on Facebook


We have 45 interest groups which meet regularly and are organised by the U3A members themselves. Please click on the Groups button to see details of our current groups, or the Events button for details of this year's outings and Dates for your Diary. If a subject is not catered for, members are encouraged to register their interest with Bernie Group Leader Support.

Our Monthly Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston from 10.15am, where we have a speaker and an opportunity to socialize. Entry is £2 and includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Visitors are welcome.

We also run a Drop-In session once a month, where our groups introduce themselves and their activities. As well as providing an ideal opportunity to find out what the u3a can do for you, you will be able to find help with computing problems at our Computer Helpdesk. Bring along your laptop, tablet or smartphone for advice. The Drop-In welcomes members and non-members for coffee and a chat from 2pm to 3.30pm. These are held in Ulverston. See the Drop-in page for details.

Committee meetings are held monthly and the Minutes are available on the Contact page.


This website tells you a little about us, but for more information please click on the link to our Contact page and follow the simple instructions you will find there.