Events at Leicester U3A

Scroll down for the listing of our monthly meetings, coffee mornings, trips, and visits to Curve and the Phoenix Cinema. You will also find information about national events organised by the Third Age Trust, including study days, lectures, conferences and summer schools.

  • Monthly Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, August and December excepted, at 2.45pm at Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH. Visitors may attend up to two meetings, paying £2 for each event.
  • If you have suggestions for speakers at monthly meetings, contact our speaker finder, Keith Pyne.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Jan 14th 2020 Membership Renewal and our first ever Open Mic Session.
If you’ve got it, come and flaunt it.
All acts welcomed: musical, lyrical, poetical, dramatical, comical, terpsicorial, gymnastical!
Max 3 songs/pieces for all acts (but if you can only manage one, that’s fine)
2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH
Tue Feb 11th 2020 A Day Above Leicester A talk by John J. Nowell BA FRGS LRPS, ex RAF pilot and author of many books of photos from the air over the UK and also further afield such as over Oman and the Emirates. His photos are used worldwide including on the Omani currency. His book, A Day Above Leicestershire, illustrates a day in the life of a DLRAA Air Ambulance pilot from dawn to dusk showing the diverse landscapes of Leicestershire from the air. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Mar 10th 2020 AGM 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Apr 14th 2020 A Fine Burgundy An illustrated talk by the Photographer Peter Amour showing firstly the world renowned wine producing area of Burgundy followed by an exploration of the Alsace region. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue May 12th 2020 Churchill A talk by John Whitehead. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Jun 9th 2020 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly A Talk by Zoe Gibson. A light hearted look at some of the more interesting Presidents, how they came to power and what was happening in their era. What did they achieve, why did they fail, does history show them to be exceptional, atrocious or just plain ordinary? 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Jul 14th 2020 Didgeridoo A talk by Iain Tidmarsh. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Sep 8th 2020 Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation A talk by Helen Baxter about the work and history of the foundation that provides support for the elderly, adults with disabilities and young people through well-being activities, outdoor education and inspiring support services. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Oct 13th 2020 A View of Shakespeare A talk by Emma Sheppard, artistic director of Gearbox Theatre Company, who has directed many of Shakespeare's plays. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Nov 10th 2020 Medical Stories A talk by J Goddard. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Wed Nov 27th West Side Story at The Curve, 7:30PM. 1957. In the midst of gang rivalry and racial tensions, love at first sight strikes between Tony, of the White-American Jets and Maria, the sister of Bernardo, of the Puerto Rican Sharks. In the face of danger, the two young lovers continue to meet in secret – but the Jets and the Sharks have one last rumble to fight out.
U3A tickets for this special preview performance are £17.25 - ONLY ONE TICKET REMAINING - balance due 27th September 2019

Click to download a Curve Booking form or obtain one at the next monthly meeting.
Tue Dec 17th A special evening with the master poet and storyteller Gervase Phinn at The Little Theatre.
Booking is open through the U3A Little Theatre Group.
Contact the Convenor Elisabeth Somogyi via a message from the Little Theatre group page or by email (littletheatre@leicesteru3a.org.uk)_.
Thu Mar 5th 2020 Phantom of the Opera at The Curve, 2:15PM. The Brilliant Original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano, Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
U3A tickets for this special preview performance (Stalls Rows R, S, T - 25 tickets) are £52.00 - balance due 16th December 2019

Click to download a Curve Booking form or obtain one at the next monthly meeting.
Wed Jun 10th 2020 The Architecture and Design Group are planning to go on a coach trip to the Avoncroft Open Air Museum of 30 historic buildings which is near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire.
The trip, as in previous years, will be open to all U3A members.
Study Days
Wed Nov 20th Beneath Your Feet - Hidden Depths of Roman London at London's Guildhall Art Gallery on 20th or 21st of November. The Gallery's archaeologist will lead the study day in the remains of the city's Roman amphitheatre to discover more about its ancient history. The day will also include a Roman lamp-making workshop and a guided visit to the nearby Temple of Mithras.


Bookings and more details on the National U3A website - Beneath Your Feet
Mon Nov 25th The Architecture of London at the art deco headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. The RIBA cares for one of the largest and most diverse architectural collections in the world. The day's speakers include the chief curator and curator of drawings, Charles Hind and David Adshead, secretary of the Georgian Group. Key themes for the study include Georgian architecture and the "Long 18th Century", Victorian London, 20th-century modernism, and architectural photography.


More details are on the National U3A website - Study Days
Social Events
Tue Nov 19th All Members' Coffee Morning, Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road, LE2 1WP, 10.15am, £2.00.
Wed Nov 20th Film at the Phoenix Cinema in partnership with the U3A: The King and I (1956) 2h 13m. 10.30am, £6.00, including tea or coffee.
Note - this is showing on the third Wednesday in November for this month only
Tue Dec 10th The Christmas lunch. For U3A members (and a guest if wished).

The Leicestershire Golf Club has been booked again this year.

You can view the menu from which you will be able to make your choices by clicking on Xmas Lunch Menu. You will need to let the organisers know your choices when making your booking.

You can make a booking by returning the form that you should have received by email. Do this by bringing to the November monthly meeting or by following the instructions on the form. If you don't have the email and wish to come contact the organisers by clicking on Christmas Lunch.

The cost is £27.00 per person to be paid in full. Closing date: 30 November.

Remember you are allowed to bring a non-U3A member as a guest if you wish.
Sat Nov 23rd A Day For Bridge - Leicestershire & Rutland Network of U3A presents a bridge workshop with expert tuition, discussions, and opportunity for play. Tickets are £5.00 per table. Numbers are limited with preference being given to teams of 4 players. Coffee/Tea and biscuits are included and lunch can be bought separately at the hotel bar.

The workshop will run from 10am to 4.30pm and take place at The Angel Hotel, 37 High Street, Market Harborough LE16 7AF.


In view of the interest, it is possible another day will be organised for early next year but this has not been confirmed.