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 2016/2017 are now overdue. The membership fee is £12 per person or £22 for a couple living at the same address. 

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

Upcoming Meetings

Christmas Crackers
Brenda Loosemore
Humorous readings and amusing anecdotes on a festive theme.

January 2017
Plymouth Shops Alan Bricknell
Looking around the city centre in Plymouth today, many of the names above the shop entrances are well known national, or even, international businesses. But as recently as 50 years ago the majority of retail outlets in the centre of Plymouth were local shops and stores, founded by entrepreneurs who had been born and brought up in the West Country. This illustrated talk looks at the history of some of those shops, including Pophams, Dingles, Spooners and John Yeo, and the people behind them.

Saltram - Who Lived in a House Like This Anida Rayfield
A peek at the Loves, Loss and Lifestyle of the Parker Family of Saltram House

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.

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.
January Thurs 5th at 11am Mon 23rd at 2.30pm
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 384,000 members in 999 U3As across the UK.

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