Soar Valley


u3a is a self-help organisation that provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities for people who are no longer in full time employment - including people who are retired, semi-retired or working part time.

There are over a thousand local, independently managed u3as across the UK, all charities and all run by volunteers. Members organise interest groups in line with the wishes of the membership.

The national representative body for all u3as in the UK is the Third Age Trust.

Soar Valley u3a welcomes members from Costock, East Leake, Gotham, Kegworth, Normanton on Soar, Sutton Bonington, and adjacent areas.

We are a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends – all while learning, laughing and living life to the full.

Our main purpose, as stated in our Constitution, is to encourage lifelong learning for those no longer in full time employment. We are affiliated to the Third Age Trust and are members of The Association of East Midlands u3as. We are a Registered Charity (Number 1101205).

We have around forty special interest groups, managed by members, covering a huge range of topics and activities. Visit our main Groups page to learn more.

We organise a programme of events, including open meetings with entertaining and informative speakers, outings and social get-togethers. Visit the Events page to see what's coming up.

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or Get in touch.

Walking 2 descending a hill

Sequence Dancing Group

Outing to flower show

Cycling group out on the road

Members enjoying a quiz

Walking 1 passing through a gate

At the Book Group

Bowls players checking the lie of the woods

At Nottingham Industrial Museum

Demonstration to Garden Group

Audience at a general meeting

An annual membership fee of just £12 (£9 if you are currently a member of another u3a) is due on 1st March each year. There can be an additional small charge for some groups, either per session or annually, for example to pay for room hire or equipment. Outings and some social events are charged separately.

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