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Mar 30

18th-20th July -U3A National Festival – University of York

   Join us for u3a Festival 24

The u3a movement is holding its first ever Festival in 2024, 18 – 20 July, where members will be running a wide variety of activities – talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops which will make this u3a national festival something to remember.

How can I take part?


u3a Festival 24 will take place in the beautiful city of York over 3 days and will be held at the University of York based around their exhibition centre.

Book your accommodation

The accommodation on campus is now fully booked. York is a major tourist city and there is lots of alternative accommodation in the southeast of the city where the university is situated. Online booking agents have Airbnb options available together with a range of guest houses and hotels across the price range.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are not yet available to buy but the cost of the attending festival will be as follows:

  • Day 1, Thursday 18 July – £25 including buffet supper
  • Day 2, Friday 19 July – £10 for the full day
  • Day 3, Saturday 20 July – £5 for a half day
  • Full festival to include all 3 days and a buffet supper on Day 1 – £35

Festival updates

Keep up to date with the latest Festival 24 news by signing up to our u3a Friends Newsletter.

Once signed up, you’ll need to update your preferences to receive our monthly Festival updates.

We’ll also post regular updates on our social media channels.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved or have a query about the festival please get in touch by emailing

Mar 03

18 – 20 July – U3A Festival 2024 – University of York

u3a Festival 2024: 18-20 July u3a’s first national festival will run over three days at the University of York. There’ll be a wide variety of activities, talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops. The organisers are keen to strengthen their musical offering so, if any of Kingston u3a’s singers or musicians would like to participate, please email You can find more details about events, accommodation (Airbnb, guest houses and hotels), costs and regular updates about this on the national festival’s website.

Jan 04

Third Age Trust – National U3A Events Online

u3a members can join a wide range of online talks, workshops and courses for free with their membership!

Most of these opportunities are presented by members themselves; sharing their knowledge or skills with others across the movement. We also have a wide range of talks on offer from well-known speakers and organisations, plus in-person events at venues like the Royal Institution.

All of these events can be booked below via Eventbrite. At the time of booking, please ensure that you can attend and if you later find that you’re unable to, please cancel your place through Eventbrite to avoid others missing out unnecessarily. All events are for u3a members only.

If you are considering offering a talk or workshop please get in touch at – we’d love to hear from you.

Our online events are hosted on Zoom. We have some ‘How to Guides for using Zoom if you are unfamiliar with the platform. Don’t forget u3a also runs many projects, initiatives and competitions available for all members to get involved in too


Link to these events

Be prepared to scroll down as they are trying to get you to subscribe before showing you details of all events but they are there!

•Aviation Network Meeting: Time is Money, Concorde was Prestige – 10am Tue, 5 Mar

  • • Artificial Intelligence News – 3.30pm Thu 7 Mar
  •  • Exploring World Faiths: Women in Faith – 10am Mon,11 Mar
  • • An Introduction to Influencing and Social Change (Online) – 10am Wed,13 Mar
  • • Using AI to Fight Climate Change – 10am Tue,19 March
  • • John Snow and the Hunt for the Source of Cholera in Victorian London – 10am Wed,20 Mar
  • • Secrets of the Human Brain Talk Three: Brain and Behaviour – 2pmWed, 27 Mar
  • • Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords – 10am Thu,28 Mar
  • • Suffering and Hope in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – 2pm Thu,28 Mar
  • • From Pleasure Gardens to Theme Parks – 2pm Fri,5 Apr
  • • Electing the President in 2024: an Update – 2pm Tue,9 Apr
  • • Live Cookery Demonstration: Spring Recipes – 10.30am Thu,11 Apr
  • • Live Cookery Demonstration: More Spring Recipes – 10.30am Thu,18 Apr
  • • The Climate Crisis – and Some Solutions – 10am Fri,19 Apr
Jan 04

Successful New Years Quiz

Our first Monthly meeting was on January 8th and as tradition dictates was a Quiz!  Lots of you did join us and serious competition began.  Dingbats with an Animal Theme,   Whose eyes are these?  Name this building in Kingston Borough from an interesting photo(?) embarrassing how many you nearly knew but couldn’t quite name. There was close competition not to win as usual but we have crowned the winners and await their version of a quiz for next year.

P.S. many thanks to this years organisers who were a cross section of keen quizzers previously unknown to each other who provided us all with lots of fun in a very well organised event.

Jan 04

Surrey Network Study Days Jan- May 2024

Surrey Network: Study Days

Study days have been arranged in the coming months.

Time: 10am-4pm (registration and login begin at 9.30am)

Dates: See programme details below.

Place: You can attend in person at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon or join online via Zoom.

Cost (including tea/coffee biscuits): £12 for members and £15 for guests attending in person. Attendees should bring their own packed lunch. £5 for those attending via Zoom.