Downham Market & District U3A

The University of the Third Age is a national movement for retired and semi-retired people who are keen to carry on learning and sharing knowledge through group activity, as well as making new friends.

Our U3A which was founded in 2009 is very popular, with membership of up to 250. At the moment we have over 25 learning/activity groups, all led voluntarily by members. Where possible these meet in members' home. For those groups requiring a larger space (e.g. Table Tennis or Singing for Pleasure) the group members share the cost of hiring a suitable hall or room. Leaders of outdoor activity groups such as Walking and Gardening keep members informed about meeting venues and outings with annual or halfyearly programmes.All learning/activity groups take place during the day. Some groups may organise coach trips in which case spare seats will be offered to the wider membership.

Our Annual Subscription, payable at the April meeting each year, is currently £15.00. New members joining after December will pay £7.50 until the April meeting. Members of other U3A’s can join for a reduced fee of £11.50.

Monthly meetings are normally held at Downham Town Hall but from October onwards we will be using Denver Village Hall because the Town Hall is required for delivering Covid vaccinations until March next year.We meet on the second Monday of each month, (except August), with guest speakers and refreshments. Whilst the meetings are free to members, we ask visitors to pay £2.00 which will be redeemed if they enrol.

We hope that members that didn't renew membership because of Covid constraints will come back and we are always happy to welcome new members! If you have recently moved to Downham or nearby villages joining the U3A is a good way to make friends and familiarise yourself with the area.

We have lots of lovely groups within Downham Market U3A, from Calligraphy Table Tennis to Gardening. We have Book Groups and Lunch Groups, Walking, Sewing, Current Affairs, Ukulele and Jazz; we have Poetry and Writing for Pleasure,Table Tennis, and many, many more. For details of the current groups please visit: Downham Market & District U3A: Interest Groups (

*Details correct at time of update 07/10/2021


Contact Name
Tim Stamp
Membership Secretary

Where to go

Town Hall
Market Place
Downham Market
PE38 9DE
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