The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an organisation which provides, through its member U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for the sheer joy of discovery!

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

Here in Kidsgrove we provide a range of groups and activities from Philosopy to Walking groups. The full range can be seen on the Activities page.

We hold general meetings once a month (except August and December) where all are welcome to come and chat to the members and see what is on offer that might suit you. These meetings are normally on the last Tuesday of each month at 1.30pm in Butt Lane Community Centre…but check the Latest News page for any changes and details of the speaker.

Some pictures of the various groups and also of the local area can be found in the Gallery with the latest reports from the various groups on the Latest News page.

The Kidsgrove & District U3A group official constitution is available here or a paper copy can be obtained at one of the monthly meetings.


COVID-19 Coronavirus – all activities are suspended until further notice.

The table shows all the activities currently available. For more information about any of them please email info@kidsgroveu3a.org.uk

For what’s on this month including these activities and any special events see the calendar further down the page.

Activity Day Time Frequency
Music Appreciation Wednesday 13:30 – 15:30 2nd Wednesday of month
Philosophy Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 Weekly
Poetry Appreciation Tuesday 14:00 – 15:30 3rd Tuesday of month
Reading Group Friday 10:00 – 11:00 Last Friday of month
Scottish Dancing Friday 14:00 – 15:00 No longer running
Theatre Group Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 Monthly
Tai Chi Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 Weekly
Ukelele Group Monday 15:00 – 16:00 Weekly
Walking Tuesday 9:30 start Contact leaders for details

Click on any event on the calendar for more details.