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 over 450 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.


October 2012




  • Charles Kingsley statue


Bideford Quay & New bridge