Leeds u3a The University of the Third Age

The canal gardens, Roundhay

Interest groups

The main activity of our u3a, apart from the General Meetings (see the Programme page for those), occurs in small study or social groups meeting weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but not usually during school holidays.

All group leaders are volunteers. As each group is expected to be self supporting, there may be a small attendance fee to cover expenses such as room hire, cost of materials or refreshments.

The groups are listed below, with times and places of meeting. Several of them have their own web page, which you can access by clicking on the group's name. There is a key at the bottom of the list to explain the abbreviations for meeting places. Groups for which no meeting place is listed either meet in a member's home or involve visits to different places.

Members are asked to check with the group contact before attending a group for the first time. (Their telephone numbers are on the printed programme, or you can phone the enquiry line on 07951 455020.) Some groups are currently full, but most have room for new members.

Click here for a printable New Group Registration Form if you are considering setting up a new interest group.


Walking Cricket starting Friday 23 July at Goals on Redcote Lane (just off Kirkstall Road), LS4 2AW.

A great opportunity for anyone (no previous experience necessary) to have fun while keeping active. Perfectly fits with u3a objectives to learn, laugh and live. Every Friday from 10:00 to midday. Cost £3 per session.

This new-to-Leeds activity can be fun for anyone. It has a very inclusive ethos.

If you feel the slightest interest in this, please come along. Further information can be obtained from Gary Thurston (gary17thurston@gmail.com) or by phoning the u3a phone 07951 455020.


Latest update, June 2021: At present, the following groups are meeting.


Meetings started again in April – actively seeking more members. Contact Tony Spice.

Book group A

1st Thursday in the month, 2:00 3:00 Zoom meeting. Contact Sue Buchan.

Book group B

Also on Zoom.

Brush up your French

Every Monday, 2:00–3:30 Zoom meeting. Contact Bernie Bonner.


On Zoom (includes some non-u3a members while on Zoom).

Easy cycling (new group)

Thursdays 10.15. Contact Meryl Knapp.


No garden visits planned, but a speaker is booked for September.

Guitar club & workshop

Alternate Thursdays, 2:00–4:30 Zoom meeting. Contact Bob Simpson.


Zoom on alternate Thursdays.

Latin group

Zoom on alternate Wednesdays.

Masters of photography

Zoom only, at present.

Music appreciation group

Anne Wyatt has been producing podcasts for the group. Contact her for details.


Restarted on 17 May.


Restarted on 15 April.

Walking group

Walks resumed on 5 May, with precautions including social distancing and limited numbers for the first 3 months.

7 Up group

Walks resumed on 28 April, with precautions including social distancing and limited numbers for the first 3 months.

8 mile hikers (new group)

See the listing below. Contact Jenny for informtion.

Writing for pleasure

3rd Thursday in the month, 10.00–12.00 Zoom meeting. Contact Mally Harvey.

Zoom Shakespeare (new group)

Alternate Thursday afternoons 2.00. Contact Emma Glaisher.

Group Times Place Contact
Art appreciation 2nd Mon, 11:00–12:30 HEA Vince Mihill
Art – looking at paintings
with Hans Van Lemmen
Last Fri, 11:00–12:30 HEA Angela Timbers
Bird watching 3rd Thu   Tony Spice
Book group
(two groups)
Group A: 1st Thu, 2:00–3:00
Group B: 2nd Fri, 2:00–3:00
LCL Sue Buchan
Anne Smith
Bridge Tue, 3:30–5:00 MA Sue Friedman
Brush up your French Mon, 2:00–3:30 HEA Marie Glover
Card making Alt Tue, 1:45–3:45   Anne Wyatt
Choir Thu, 11:00–12:30 HEA Alison Brewster
Cinema As and when   Anne Smith
Country dancing Alt Tue, 2:00–3:00 MA Joan and Eric Wells
Easy cycling Thu, 10:15   Meryl Knapp
Ethnic Food Fans Monthly   Connie Evans
French (intermediate) Mon, 1:30–3:00 HEA Peter Palmer
Gardening 3rd Mon, 2:00–4:00 (in winter months) MA Margaret Buchan
Sheila Goodwin
German improvers Alt Mon, 3:00–4:30 LD Neil Mcdonald
Grand Day Out Informal day excursions to regional attractions   Margret Quinton
Guitar club & workshop Alt Thu, 2:00–4:30 SCH Bob Simpson
Historical Yorkshire 2nd Wed Vicky Jones
History Thu, 11:00–12:30 HEA Bernie Bonner
Ann Lunn
Latin Alt Tue, 10:00–11:00   Janet Keogh
Literature Tue, 11:15–12:45 HEA Jo Turner
Mah Jongg for beginners Thu, 1:30–3:30   Jenny Bannister
Masters of photography 2nd Wed, 11:15–12:45 LD Peter Smith
Louise Robinson
Music appreciation Wed (except 2nd), 10:30–12:00 MAB Anne Wyatt
(two groups)
Mon, 11:00–12:00
Fri, 11:00–12:00
CA Jackie Friend
(two groups)
Alt Mon, 10:30–12:00
Alt Mon, 10:30–12:30
  Joan Shiers
Anne Searles
Scrabble Alt Mon, 2:00–4:30 LD Diane Stone
Shakespeare reading Thu, 2:15–4:15   Lynda Wilcox
Shakespeare on Zoom Alt Thu, 2:00   Emma Glaisher
Spanish Wed, 10:00–12:00 IHM Ian Ackroyd
Strollers 3rd Wed   Margret Quinton
Table tennis Tue, 2:45–4:15 LAW Gary Thurston
Tai Chi
(two groups)
Tue, 9:30–10:30
Tue, 11:00–12:00
MA Barbara Isaac
Tennis Thu, 10:00–11:30 STC Margaret Maiden
Ukulele Mon 2:00–4:00 QMH Martin Baggott
Walking 1st Wed   Maureen Speight
7 Up (longer walks) 4th Wed   Rosaline Vickers
Walking 8 mile hikers 2nd or 3rd Wed   Jenny Bannister
Walking cricket Fri, 10.00–12.00 GS Gary Thurston
Writing for pleasure 3rd Thu, 10.00–12.00 IHM Mally Harvey

Key to locations

CA Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash & Gym Club,
Wensley Avenue, Leeds LS7 3QX
0113 226 6622
GS Goals Stadium
Redcote Lane, Off Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2AW
0113 263 3030
HEA Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre
Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN
0113 275 4548
IHM Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE
0113 268 1373
LAW Lawnswood YMCA Sport and Leisure Centre
Otley Road, Leeds LS16 6HE
0113 261 2484
LCL Leeds Central Library
Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB
0113 247 6016
LD The Lord Darcy
618 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8EH
0113 237 0100
MA Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre
Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6EL
MAB Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre Bar Area  
QMH Quaker Meeting House
136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8 2BW
SCH Stainbeck Community Hall
162 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds LS7 2EA
0113 268 4761
STC Shadwell Tennis Club,
The Ginnel,Main Street Shadwell, Leeds LS17 8HD
0113 273 7027

Disabled access

Other than private homes, the venues we currently use comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995, and have access plus other facilities for the disabled. However, you should check with the either the group leader or the venue to ensure that the facilities you require are available before attending for the first time.