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Sun 19 Nov 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 20 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 20 Nov 2017 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 21 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 21 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 21 Nov 2017 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 21 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 21 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 22 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 22 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Gardens - In My Back Yard,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details Confirm date before coming. An informal group who have an interest in gardens, and would like to see and learn from others' gardens in the area. Members visit each other's gardens, patios, etc. to share experience and expertise, swap seeds, cuttings and seedlings according to the season, and share ideas and inspiration according to ability.

Thu 23 Nov 2017 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Thu 23 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 23 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 23 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Architecture,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This group is aimed at increasing our knowledge and appreciation of the design and architectural construction of buildings, especially around Bristol. We hope this group will lead on to looking at modern day architecture and the issues of building today, as well as buildings in other parts of the world. In warmer months we organise architectural walks around Bristol and we are also hoping in the future to organise trips further field.

Thu 23 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Fri 24 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 24 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 24 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 24 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Creative Writing-South Bristol      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details A new creative writing group, led by an experienced writer and creative writing tutor, who aims to encourage and support new writers in whatever they wish to write. Suitable for all budding writers, from novices to more experienced writers. We will cover all aspects of writing: characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure and also how to keep going when the going gets tough. I hope the group will encourage those who have yet to write a word and also those who have a project in mind.

Fri 24 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Biography - Bishopston,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details LE CARRE, J. The Pigeon Tunnel. Stories from my life.

Fri 24 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 24 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 24 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Fri 24 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Sat 25 Nov 2017 12.00 pm     Lunch Club, NE Bristol,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details At various pubs in the local area. We enjoy each other's company and good local food.

Sat 25 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Textiles - South Bristol,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Currently, the group is at capacity with 8 members.

Sun 26 Nov 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Downend,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details The purpose of this group is to discuss matters of current interest in the fields of politics and society at home and abroad. Often a group member agrees to research and to present a short paper on a topical issue. Alternatively, everyone brings cuttings from newspapers/magazines/internet for group discussion.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Outing or lunch out

Mon 27 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Mon 27 Nov 2017 2.30 pm     Quizzing At Home,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details We meet every last Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.00 in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road, Bishopston. We bring our own quiz material, take turns to ask questions, and generally work in a collective, non-competitive manner (scoring is less important to us than trying to improve our general knowledge). However, occasionally we do split into teams for a more formal session. We meet every month where at least four of us can attend, which sometimes means an August meeting does not happen.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 9.30 am     Computing & Technology WoT,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details We aim to allow a higher level of technical discussion and demonstration than is practical in the other Computing Groups. As examples, recent meetings have focussed on Windows 10, Android, PostScript, VB Script, Web design with Serif, Cloud Computing, Movie editing, Converting analogue music to mp3, Visit to Bletchley Park, Updating PC hardware and reinstalling Windows, Social Media, Google Sites, MIT Scratch and Python (both for the Raspberry Pi etc), Google Forms, USB3, Chromecast, Nexus tablet, Google+, NoSQL, EXIF data, BBC Micro:BIT, The Investigatory Powers Bill

Tue 28 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 11.30 am     Science & Engineering,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Study and discussion of any new scientific technologies, innovations, discoveries or work in progress and their potential consequences. Members are encouraged to lead a discussion on a subject of their choice or report on matters of current interest. For details of forthcoming meetings see http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=628&page=31491

Tue 28 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 28 Nov 2017 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 28 Nov 2017 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Tue 28 Nov 2017 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 29 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 29 Nov 2017 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Fri 1 Dec 2017 2.00 am     Mahjong - Westbury Fields,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Chinese Game. New members welcome, beginners and members who have played before. Coffee, tea and biscuits on offer for 50p.

Fri 1 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 1 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 1 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 1 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Cinema Group, Harbourside,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details A small, friendly group who meet to discuss films we would like to see in Bristol. At the moment, this group is full.

