About us

Founded in 1985, Lewes U3A has grown into a thriving organisation with over 800 members.

What is the third Age?

The first age is about learning and development, the second age, one of employment, and the third age is one of reflection and retirement. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a national and international movement established to meet the needs of the third age. Third Age Trust

What do we do?

We provide low cost opportunities for members to pursue interests through stimulating group study, talks, visits and activities. No qualifications are needed to join. All our activities are organised and run by members who freely give their time and expertise. Tutors and speakers are academic or professional experts who also give their time voluntarily. This keeps our cost low and our courses and other activities are great value.

How much does it cost?

Select the Join button above for information on cost and how to join.


If you have particular requirements, for example if you have limited mobility, hearing or sight, please let us know and we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements. We have indicated in the list of venues (see the Venues tab above) those that might cause access problems to some people. Please contact the convener before joining the group to discuss any issues this might cause.

If you need a carer or escort to help, they can accompany you free of charge. For outings and holidays, a carer accompanying a member must pay the full cost of the outing/holiday and their names must be made known to the organiser.

It is important to know that the organiser of an outing/holiday is responsible for running it and cannot under any circumstances act as a carer or escort.

Sussex U3A Network (SUN)

The Sussex U3A Network (SUN) is a collaboration between the U3As in East and West Sussex, including Brighton & Hove. SUN organises additional activities which may be beyond the resources of individual U3As or which are best provided on a collaborative basis. You can contact our SUN representative for more details. The SUN newsletter is available here Winter Newsletter 2017