Welcome to our U3A

“U3A’s show the value of communities of interest and learning which are not defined by age, or by past experience, but instead are defined by the experiences still to be explored”.

The UK U3A movement was founded over 35 years ago, which aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them.

Maghull & Lydiate U3A was started by a small group of dedicated people in 2006, currently we have over 500 members. We are part of a national and international network of U3A groups. A self-help organisation for people who are retired from full time work, it provides many educational, creative and leisure opportunities for our members who share their skills & experiences in a variety of ways.

From the start, the guiding principles were to promote lifelong learning through self-help interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities as chosen by our members.

The ‘third age’ is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but a focus on people who are no longer in full-time employment.

Your membership includes:

  • Over 50 varied activity groups
  • Weekly social meetings
  • The national u3a magazine published 5 times a year
  • The option of joining regular trips within the UK and abroad
  • … and the opportunity to make many new friends!