Sun 3 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Exploring Humanism,S      

Venue North Bristol To North Somerset
Details Humanism draws inspiration, truth and motivation from observing the real world we know & can directly relate to. We owe our allegiance to Humanity itself rather than any religious code. From this reality, it is quite clear that Reason, Decency and Empathy, in a word, Morality, are human aspirations that benefit mankind and we pursue them for the benefit of ourselves and those to come. We normally hold our meetings every month throughout the year

Sun 3 Dec 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Short Story - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details Each month we read and discuss the work of one author. We read a short story aloud around the group and then discuss it. We're currently alternating between 'Selected Stories' by Chekhov and 'The best British Short Stories 2013' ed. by Nicholas Royle. We pay £1 to the RNIB when we sign in at 10.00 for coffee.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Social - NE Bristol,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details Coffee and biscuits followed by a brief business meeting. Then a short talk by a member or some other activity.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (1),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Presently full

Mon 4 Dec 2017 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 4 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Family History - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details A friendly group where we discuss the latest sources of information to become available, and share tips and techniques. This is not a course as such members' interests and experience are too diverse for that, but we can point beginners in the right direction and offer support. We have books to borrow and magazines to share. Group members bring along ideas or objects to show and discuss.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 2.15 pm     Music Of Your Choice,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We have plenty of space for new people, so do come along and share your favourite music with a friendly group of people.

Mon 4 Dec 2017 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 5 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 5 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 5 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue Venue 35, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Tue 5 Dec 2017 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 5 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 5 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Poetry-Understanding Poetry,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Each month, a member chooses poems, a poet, or a particular form of poetry for us to focus on. We aim to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently from how it would in prose. We, therefore, look at language, form and structure, as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. A book we sometimes use to hone our appreciation is '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel

Tue 5 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Reading - Bishopston,NW      

Venue The Oaks, Bishopston, Bs7 - map
Details We are a small, friendly group, we meet in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road to discuss books of our choice. A mix of classic and modern fiction and the occasional non-fiction. The person who chooses the month's book gives a short presentation of their reasons before general discussion.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Literature - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details All members are expected to suggest a book or poetry from time to time. Something with which they are familiar. They then lead a discussion about it. All members are expected to read this as well and contribute their opinions.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Bedminster,S      

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatre Cafe, Upstairs, Bs3 - website - map
Details Enter via theatre box office door, not the ground floor bar/café

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Enjoying Shakespeare BS9,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We choose a different play each month. We begin with a general discussion which includes sharing views about any current screenings members have seen, or any live performances past and present. Towards the end of the session, volunteers offer to read aloud particular speeches or a scene which we then discuss in closer detail.

Wed 6 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Thu 7 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Money Matters - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details "Money don't buy you happiness, but it sure helps ease the pain" Not Groucho Marx. We have lively meetings to discuss anything to do with money that pleases or annoys group members e.g. allocation of taxes, footballers' pay, charity donations, the value of the lottery, NHS etc. along with types of investment, stock market trends, etc. but no one-to-one advice.

Thu 7 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 7 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Conversation -S'ville,L      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details The group is for those with a reasonable knowledge of French and will encourage them to practise their skills and develop their vocabulary on a range of familiar and topical subjects. We're a friendly group who use magazines, newspapers and French TV broadcasts to stimulate discussion on a wide range of topics. Currently, we have no room for new people.

Fri 8 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 8 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 8 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 8 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
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Fri 8 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 8 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Fri 8 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Sun 10 Dec 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Reading - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details We discuss a previously read book. We each pay the RNIB £1 per visit. Reading a book is a valuable discipline to cultivate for all ages, and especially as you get older. It keeps the brain active and is, at the same time, very pleasurable. We collectively choose what to read 3 or 4 months in advance - mainly novels - from a wide range of authors, usually written in English, but sometimes a translation from the original language. We then discuss the book and our varying opinions at the next meeting.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Coffee morning to arrange an outing or lunch out.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
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Mon 11 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Ethics - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details A small group for informal discussion of ethical issues in society and daily life. Members will be encouraged to suggest and introduce topics for discussion.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble - Harbourside,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details Come along and enjoy a morning of Scrabble. We play two or three games at each meeting. The atmosphere is informal and the surroundings pleasant, tea, coffee and refreshments are available to buy. If you would like to give it a try, we should be happy to help. New players of all strengths are always welcome: just come along and join in.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details Meet in members' houses for discussion or debate, or to plan our activities.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Choral, Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details We sing for pleasure rather than for performance, though a reasonable standard of sight-reading is helpful. Different conductors bring their own choice of music to each meeting, which we sing and 'perform' at the end of the meeting. New members always welcome, all categories of voices - as we meet in a hall, we always have space for more members.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 10.30 am     French Conversation, Downend,L      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This group is quite informal where we converse in French throughout the meeting. Our aim is to improve our French for future visits to France. We usually prepare a few paragraphs in advance of our meeting on a chosen topic, in addition to playing games in French such as Scrabble, etc. You'll need French at A level or equivalent to be able to participate.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 1.30 pm     Reading,Shaldon,KellawayAve,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details A group of members who enjoy a good read and talking about what we have read with friendly, like-minded people. We have room for new members

