Who we are


New to the U3A?  What is it?

Joining the U3A leads to ‘a mixture of learning and leisure in the company of like-minded people’!   The U3A is a national (and international) movement, with over 1100 local U3As operating autonomously in the UK.  The core idea of the U3A to to bring together people in their third age to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.  Click here for information about the U3A Principles. 

What do we mean by ‘third age’?  It’s when you have have time in your life to pursue your own interests – you may have finished working full-time and/or raising your family, or be in a period of having time to yourself.  “Do I have to be a certain age?”  No, this is about your stage in life, not about having attained a certain chronological age.  Working part-time but would like to get involved? No problem, that is OK too. There is lots more information about the U3A movement available from the U3A National Office.

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How to become a member?

click here to find out how to join us.  

If you would like to meet us before joining,  please come along to a coffee morning (these are being held via Zoom at present), or ask to join in with an Interest Group. Contact the Membership Secretary. 




Our U3A is steered by a Committee of about 10-12 people, drawn from the membership through annual elections. Click here for more on how the Group runs itself. Click here to see our Policy statements. 

At the heart of each U3A group are Interest Groups – people focusing on a topic or activity with a common shared interest. The interest groups range far and wide – but if there is no interest group already for YOUR topic or activity, why not start one?  Click for information about our Interest Groups.

As a voluntary self-help group we need people to come forward and help. If you might be willing to lead an interest group or join the committee, we would love to hear from you. Please speak to a Committee member or email them. 

Besides monthly coffee mornings and regular interest group activities, we also like to arrange visits and Special Interest Days but currently have not got a person to organise these.  If you have experience of organising these sorts of activities, please let us know!

We are linked to Taunton, Wellington, and Exmoor (Dulverton) U3As in a partnership, as well as being part of the U3A South West Region. As a member of your local U3A, you may enjoy affiliated links to our neighbours and access to the wider national U3A initiatives.


Minehead & District covers Williton, Watchet, Porlock, Stogumber, and other villages in West Somerset as well as the town of Minehead