Welcome to Wigtownshire u3a

We are a very sociable local organisation for retired or semi-retired people who want to meet together for learning and leisure activities. We pride ourselves on being a very friendly and welcoming U3A.


Sadly, as with other organisations, our normal activities have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Our regular monthly meetings have suspended until the current recommendations for social distancing have been lifted and group activities are also affected. However, in the meantime we will be making greater use of online software to meet over the web (see below).

Virtual meetings: We will be holding virtual meetings via Zoom until we are able to resume meetings in the County Buildings. Details are on the Events page.

A number of groups are holding meetings remotely using the Wigtownshire u3a Zoom licence. These include Beginners French, Exploring Literature, Friday Philosophy, Current Affairs, and Practical Gardening. Please see these groups pages for details.

Check everything that is going on using the calendar at the bottom of this page.

Please read the latest coronavirus update from u3a HQ and the current local restrictions from the Scottish Government.

u3a - University of the Third Age

Founded in 1982, u3a is a UK-wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities for people who are no longer in full-time employment to come together to learn for fun. Members explore new ideas, skills and activities together.

There are more than 1,050 local u3a's with over 450,000 members nationally. To find out more about the history and ethos of the u3a, go to the Third Age Trust website.

Wigtownshire u3a

Garlieston Beach Wigtownshire u3a was set up in 2008 and currently has over 200 members enjoying more than 30 different interests ranging from Art to Textile Crafts. Please see the Groups page for more details.

Gorse in the hedgerow Monthly meetings are held in Wigtown, usually on the last Friday of the month, with a range of guest speakers. Refreshments are served from 10:00, with the talk starting at 10:30. Meetings are open to all members and there is a charge of £3 for non-members. See the Events page for a full list.

How to join

The annual membership fee is £20* and entitles members to join any of the interest groups and to attend the monthly meetings. Interest groups may also make an additional small charge to cover room hire and refreshments. For more details, please see our Membership page.
NB For 2021, membership is just £5 while we are unable to provide our full programme.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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