Registered Charity No. 803112
learn, laugh, live



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.

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

  • 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. 
  • Visit the u3a stand on Wednesday 23rd June

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

    You can visit us:
    9.00 – 16.00
    Bury St Edmunds
    Market Square

    Click the link to view the u3a poster

  • Computer Clinic

    Having been thwarted by the government once again the Computer Clinic has re-arranged the start-up date to Monday 19th July. All the information you need is contained in our entry under
    Interest Groups/Science & Philosophy/Computer Clinic.

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.