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U3A in East Suffolk (University of the Third Age)

General Details

U3A (University of the Third Age) is a cooperative of people offering educational, recreational and social activities for those with time during the day. It is for people who consider themselves to be in their 3rd age and no longer work full-time.

Who to contact

Martyn Hargraves
0300 1233913
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St. John's Street
IP12 1ED

Where to go

U3A in East Suffolk
Area served
Saxmundham, Ipswich, South Ipswich, Aldeburgh, Kesgrave, East Suffolk, Debenham, Leiston, East Ipswich, Framlingham, Wickham Market, North Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe
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U3A East Suffolk covers an area stretching from Ipswich and Felixstowe  through Woodbridge and up to Aldeburgh and Framlingham and the villages.

Speaker  meetings are held at four venues, Kesgrave, Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Felixstowe.

Interest groups are situated throughout East Suffolk mainly in people's homes.

Days & Times

Speaker meetings are held on the last Monday of the month at 2.00pm (Kesgrave), the 3rd Monday of alternate months at 10.30am (Woodbridge), 1st Thursday of the month 10.30am (Felixstowe) and 2nd Thursday of the month (Saxmundham)

Other details

Cost Details
£12.50 per annum
Age Groups
Wheelchair Access, Audio Loop

Accreditation website
Accreditation details
The national U3A provides us with resources for learning and lobbies for increased learning for those no longer working full-time.


The U3A in East Suffolk has more than 2000 members and 165 small interest groups which meet regularly, usually in members’ homes, to pursue a range of special interests including Reading, Poetry, Science, Family History, French, German, International and Current Affairs, Canasta, Music Appreciation and many more. Other groups more often venture out and these include the Church Crawlers, Garden Visits, Walking, Architecture and Lunch Clubs. A monthly programme of talks on a wide range of subjects also takes place in Kesgrave, Woodbridge, Saxmundham, and Felixstowe, open to all members. These meetings are very sociable and finish with  tea and biscuit time giving members the chance to establish new interest groups and make new friends. There are no entry qualifications and no exams. The annual fee is £12.50 and this secures full membership to all activities. Any new person wishing to join after March 1st will have extended membership until 30 June of the following year.

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