About the u3a

The Cardiff u3a

The Cardiff u3a was formed in 1987 and is one of nearly 1000 autonomous u3as throughout the UK. We are a registered charity, No: 1033518. We are also part of the South Wales u3a Network and the all Wales u3a.

The u3a movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together to enjoy good company and to learn together, not for qualifications, but for its own reward.


We have over 800 members and growing every year.

  • You pay an annual membership fee March to February.
  • Then join in as many, or as few, of the 45 or so activities on offer as you want.
  • The only additional costs are for your own refreshments and the expenses of things you choose to get involved in, such as room hire or transport.
  • There are also occasional special events, email communications and a monthly meeting with a speaker which is open to all members.
  • You are eligible to take part in events, talks and groups run by Third Age Trust.

See Join Us for further details.


Members meet in activity groups at various venues in Cardiff. The activity groups range across creative arts, languages, science and other areas of interest and pastimes. Over 40 groups are currently active. Many groups make a small charge per meeting to cover room hire costs.

Prospective members are invited to come along to one monthly meeting for free, and two u3a group meetings as ‘tasters’ at which they will be asked to contribute towards any room hire fees.

Please note that, for insurance reasons, children or those who do not fulfil the criteria for membership cannot come along to any meetings.

Have a look at our programme of activities and come along and join in.

Monthly Meetings

There is an Open Meeting with a guest speaker on the second Tuesday of every month in City United Reform Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BZ. It starts at 2:00pm. Details of future meetings.


An Annual General Meeting is held in November each year, which elects an Executive Committee who administer the U3A as Trustees of the charity.

Groups are organised by one or more convenors who will see to the day to day workings and activities.

Our Ethos
If you have reached the point at which you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new, the Cardiff u3a is for you. We have a ‘university’ of 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.

Third Age Trust
The Trust is the national representative body for u3as in the UK, providing educational and administrative support.
Visit the National u3a website

Wales Trustee
The trustee is elected by the region to the Board of the Third Age Trust. One of their tasks is to share good practice and experiences between u3as in the region.
Visit the Wales Trustee page