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Knowle,BS4,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Friendly and informal discussion group. Members take it in turns to introduce a topic. New members welcome. Find yourself wanting to throw something at the TV? Come and let off steam in an informal discussion group. We take it in turns to prepare a topic using e.g. a newspaper or web article - there's space for more members, so do come and join in! There'll also be coffee!

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     History, Social -Fishponds,NE      

Venue Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 - website - map
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Genealogy - Whitchurch,S      

Venue Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, BS14 - website - map
Details This is an informal and friendly group interested in researching our family history and tracing lineages through a variety of data: Family Discussion, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Census Records, Parish records and so on. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We meet in the South of the City but are open to all. We aim to share our knowledge within the group, from ways to start your family search to ideas of how to unblock a brick wall to helping uncover the interesting facts of life in previous generations. We have the use of a few computers to help explain how to search and to give ideas of recording your findings. We welcome new people, so do get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Discussion Group,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details Each month we will select a small number of proposed ideas and topics which members will be invited to consider in advance of our discussion the following meeting. We will avoid, where possible, discussions about politics and religion! This is an ongoing group and there are available spaces. Please apply in the first instance to Judy Hodgson regarding the availability of places

Tue 12 Dec 2017 2.30 pm     Life Experience,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A small friendly group who enjoy writing and sharing a variety of personal experiences which stimulate memories and discussions.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 12 Dec 2017 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Tue 12 Dec 2017 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 13 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 13 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Discovering Villages,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details We drive to the chosen village independently, arriving at 10.30 at a coffee shop if possible. Researchers would have researched the village history, important buildings, past residents, the trade and business of the village and planned the route for the walk around the village. We stop for lunch at the village pub and in the afternoon have free time to explore

Wed 13 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 13 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 13 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 13 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 13 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 13 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 13 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 14 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (2),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Sorry, group full

Thu 14 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Frenchay, NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details A social group who meet in members' homes. We have occasional outside speakers but mainly rely on our own resources. We have occasional lunches out locally. New members welcome.

Thu 14 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details The Banco Lounge

Thu 14 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 14 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Thu 14 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Ethics - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We discuss ethical dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives as well the big ethical issues which face all parts of the globe.

Fri 15 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 15 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 15 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Oral Story Telling-Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We are a small group who enjoy telling stories, keeping alive this ancient tradition of passing on stories of every kind.

Fri 15 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue The White Lion, Wot, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 15 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Sun 17 Dec 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 18 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 18 Dec 2017 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 19 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 19 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 19 Dec 2017 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 19 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 19 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Computer Group - W0T, NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details The meetings are informal discussions on all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information, sometimes with a demonstration huddled around one computer. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art On Show - South Bristol,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details This friendly and informal group is open to anyone interested in art. New members are very welcome to come and join us: just turn up. We choose a different gallery each month, usually in central or south Bristol. After looking at their current exhibition, we discuss what we have seen over coffee. We all bring our own experience to what we are looking at and it makes for some lively conversations.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Music The Blues&Its Branches,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details We do have some room for new members who may be iA group dedicated to the study and appreciation of blues music and its roots and influence. Since the beginning of the group, we have explored the origins and legacy of the blues from Africa to the present day. We have found that the blues has given birth to many forms of closely related music such as jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll and 'World Music' etc.nterested.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Creative Writing - WoT,BS10,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers keen to develop our writing skills (prose and verse) through sharing our work. Each month we write to a topic agreed by the group, then read out our work and offer constructive support to each other. Our approaches to the topics and styles of writing are varied and we aim for a relaxed and positive session.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Frenchay,NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details Our meetings provide the opportunity to express opinions, discuss and gain further understanding of current issues in the news. And, if appropriate, initiate action to address issues. It is envisaged that there will be free-ranging discussions, based on questions that members are encouraged to contribute in advance of the meeting. At present, there is a waiting list, please contact to be added to this.

