Welcome to Bracknell Forest U3A

Who Are We?

Bracknell Forest U3A is a group of people who are no longer in full time employment who come together to Live, Laugh and Learn,  to develop new interests, share hobbies and skills and make new friends. Regular activities take place during the day Monday to Friday, so are aimed at the retired and those working part time prior to retirement.

U3A stands for "University of the Third Age", where the word “university” is used in its original sense meaning a group of people coming together to learn: no exams, no tests, just the pleasure of learning.

We have over 50 different interest groups including walking, trips out, languages, IT, book groups, music, arts and dance.

Want to know more about U3A?  Take a look at the About Us page, where you will also find a link to the national U3A organisation.

Membership of Bracknell Forest U3A

As a member of Bracknell Forest U3A you pay an annual subscription, giving you access to all our activities including Open Meetings and the various Interest Groups. This also gives you membership of the national Third Age Trust, from which you receive regular mailings. Most Interest Groups have running costs such as room hire, and you thus pay a further small amount each time you attend a group meeting.

If you are already a member of another U3A (and continue in such membership) you can benefit from a slightly reduced subscription, and thus avoid getting duplicate mailings from the Third Age Trust.

For more details of membership options and to join, please see the Membership page.

Note that membership of Bracknell Forest U3A does not confer any automatic rights regarding activities of any other U3As.

Thinking of Joining?

If you are not quite ready to join, you will be very welcome to attend one of our Open Meetings (see below) as a Visitor - just turn up and introduce yourself at the door. We offer tea/coffee and biscuits after the talk, and on most such occasions you will find a dedicated area where you as a prospective member will be able to talk to some of the Committee and others already involved.

If you are interested in particular subjects please browse the list of Interest Groups. Each group page has a link to enable you to contact the Group organiser, and in some cases you will be able to attend one or two group meetings before deciding.


As a member of Bracknell Forest U3A you can access more information on this website by clicking the Members Area button at the top of the page, or by following this link.  In either case you will need to log in using the Username and Password  you were given when you joined or renewed your membership. Note that these login details change each year, so you will need to use current ones.

If you are a member and are having difficulty logging in please contact the membership secretary:

Open Meetings

Open meetings are held about every six weeks.
Next Open Meeting
DATE:Thursday 21st February 2019 at 2.00pm
VENUE:Open Learning Centre
Rectory Lane, Bracknell RG12 7GR
SUBJECT: Secrets of the Box
Tony Weston (who gave us a very successful talk in March 2016) will talk about the search to discover the owner of a Regency writing desk using as clues the letters and shop receipts hidden within its secret compartment.

This Website

If you find any mistakes, missing items or pages, or even if you just want to see more, then get in touch: 

Some Formalities

At Bracknell Forest U3A we take data protection very seriously. Our Data Protection Statement can be found here and the associated Privacy Statement can be found here.

Our Constitution can be found here.