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Welcome to Penrith and North Lakes University of the Third Age










The Penrith and North Lakes U3A was initiated in 1996 at the Ullswater Community College, and we now have over 550 members.


Our present activities include:


Special Interest Groups are led by volunteers and cater for a variety of educational, cultural and recreational interests. The Groups all have their own identity and operate in different ways, some meeting in members’ homes, others in hired rooms.


The Monthly Meetings give people the opportunity to get to know each other and discuss which special interest groups are running or planned.


There is an annual membership fee, currently £13, which is fixed at the Annual General Meeting. Members also receive the national magazine which is published quarterly.  


If you are interested in sharing knowledge and experiences, developing your own capabilities by learning with others then the U3A is for you.

  • Special Interest Groups with a leader or convenor

  • Bi-monthly Newsletter - a lifeline to keep all members informed about what is going on

  • Monthly meetings with a special speaker

  • Group visits inside and outside Cumbria.





All monthly meetings start at 2.15 at Penrith Playhouse


November 15


Theatre by the Lake,

Conrad Lynch was artistic director at Theatre by the Lake and he will be talking about his experiences in theatre.



Open Day


The Penrith and North Lakes U3a Open Day is at Penrith Rugby Club on Thursday 22 November from 10.00 - 12.00.


Come along and see what we do, what groups are available or meet old friends.



December 13


Christmas Event  - Supporting Young People





January 17


Life at the Bar


Greg Hoare talks about his time in the law.



February 21 


Farming with nature at RSPB Haweswater  

Lee Schofield



Mar 21


Saving Lowther Castle and Gardens

Bryan Gray


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