Barnet u3a

A friendly organisation devoted to improving the lives of the Retired and Semi-Retired

About Barnet u3a

Barnet University of the Third Age Barnet u3a offers people no longer in full-time employment an opportunity for life-long learning, friendship and hopefully some fun. A key aim of Barnet u3a is to encourage and enable older people no longer in full-time paid employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience

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Monthly Meetings

Matt Brown, author and editor of “The Londonist”. His talk is “From The Sewers to the Rooftops: An Explorer’s Guide to London”

Thursday June 2nd 10.30AM

The Monthly Meeting recordings
are available here

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All Groups have resumed normal activities
Some groups now prefer to use social media such as WhatsApp and online conferencing tools like Zoom.

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There are nearly 200 interest groups from which to choose. The meetings are , when we are not locked-down, at convenient times and at venues all around the northern part of Barnet.


Barnet U3A is NOT a university. We have a wide range of groups engaged in what might be called leisure pursuits for example Gardening, Board Games, Pilates and lots of Walking Groups

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The social side of Barnet U3A is central to our success. In normal times we have Quizzes, Xmas dinners and social events. Virtually every group had  a social dimension. 

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Outings, Trips and Cruises

Barnet u3a has an absolutely brilliant Outings and Trips team. They  offer an incredible range of activities:

  • Trips to wonderful Gardens
  • Short breaks
  • Cruises to Europe

Monthly Meetings

Future Meetings

Matt Brown, author and editor of “The Londonist”. His talk is “From The Sewers to the Rooftops: An Explorer’s Guide to London” He has been in some pretty unusual bits of London over the years, from scaling the roof of St Pancras station and the Royal Albert Hall, to venturing into the sewers beneath the City and some secret catacombs below Camden Market (in a canoe!). The talk takes the audience to many familiar places, but from some very unusual angles.
Although this date is the spring bank holiday the meeting will remain on June 2nd.
7th July:
Martin Orkin – Following his retirement from the banking industry, Martin decided to write a detailed book celebrating his love of the Beatles and other music of the era. He is coming to BU3A to talk about the book” “Rivals of the Beatles” and to present musical excerpts. He will be bringing copies with him.
1st September
“Age UK Barnet” Speaker to be confirmed
6th October
Hugh Montgomery –  Besides being Professor of Intense Care medicine at UCL and being an intensive care Consultant at the Whittington Hospital he has a strong interest in environmental impacts on health.
When he came in 2018 he wrote a long article in our Newsletter about the latter. He is coming once again to give us an update on Climate Change matters.
3rd November
Tony Hurford-Emeritus Professor of Geology University College London, Coordinator of the Geology group in Potters Bar U3A and activities in many other fields.

He is going to give a talk on where volcanoes are found and the linkage with earthquakes 
1st December
Jo Walton-A freelance lecturer specializing in Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture and in British art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Jo, also an Arts Society lecturer, has consented to give a talk at BU3A on the artist “Raphael” about whom there will be an exhibition this year at the National Gallery 


The Monthly Meeting are  normally   on the first Thursday of the month. The Meeting begins  at 9.45 am in Ewen Hall where tea/coffee and biscuits are available. The talk starts at 10.30 am.
In the hall, you can book Outings, find out about new groups from the Groups team, discover what is happening in the London U3A region.  The membership team are on duty to answer queries and register new members.

Non members are  welcome to come to these meetings, to find out more about Barnet U3A

Ewen Hall,
Wood Street,
Barnet,EN5 4BW