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, Elaine King.
  • Diana Barker organises visits to Curve and has tickets for sale at monthly meetings. Or you can download a Curve booking form from this page. The Theatre Group organise visits to other theatres in the Midlands area.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Oct 9th The Gate of Heroes - On the China Trail, how porcelain was made and delivered to Europe; Lars Tharp, historian, lecturer and broadcaster. The talk will take us on the remarkable route used to transport porcelain from China to Britain. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Nov 13th A Brief History of Pigments: Paints and Dyes from Prehistory to the 18th Century; the botanist John Barnett, gives a description of the manufacture and use of pigments from natural sources in paints and dyes and of the symbolic significance of some of these pigments. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Wed Sep 26th Visit Kew Gardens. London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site. The collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing in the gardens and inside glasshouses. There is an optional guided group tour. Cost, including coach, £34.50 or £39.50 with the tour. Coach leaves Glebe Road (LE2 2NE) at 08:30, expected return is 19:30.
This trip is now fully booked but a waiting list is being maintained in case anybody cancels. You can be added to this list at the monthly meeting or online using this link - Kew Gardens Booking form
Thu Sep 27th FUP:A Modern Fable at The Nottingham Playhouse performed by The Kneehigh Theatrical Company.
The Santee family are unconventional, to say the least.One hundred year old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. FUP is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one.

This trip has been organised by the the Theatre Group and remaining tickets are now available to non group members. The coach will leave Glebe Road, Oadby (Botanical Gardens) LE2 2NE at 10.30am - expected return by 6 pm.

The cost including the coach is £34. Please contact Kay Relf (Theatre Group) if you are interested.
Thu Oct 4th Swan Lake at The Curve, 2:15. Matthew Bourne's powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times. Tickets £27.00. U3A tickets are now sold out.
Thu Nov 15th Les Miserables at The Curve, 2:15. Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”. Tickets £36.00. U3A tickets are now sold out.
Thu Dec 6th White Christmas - Musical at The Curve, 7:30PM. Based on the 1954 American musical film, Irving Berlin’s Broadway sensation is an enduring tale of friendship, camaraderie, hope and the pursuit of happiness. U3A tickets are no longer available.
Thu Feb 14th To Kill a Mockingbird at The Curve, 2:15PM. The sell out show returns to the stage. In the Deep South, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice divide a small-town community. With integrity and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth. His courageous daughter, Scout, brings hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. This production from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre captures the warmth, poignancy and magic of this best-loved classic.
U3A tickets are £19.50 - balance due 7th January 2019

Click to download a Curve Booking form or obtain one at the next monthly meeting.
Wed Mar 6th The Girl on the Train at The Curve, 2:15PM. Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
U3A tickets are £20.50 - balance due 7th January 2019

Click to download a Curve Booking form or obtain one at the next monthly meeting.
Social Events
Wed Oct 10th Film at the Phoenix Cinema in partnership with the U3A:The Painted Veil (2006). 10.20am - Note the earlier start time, £6.00, including tea or coffee.
Tue Oct 16th All Members' Coffee Morning, Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road, LE2 1WP, 10.15am, £2.00.