Welcome to Formby u3a


Founded over 35 years ago, the UK u3a movement (based loosely on the French model) aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

If you’re wondering what we mean by the third age – it is a time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new.

The u3a has members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward. It’s all voluntary; a typical u3a will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects – from art to zoology and everything in between.

Today, the UK movement includes over 400,000 u3a members in more than 1,000 u3as and is continuing to grow every day.

Since its formation in 1990 Formby u3a has grown steadily such that there are now about 1300 members, nearly 50 different subjects and over 75 individual Groups. A mutual interest leads to new friendships and many Groups meet in members’ homes, adding an important social dimension.

Formby U3A is a member of the Third Age Trust which is the u3a National body looking after all the u3as in the UK, providing educational and administrative support

Please click here to view our groups

For more information about the National u3a organisation (Third Age Trust) please click here