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%.
  • 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 Sep 10th John Betjeman – More than Strapping Gels and Bombs on Slough; A talk by John Florance. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Oct 8th Tommy Post – Mail in the Trenches; A talk by Peter Cousins. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Tue Nov 12th The Curve; A talk by Susie Jordan, Head of Fundraising at the Curve Theatre. 2.45pm, Christchurch Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3AH.
Thu Sep 19th A trip to Saltaire Village, Shipley, open to all Leicester U3A members. The trip costs £16.00 each which covers transport only as entry to the Village and Salts Mill is free.

Salts Mill is a Grade ll listed building set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was opened in 1853 and now houses a permanent exhibition of works by David Hockney and a Saltaire Exhibition. The Mill was named after its creator Sir Titus Salt, a textile magnate and philanthropist who built it and the village for his workers.

There are other buildings of architectural interest and there are options of a trip on one of the oldest working cable tramways or a canal boat. There is an extra charge for these trips.

We will meet at Glebe Road at 8.15 for 8.30 departure and arrive at Saltaire Village at 11.30. The return journey will be at 16.30 and expect to be back at Glebe Road at 19.30. There are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops available in the village.

To book please complete the booking form available at the Monthly Meeting and return with a cheque for £16.00 payable Leicester U3A to Siham Turvey, Gabi Garland or Ola Horbacz at the Monthly Meeting or by post - or book online by clicking the link Saltaire Booking Form.
Wed Sep 25th War Horse at The Curve, 2:15PM. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama
U3A tickets are are SOLD OUT
Thu Oct 17th Cabaret at The Curve, 2:15PM. It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub… Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy Theatres.
U3A tickets are SOLD OUT - balance due 23rd August 2019
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 TWO TICKETS REMAINING - balance due 27th September 2019

Click to download a Curve Booking form or obtain one at the next monthly meeting.
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.
Study Days
Tue Sep 17th Jazz Study Day 11:00-16:00 at

Cecil Sharp House,
2 Regent's Park Road,

For a second year, Alan Barnes and his octet have agreed to entertain and enlighten us about jazz, this time focusing on the instruments in the band and the all-important personalities that energise jazz music. This will be the World Premiere of Alan's new project.

Book on line via the link Jazz Study Day.
Wed Sep 18th 'We the Curious' - Is there anybody out there? 10:30-14:00 at

We The Curious, (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre)
Anchor Road,

U3A members are invited to enjoy a day out with a difference. The day starts with a 3D show in the full-dome Planetarium and in-between features three hands-on workshops. Each examines an aspect of the search for new life forms, giving members an opportunity to identify a mystery animal using DNA fingerprinting; determine the atmosphere of distant planets using spectroscopy and find far-away solar systems with the transit photometry technique. An enjoyable and fascinating introduction to some contemporary science, and with no previous or specialist experience required!

Book on line via the link Is there anybody out there.
Wed Sep 25th A Day of Welsh History at St Fagans 10:30-16:00 at

St Fagans National Museum of History,
St Fagans,

Enjoy a day of Welsh History at St Fagans National Museum of History, shortlisted for the Arts Fund Museum of the Year Award 2019. The study day will take place in the museum, set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland in the village of St Fagans, just outside of Cardiff. The day will include 3 historical talks and 2 hours of free time to explore the museum and all it has to offer in your own time. A plenary session at the end of the day will give you the opportunity to ask questions.

More details and booking online via the link A Day of Welsh History.
Mon Oct 7th U3A at the Royal Institution. An afternoon of talks for members on scientific topics. Speakers will include Dr Harry Cliff, a physicist at Cambridge University who works on the large hadron collider in Geneva, and Linda Geddes, an award-winning science writer whose latest book looks at the huge effect the sun and sunlight has on our lives.

Bookings open in late June and more details will appear on the National U3A website - Study Days
Thu Nov 7th National Gallery: the Pre-Raphaelites. Discover how National Gallery paintings inspired the young and rebellious Pre-Raphaelites. National Gallery experts will lead a study day exploring the radical Victorian paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Bookings open in August and more details will appear on the National U3A website - Study Days
Wed Nov 20th Roman Study 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 open in August and more details will appear on the National U3A website - Study Days
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.

Bookings open in August and more details will appear on the National U3A website - Study Days
Social Events
Tue Aug 20th All Members' Coffee Morning, Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road, LE2 1WP, 10.15am, £2.00.
Summer Schools
Tue Sep 10th
→Fri Sep 13th

U3A Summer School at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS. Places are available on

SS2 RAU 02Drama - Mid Twentieth Century Drama
SS2 RAU 07Mathematics - Surprised by Maths
SS2 RAU 08Opera - Donizetti’s Three (and a bit) Queens
SS2 RAU 09Philosophy - Introduction to Philosophy

book your place.

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.

An entry form can be downloaded for printing by clicking Bridge Day Form.