Learn, laugh and live: educational, cultural and social activities for semi-retired and retired people in Barnet

About Barnet u3a

Barnet u3a offers a fun and affordable way for semi-retired and retired people to continue life-long learning through a wide range of interest groups. It’s a great way to share your knowledge, learn new skills and interests – and keep active, make new friends and have fun.

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Monthly Talks 2023

7 December:
Christmas Hits by The Beatles – and many others

And here it is… Martin Orkin will be riding his one-horse open sleigh up to Barnet to give us a fun celebration of – and reveal some surprises about – some of the iconic Xmas-related songs of the 1960s and ‘70s. Feel free to sing along!

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The Monthly Meeting recordings
are available here

Health and safety

Most of our groups meet up in person either in members’ home or at easily accessible venues. Post-pandemic, some groups now prefer to use social media such as WhatsApp or Zoom.

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We have nearly 200 groups to choose from – covering a wide range of hobbies and interests from art history to gardening, board games to pilates – and practically everything inbetween.


Despite its name, Barnet u3a is NOT a university and there are NO exams! It’s a great way to meet new people in a stimulating and friendly environment.

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The social life available within Barnet u3a is important for many of our members. Most groups have their own social dimension and we also organize supper quizzes, Xmas dinners and other social events. 

Getting out and about???

Our brilliant Outings, Trips and Cruises Team offers a wide range of:

  • Day trips to historic houses, gardens and shows
  • Short breaks around the UK
  • River and sea cruises in Europe

Beacon – Change in Login Procedure

The first time that you access Beacon (the Members Portal) after the 18th April 2023 you will need to go through a short registration process. Full instructions on the new system are available by clicking the button