Thu 21 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Geology, BS1,S      

Venue Nova Scotia Pub, Cumberland Basin, Spike Isle - map
Details For discussions, we meet at Nova Scotia. This group now concentrates on field trips throughout the year in the Bristol area - to see and understand the geology from the Mendips to South Wales. It has proved to be very successful and is generally full, but there may be occasional spaces from time to time.

Fri 22 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 22 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 22 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 22 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Creative Writing-South Bristol      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details A new creative writing group, led by an experienced writer and creative writing tutor, who aims to encourage and support new writers in whatever they wish to write. Suitable for all budding writers, from novices to more experienced writers. We will cover all aspects of writing: characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure and also how to keep going when the going gets tough. I hope the group will encourage those who have yet to write a word and also those who have a project in mind.

Fri 22 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 22 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 22 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Fri 22 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Sun 24 Dec 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Downend,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details The purpose of this group is to discuss matters of current interest in the fields of politics and society at home and abroad. Often a group member agrees to research and to present a short paper on a topical issue. Alternatively, everyone brings cuttings from newspapers/magazines/internet for group discussion.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Outing or lunch out

Mon 25 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Mon 25 Dec 2017 2.30 pm     Quizzing At Home,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details We meet every last Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.00 in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road, Bishopston. We bring our own quiz material, take turns to ask questions, and generally work in a collective, non-competitive manner (scoring is less important to us than trying to improve our general knowledge). However, occasionally we do split into teams for a more formal session. We meet every month where at least four of us can attend, which sometimes means an August meeting does not happen.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 26 Dec 2017 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 26 Dec 2017 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Tue 26 Dec 2017 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 27 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 27 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Gardens - In My Back Yard,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details Confirm date before coming. An informal group who have an interest in gardens, and would like to see and learn from others' gardens in the area. Members visit each other's gardens, patios, etc. to share experience and expertise, swap seeds, cuttings and seedlings according to the season, and share ideas and inspiration according to ability.

Wed 27 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 28 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Thu 28 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 28 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Fri 29 Dec 2017 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 29 Dec 2017 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 29 Dec 2017 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Sat 30 Dec 2017 12.00 pm     Lunch Club, NE Bristol,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details At various pubs in the local area. We enjoy each other's company and good local food.

Sat 30 Dec 2017 2.00 pm     Textiles - South Bristol,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Currently. the group is at capacity with 8 members.

Sun 31 Dec 2017 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Short Story - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details Each month we read and discuss the work of one author. We read a short story aloud around the group and then discuss it. We're currently alternating between 'Selected Stories' by Chekhov and 'The best British Short Stories 2013' ed. by Nicholas Royle. We pay £1 to the RNIB when we sign in at 10.00 for coffee.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Social - NE Bristol,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details Coffee and biscuits followed by a brief business meeting. Then a short talk by a member or some other activity.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (1),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Presently full

Mon 1 Jan 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 1 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Family History - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details A friendly group where we discuss the latest sources of information to become available, and share tips and techniques. This is not a course as such members' interests and experience are too diverse for that, but we can point beginners in the right direction and offer support. We have books to borrow and magazines to share. Group members bring along ideas or objects to show and discuss.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 2.15 pm     Music Of Your Choice,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We have plenty of space for new people, so do come along and share your favourite music with a friendly group of people.

