South Manchester


Hello and a warm welcome to the South Manchester U3A website, where you will find a basic list of all the wonderful groups we have and the contact numbers and information, if you are interested in joining us.

U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

If you’re wondering what we mean by the third age - it is a time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new.

U3A has a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward.

It's all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and everything in between.

Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1,000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally - plus we’re growing every day.

Our organization can be defined as a learning co-operative of older people, with the emphasis on ‘co-operative’. Hopefully, this enables members to share educational, creative, interesting and creative activities, as well as forming new friendships.

Membership Fee
£15.00 per annum.

Third Age Matters
As a paid-up member you should receive five copies of the above national magazine each year.

Monthly Meetings

At 2pm, on the first Tuesday of every month, we hold a Members’ Meeting at the Emmanuel Church, Didsbury. Everyone is welcome and you can chat to ‘real people’ (as opposed to reading about us in the website) and find out much more information about the U3A. There is usually a guest speaker and then tea and coffee is served. The doors open at 1.30, so feel free to come early and meet some members and get settled in, before the talk.


Groups usually meet monthly and at a variety of venues in the area and at this moment, there are about 400 members enjoying participation in many groups, ranging from Ukulele playing to Philosophy.

Only paid up members of South Manchester U3A may attend our interest groups more than once. However we do allow "taster sessions" when you may attend a group to see if it is for you before joining the U3A. These taster sessions are limited to 2 sessions and should be different groups.

You need to contact the group leader to see if there is room in the group".

So, read on and come to our Members’ Meetings, in order to find out more about us. You will be made very welcome!