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.


Latest News

  • Apex Lecture Season 21/22

    Tuesday 19th October – Jim Holmes. Bowing to Tradition: Traditionalism and Modernity in Japanese Society.

    Talk starts 10.30am 

    For more details click here

    Refreshments available from Apex cafe 

    No booking required.

    See fuller details of the season and Covid -19 safety advice under Events.



  • Having trouble renewing your membership or using the website?

    Come along to Computer Clinic: runs 10-12 Mondays at the Apex Gallery, and we’ll try to help you.

    Please note: on Monday 11th & 18th October, the Apex Gallery is closed so the clinic will  will be held in Cafe Nero opposite Poundland in the Buttermarket.


  • To Contact Us

    0300 telephone number temporarily suspended.


    Please send queries to or write to

    u3a c/o 90 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3AA

Next Lecture Date

Classical Tricks in Building Design

Speaker: John Sherlock

Tue 16 Nov @ 10:30 am11:30 am

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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

Elizabethan Age


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.

 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.