Mon 1 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 2 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 2 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 2 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue Venue 35, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Tue 2 Jan 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 2 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 2 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry-Understanding Poetry,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Each month, a member chooses poems, a poet, or a particular form of poetry for us to focus on. We aim to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently from how it would in prose. We, therefore, look at language, form and structure, as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. A book we sometimes use to hone our appreciation is '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel

Tue 2 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Reading - Bishopston,NW      

Venue The Oaks, Bishopston, Bs7 - map
Details We are a small, friendly group, we meet in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road to discuss books of our choice. A mix of classic and modern fiction and the occasional non-fiction. The person who chooses the month's book gives a short presentation of their reasons before general discussion.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Literature - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details All members are expected to suggest a book or poetry from time to time. Something with which they are familiar. They then lead a discussion about it. All members are expected to read this as well and contribute their opinions.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Enjoying Shakespeare BS9,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We choose a different play each month. We begin with a general discussion which includes sharing views about any current screenings members have seen, or any live performances past and present. Towards the end of the session, volunteers offer to read aloud particular speeches or a scene which we then discuss in closer detail.

Wed 3 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Thu 4 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Bedminster,S      

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatre Cafe, Upstairs, Bs3 - website - map
Details Enter via theatre box office door, not the ground floor bar/café

Thu 4 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Money Matters - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details "Money don't buy you happiness, but it sure helps ease the pain" Not Groucho Marx. We have lively meetings to discuss anything to do with money that pleases or annoys group members e.g. allocation of taxes, footballers' pay, charity donations, the value of the lottery, NHS etc. along with types of investment, stock market trends, etc. but no one-to-one advice.

Thu 4 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Fri 5 Jan 2018 2.00 am     Mahjong - Westbury Fields,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Chinese Game. New members welcome, beginners and members who have played before. Coffee, tea and biscuits on offer for 50p.

Fri 5 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 5 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 5 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 5 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 5 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema Group, Harbourside,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details A small, friendly group who meet to discuss films we would like to see in Bristol. At the moment, this group is full.

Fri 5 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 5 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Sun 7 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Exploring Humanism,S      

Venue North Bristol To North Somerset
Details Humanism draws inspiration, truth and motivation from observing the real world we know & can directly relate to. We owe our allegiance to Humanity itself rather than any religious code. From this reality, it is quite clear that Reason, Decency and Empathy, in a word, Morality, are human aspirations that benefit mankind and we pursue them for the benefit of ourselves and those to come. We normally hold our meetings every month throughout the year

Sun 7 Jan 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Reading - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details We discuss a previously read book. We each pay the RNIB £1 per visit. Reading a book is a valuable discipline to cultivate for all ages, and especially as you get older. It keeps the brain active and is, at the same time, very pleasurable. We collectively choose what to read 3 or 4 months in advance - mainly novels - from a wide range of authors, usually written in English, but sometimes a translation from the original language. We then discuss the book and our varying opinions at the next meeting.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Coffee morning to arrange an outing or lunch out.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 8 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details A small group for informal discussion of ethical issues in society and daily life. Members will be encouraged to suggest and introduce topics for discussion.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 8 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble - Harbourside,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details Come along and enjoy a morning of Scrabble. We play two or three games at each meeting. The atmosphere is informal and the surroundings pleasant, tea, coffee and refreshments are available to buy. If you would like to give it a try, we should be happy to help. New players of all strengths are always welcome: just come along and join in.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details Meet in members' houses for discussion or debate, or to plan our activities.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Choral, Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details We sing for pleasure rather than for performance, though a reasonable standard of sight-reading is helpful. Different conductors bring their own choice of music to each meeting, which we sing and 'perform' at the end of the meeting. New members always welcome, all categories of voices - as we meet in a hall, we always have space for more members.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 10.30 am     French Conversation, Downend,L      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This group is quite informal where we converse in French throughout the meeting. Our aim is to improve our French for future visits to France. We usually prepare a few paragraphs in advance of our meeting on a chosen topic, in addition to playing games in French such as Scrabble, etc. You'll need French at A level or equivalent to be able to participate.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 1.30 pm     Reading,Shaldon,KellawayAve,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details A group of members who enjoy a good read and talking about what we have read with friendly, like-minded people. We have room for new members

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Knowle,BS4,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Friendly and informal discussion group. Members take it in turns to introduce a topic. New members welcome. Find yourself wanting to throw something at the TV? Come and let off steam in an informal discussion group. We take it in turns to prepare a topic using e.g. a newspaper or web article - there's space for more members, so do come and join in! There'll also be coffee!

