Registered Charity No. 803112
learn, laugh, live


Welcome to Bury St Edmunds u3a

If you are no longer in full-time employment and have some time to spare, u3a is the organisation that will give you the chance to develop existing interests and explore new ones, while making new friends.

Our members run more than 50 Interest Groups – ranging  across the creative, the educational, the physical and the social.  From Walking to Wine Appreciation, Art to Antiques, Politics to Philosophy, Science to Shakespeare, Bridge to Current Affairs … the list goes on.  The Groups are self-chosen and run by the members themselves.

In addition, we offer a monthly programme of talks at The Apex, as well as visits and social events throughout the year.

We are a friendly group of people who want to keep active, learning and socialising.  Come and join us!


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.

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.

To renew your membership


Latest News

  • Drop in Coffee Morning at the Apex Gallery – Watch this space for next date

    An informal chance to chat with other members,  Upstairs in the gallery of the Apex.
    Pop in, buy a coffee, meet other members and chat. No need to book.


  • Welcome to the new-look website

    Welcome to all u3a members to your new-look interactive website, which will form the core information source for everything we offer.
    Find all the latest news and events including up-to-date information on our wide-range of Interest Groups, Trips, Lectures and Social Events – as well as manage your subscription. 
  • Volunteer for the Committee

    Our u3a needs committee members: please consider volunteering. There are several specific roles, such as Lecture Secretary, available –  as well as ‘general’ roles, to help for example with specific events during the year and generally contribute to the planning and decision making of the committee.
    Everyone has a skill or life experience which is valuable to the work of a committee.  The most important one is probably enthusiasm and a desire to keep this wonderful organisation going! 
    If you are interested please contact the Chairlady for more details or click here for a nomination form.


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 Greek Drama


Antiques and Vintage


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.