Plymouth U3A is a learning co-operative of mature people which enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is not a ‘university’ in the accepted sense, but is a meeting place for those who are no longer in full time employment who want to share their varying interests by way of subject groups.

U3A members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together; not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!


Monthly Meetings

Because of Covid-19 restrictions Monthly Meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Virtual Monthly Meeting

The committee have decided that during these difficult times, we should re-introduce holding our general meetings, albeit the only way we can, as a virtual meeting via Zoom. We will commence these meetings on Monday 8th February. There will, of course, be a speaker as part of this event. However, it will also provide us with the opportunity to touch base with members and allow them to meet our new committee members. Notification of this event will come via email from Trish Hodge – our online meetings co-ordinator, about two weeks before. There are 95 places available and you can reserve your place by reply to her notification email. Invites will be allocated on a first come first served basis in order of response to this email.

Online Talks

During October and November we trialed Online Talks. This proved to be very popular, so we now have one or two Online Talks every month whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place.


Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the Mariner Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Plymouth (previously the Holiday Inn). Situated at the Hoe end of Armada Way in Plymouth city centre, it is convenient for the many buses in Royal Parade.

Meetings start from 10:45 with tea and coffee served from 10:00. After the meeting, you may like to enjoy a light lunch in the bar area.

Free parking is available at the hotel for three hours on the day of the U3A meeting, providing that the vehicle is registered at the hotel reception upon arrival.

Location of Crowne Plaza