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     History, Social -Fishponds,NE      

Venue Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 - website - map
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Genealogy - Whitchurch,S      

Venue Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, BS14 - website - map
Details This is an informal and friendly group interested in researching our family history and tracing lineages through a variety of data: Family Discussion, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Census Records, Parish records and so on. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We meet in the South of the City but are open to all. We aim to share our knowledge within the group, from ways to start your family search to ideas of how to unblock a brick wall to helping uncover the interesting facts of life in previous generations. We have the use of a few computers to help explain how to search and to give ideas of recording your findings. We welcome new people, so do get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Discussion Group,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details Each month we will select a small number of proposed ideas and topics which members will be invited to consider in advance of our discussion the following meeting. We will avoid, where possible, discussions about politics and religion! This is an ongoing group and there are available spaces. Please apply in the first instance to Judy Hodgson regarding the availability of places

Tue 9 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     Life Experience,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A small friendly group who enjoy writing and sharing a variety of personal experiences which stimulate memories and discussions.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 9 Jan 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Tue 9 Jan 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Discovering Villages,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details We drive to the chosen village independently, arriving at 10.30 at a coffee shop if possible. Researchers would have researched the village history, important buildings, past residents, the trade and business of the village and planned the route for the walk around the village. We stop for lunch at the village pub and in the afternoon have free time to explore

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details Café Grounded, Brislington

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 10 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 10 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 10 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 10 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 11 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (2),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Sorry, group full

Thu 11 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Frenchay, NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details A social group who meet in members' homes. We have occasional outside speakers but mainly rely on our own resources. We have occasional lunches out locally. New members welcome.

Thu 11 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 11 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Thu 11 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We discuss ethical dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives as well the big ethical issues which face all parts of the globe.

Fri 12 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 12 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 12 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 12 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sun 14 Jan 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 15 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 15 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 16 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 16 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 16 Jan 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 16 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 16 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 17 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema World-wide,SneydPark,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details An opportunity for cinema lovers to explore cultural and political differences as depicted in World Cinema. A group of film lovers with a particular interest in world cinema, we watch films from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We follow this with a discussion focusing on narrative, culture, characterisation, history or politics, Held monthly at 2 pm on the third Wednesday each month, with breaks Summer, Christmas and Easter. Please note, regretfully the group has no vacancies at the present time but you can be placed on a waiting list or start your own!

Wed 17 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - W0T, NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details The meetings are informal discussions on all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information, sometimes with a demonstration huddled around one computer. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art On Show - South Bristol,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details This friendly and informal group is open to anyone interested in art. New members are very welcome to come and join us: just turn up. We choose a different gallery each month, usually in central or south Bristol. After looking at their current exhibition, we discuss what we have seen over coffee. We all bring our own experience to what we are looking at and it makes for some lively conversations.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Music The Blues&Its Branches,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details We do have some room for new members who may be iA group dedicated to the study and appreciation of blues music and its roots and influence. Since the beginning of the group, we have explored the origins and legacy of the blues from Africa to the present day. We have found that the blues has given birth to many forms of closely related music such as jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll and 'World Music' etc.nterested.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Creative Writing - WoT,BS10,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers keen to develop our writing skills (prose and verse) through sharing our work. Each month we write to a topic agreed by the group, then read out our work and offer constructive support to each other. Our approaches to the topics and styles of writing are varied and we aim for a relaxed and positive session.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Frenchay,NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details Our meetings provide the opportunity to express opinions, discuss and gain further understanding of current issues in the news. And, if appropriate, initiate action to address issues. It is envisaged that there will be free-ranging discussions, based on questions that members are encouraged to contribute in advance of the meeting. At present, there is a waiting list, please contact to be added to this.

