Registered Charity No. 803112



The Bury St Edmunds U3A is a self-help group of people who are no longer in full-time paid employment. We were founded in 1988 and have a membership of over 1000.

  • Our activities include:
  • A monthly lecture of educational interest, open to all members.
  • Specific-interest groups who meet at times of their own choosing.
  • The groups frequently meet in each others houses so group sizes are necessarily small.
  • An annual Study Day on a nationally important topic, open to our members and other local U3As.
  • Educational visits and social/cultural events are organised throughout the year.

We welcome (but do not insist upon!) contributions from all. If you have some specialised knowledge, please do not keep it to yourself, but join and contribute to one of our groups. Or start a group of your own choosing. Help in setting it up is available.


Given the current situation and advice from the government, we have decided that for the health and safely of all our members all U3A meetings, trips and events are suspended.

Study groups continue to meet if it is possible for them to do so within the current guidance.

The office will remain closed until further notice.

If you need to make urgent contact please use

We have added a page to share useful resources to help you keep stimulated during Corona Virus precautions.


Applying for membership of the U3A in Bury St Edmunds

How to Join the U3A

There is no waiting list so if you follow the instructions on the registration form and submit it together with payment your membership card will be sent to you.

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Next Lecture Date

Curiosities from London’s Streets

Speaker: Andrew Warde

Tue 16 Feb @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

See the latest U3A in BSE newsletter for details for how to log in to this lecture. London is like a free open-air museum and art gallery combined – when you know where to look. This talk will show you where to discover a nine-foot dragon, some Grocers camels and a clock that once set time for the whole of Britain. In the words of Walter Beasant; “I've been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day".

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New Study Groups

We have recently added new study groups, to explore what's on offer click the name of the group you are interested in

Art History

Tragic Drama in Ancient Greece and Beyond.

Antiques and Vintage

Business Watch

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