Please note that due to the current recommendations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, all Group meetings, Coffee Mornings, Monthly Lunches at the Royal Hotel and use of the Upper Room have been cancelled for the time being. We will update our Website with any changes as the situation develops.

Torridge U3A Committee 17/03/2020

With the continuing effects of the Coronavirus on our U3A activities we are placing a number of links to organisations and websites which we think may be of interest to our members.

The National U3A also has a Facebook group for U3A members to socialise and keep in touch with each other, To join the site, you only
have to log on to their Facebook page, ask to join and confirm to which U3A you are a member.

Craft U3A – This is a U3A Facebook site for members of U3A craft groups worldwide.

U3A Rocks – A Facebook page for anyone interested in rocks, geology and fossils.

For any of our members who belong to a local library, even though our physical libraries are closed you can access a wide range of electronic books, magazines and thousands of Audiobooks online via

The BBC iPlayer service has a wide range of shows, films and documentaries at

You can do virtual tours of some of the Royal Palaces, try Buckingham Palace at

Visit the National Gallery at

Stream live theatre shows from the National Theatre at 

TED Talks – This sitefeatures a huge range of video presentations on all aspects of technology,
education and design and features speakers from all around the world. You can
find TED talks at

Welcome to the Home Page of Torridge Third Age Group (U3A), which centres on Bideford and the surrounding area.  Our aim is to give retired people the opportunity to participate, enjoy and broaden their interests, knowledge and experience in the company of like-minded people.

Torridge U3A has about 400 members and over 40 interest groups offering the chance to participate in a wide range of interests including art, languages, music, local history, science, bridge, computing, crafts, dancing, walking and sport.  Many groups meet weekly while others may be fortnightly or monthly.  Some groups will meet in a member’s house, while others may meet in a local hall.  The principal monthly event is a lunch, with speaker, at the Royal Hotel, Bideford.  For further details of particular Group activities, please click  on "Groups"  in the left-hand column.

The U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  It consists of local U3As all over the UK and are run entirely by volunteers.

Local U3As draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups for their membership. The emphasis is on learning for pleasure and all members are encouraged to take an active part, whether attending a group or leading a group themselves.  No qualifications are needed to join and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

If you are retired, why not come along and try us out.  If your special interest is not listed, let us know and we will see if we can get a group going or why not come along and start a new group and pass your knowledge on to others.

For any additional information or to enquire about membership, please send us an email or complete the "Contact us" form.



In memory of Daphne Ellis - a true friend of Torridge U3A

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June 2019 

Bideford Quay & New bridge