Thu 18 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Geology, BS1,S      

Venue Nova Scotia Pub, Cumberland Basin, Spike Isle - map
Details For discussions, we meet at Nova Scotia. This group now concentrates on field trips throughout the year in the Bristol area - to see and understand the geology from the Mendips to South Wales. It has proved to be very successful and is generally full, but there may be occasional spaces from time to time.

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Lawn Tennis & Squash Club - map
Details The group discusses all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information. We do not have a computer suite but can use a laptop with a digital projector for demonstration. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Oral Story Telling-Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We are a small group who enjoy telling stories, keeping alive this ancient tradition of passing on stories of every kind.

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue The White Lion, Wot, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 19 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 19 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 19 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Sun 21 Jan 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Downend,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details The purpose of this group is to discuss matters of current interest in the fields of politics and society at home and abroad. Often a group member agrees to research and to present a short paper on a topical issue. Alternatively, everyone brings cuttings from newspapers/magazines/internet for group discussion.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Outing or lunch out

Mon 22 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 22 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 9.30 am     Computing & Technology WoT,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details We aim to allow a higher level of technical discussion and demonstration than is practical in the other Computing Groups. As examples, recent meetings have focussed on Windows 10, Android, PostScript, VB Script, Web design with Serif, Cloud Computing, Movie editing, Converting analogue music to mp3, Visit to Bletchley Park, Updating PC hardware and reinstalling Windows, Social Media, Google Sites, MIT Scratch and Python (both for the Raspberry Pi etc), Google Forms, USB3, Chromecast, Nexus tablet, Google+, NoSQL, EXIF data, BBC Micro:BIT, The Investigatory Powers Bill

Tue 23 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 23 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 11.30 am     Science & Engineering,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Study and discussion of any new scientific technologies, innovations, discoveries or work in progress and their potential consequences. Members are encouraged to lead a discussion on a subject of their choice or report on matters of current interest. For details of forthcoming meetings see http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=628&page=31491

Tue 23 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 23 Jan 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 23 Jan 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Tue 23 Jan 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 24 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Gardens - In My Back Yard,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details Confirm date before coming. An informal group who have an interest in gardens, and would like to see and learn from others' gardens in the area. Members visit each other's gardens, patios, etc. to share experience and expertise, swap seeds, cuttings and seedlings according to the season, and share ideas and inspiration according to ability.

Wed 24 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 25 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Thu 25 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 25 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Architecture,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This group is aimed at increasing our knowledge and appreciation of the design and architectural construction of buildings, especially around Bristol. We hope this group will lead on to looking at modern day architecture and the issues of building today, as well as buildings in other parts of the world. In warmer months we organise architectural walks around Bristol and we are also hoping in the future to organise trips further field.

Thu 25 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Fri 26 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 26 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Creative Writing-South Bristol      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details A new creative writing group, led by an experienced writer and creative writing tutor, who aims to encourage and support new writers in whatever they wish to write. Suitable for all budding writers, from novices to more experienced writers. We will cover all aspects of writing: characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure and also how to keep going when the going gets tough. I hope the group will encourage those who have yet to write a word and also those who have a project in mind.

Fri 26 Jan 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 26 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 26 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sat 27 Jan 2018 12.00 pm     Lunch Club, NE Bristol,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details At various pubs in the local area. We enjoy each other's company and good local food.

Sat 27 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles - South Bristol,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Currently, the group is at capacity with 8 members.

Sun 28 Jan 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 29 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 29 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 29 Jan 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day. Currently full.

Mon 29 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 29 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Mon 29 Jan 2018 2.30 pm     Quizzing At Home,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details We meet every last Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.00 in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road, Bishopston. We bring our own quiz material, take turns to ask questions, and generally work in a collective, non-competitive manner (scoring is less important to us than trying to improve our general knowledge). However, occasionally we do split into teams for a more formal session. We meet every month where at least four of us can attend, which sometimes means an August meeting does not happen.

Tue 30 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 30 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 30 Jan 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 30 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 30 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 31 Jan 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Thu 1 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Money Matters - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details "Money don't buy you happiness, but it sure helps ease the pain" Not Groucho Marx. We have lively meetings to discuss anything to do with money that pleases or annoys group members e.g. allocation of taxes, footballers' pay, charity donations, the value of the lottery, NHS etc. along with types of investment, stock market trends, etc. but no one-to-one advice.

