Plymouth University of the Third Age

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Plymouth University of the Third Age (U3A)

Plymouth U3A is a learning co-operative of mature people which enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is not a 'university' in the accepted sense, but is a meeting place for those who are no longer in full time employment and bringing together people who want to share their varying interests by way of subject groups.

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Our Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the Mariner Ballroom of the Holiday Inn.

Situated at the Hoe end of Armada Way in Plymouth city centre, it is convenient for the many buses in Royal Parade. Underground parking is available on site at a special whole day rate on the day of the U3A meeting.

Meetings start from 10.45 with tea and coffee served from 10.00.

After the meeting, you may like to enjoy a lovely lunch in the hotel Pent House restaurant overlooking the Hoe, at a reduced rate.


Subscriptions for 2017/2018 will be due on 1 May. The membership fee is £14 per person or £25 for a couple living at the same address. 

For members joining in January or February 2017 the fee is £6/£11.00 with renewal due on 1 May.

To see how to join or renew your subscription please go to the annual subscription page.

Upcoming Meetings

The Battle of Britain and an Unexpected Hero Helen Doe
The men who flew in the Battle of Britain in 1940 are often stereotyped as a British upper class elite. This is far from the truth and this talk will reveal the ordinary background and amazing achievements of an unqualified gardener’s son from a Surrey village.

The New Plymouth History Centre
Paul Brookes
The huge new landmark £34 million History Centre is about to be built, celebrating Plymouth’s culture and heritage. It will bring together the Records Office, Local Studies, SW Film & TV Archives and Naval Heritage Collection all under one roof.

Annual General Meeting

Elizabethan Name-calling in Devon
Todd Gray
A good reputation was essential in the Elizabethan period. This talk examines slander cases which reveal the names which were uttered in Devon to ridicule, demean and insult. Men were mocked differently than women but the words used were outrageous and are still shocking. Some words appear to have only been used in Devon.

Open Day

Plymouth U3A News

South Korea students visit Plymouth U3A
Plymouth U3A had a visit from two South Korean students A-Young and Jujin at the January 2017 meeting, who travelled nine hours from Duksung University in Seoul, to learn how our U3A worked and to take back lessons for older people in Korea.

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Get Together Meetings

Member's Coffee Mornings
The Drop-in Coffee Morning takes place on the first Friday of every month in Wilton Street, and is open to anybody who would like to come. It is really good if new members can meet existing members. Please come you are most welcome. There will never be too many people as there are 40+ cups and mugs!
Citybus 32 from A21 Royal Parade runs every 15 minutes and stops almost outside the door.

Meet & Mix
This is not a regular group but an opportunity for any member to meet other members for an informal chat. We meet in the lounge bar of the Theatre Royal at various dates and times as shown on the website, online calendar and in the newsletter. Join us if you feel like it on the day—no need to book in advance.
February Wed 1st at 11am Fri 24th at 2.30pm
March Tues 14th at 11am Fri 24th at 2.30pm
April Wed 12th at 11am Mon 24th at 2.30pm

University of Plymouth/U3A Partnership

Plymouth U3A enjoys a unique partnership with Plymouth University This partnership gives our members access to lectures and seminar series, ‘behind the scenes’ campus tours, facilities and many other special events including talks from academic experts and contemporary art exhibitions, performances, music and films. Other benefits include support for U3A members with use of new technology and social media, free eyecare with optometry students and library access.

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The University of the Third Age

Plymouth U3A is part of the University of the Third Age movement that provides-life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them. The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. There are currently nearly 385,000 members in 1001 U3As across the UK.

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