Thu 1 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Fri 2 Feb 2018 2.00 am     Mahjong - Westbury Fields,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Chinese Game. New members welcome, beginners and members who have played before. Coffee, tea and biscuits on offer for 50p.

Fri 2 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 2 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 2 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 2 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 2 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema Group, Harbourside,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details A small, friendly group who meet to discuss films we would like to see in Bristol. At the moment, this group is full.

Fri 2 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 2 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Sun 4 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Exploring Humanism,S      

Venue North Bristol To North Somerset
Details Humanism draws inspiration, truth and motivation from observing the real world we know & can directly relate to. We owe our allegiance to Humanity itself rather than any religious code. From this reality, it is quite clear that Reason, Decency and Empathy, in a word, Morality, are human aspirations that benefit mankind and we pursue them for the benefit of ourselves and those to come. We normally hold our meetings every month throughout the year

Sun 4 Feb 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Short Story - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details Each month we read and discuss the work of one author. We read a short story aloud around the group and then discuss it. We're currently alternating between 'Selected Stories' by Chekhov and 'The best British Short Stories 2013' ed. by Nicholas Royle. We pay £1 to the RNIB when we sign in at 10.00 for coffee.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Social - NE Bristol,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details Coffee and biscuits followed by a brief business meeting. Then a short talk by a member or some other activity.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (1),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Presently full

Mon 5 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 5 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Family History - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details A friendly group where we discuss the latest sources of information to become available, and share tips and techniques. This is not a course as such members' interests and experience are too diverse for that, but we can point beginners in the right direction and offer support. We have books to borrow and magazines to share. Group members bring along ideas or objects to show and discuss.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 2.15 pm     Music Of Your Choice,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We have plenty of space for new people, so do come along and share your favourite music with a friendly group of people.

Mon 5 Feb 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 6 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue Venue 35, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Tue 6 Feb 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry-Understanding Poetry,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Each month, a member chooses poems, a poet, or a particular form of poetry for us to focus on. We aim to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently from how it would in prose. We, therefore, look at language, form and structure, as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. A book we sometimes use to hone our appreciation is '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel

Tue 6 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Reading - Bishopston,NW      

Venue The Oaks, Bishopston, Bs7 - map
Details We are a small, friendly group, we meet in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road to discuss books of our choice. A mix of classic and modern fiction and the occasional non-fiction. The person who chooses the month's book gives a short presentation of their reasons before general discussion.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 6 Feb 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Literature - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details All members are expected to suggest a book or poetry from time to time. Something with which they are familiar. They then lead a discussion about it. All members are expected to read this as well and contribute their opinions.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Bedminster,S      

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatre Cafe, Upstairs, Bs3 - website - map
Details Enter via theatre box office door, not the ground floor bar/café

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 7 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Enjoying Shakespeare BS9,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We choose a different play each month. We begin with a general discussion which includes sharing views about any current screenings members have seen, or any live performances past and present. Towards the end of the session, volunteers offer to read aloud particular speeches or a scene which we then discuss in closer detail.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Wed 7 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 8 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (2),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Sorry, group full

Thu 8 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Frenchay, NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details A social group who meet in members' homes. We have occasional outside speakers but mainly rely on our own resources. We have occasional lunches out locally. New members welcome.

Thu 8 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details The Banco Lounge

Thu 8 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 8 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Thu 8 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We discuss ethical dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives as well the big ethical issues which face all parts of the globe.

Fri 9 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 9 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 9 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 9 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sun 11 Feb 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Reading - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details We discuss a previously read book. We each pay the RNIB £1 per visit. Reading a book is a valuable discipline to cultivate for all ages, and especially as you get older. It keeps the brain active and is, at the same time, very pleasurable. We collectively choose what to read 3 or 4 months in advance - mainly novels - from a wide range of authors, usually written in English, but sometimes a translation from the original language. We then discuss the book and our varying opinions at the next meeting.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Coffee morning to arrange an outing or lunch out.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 12 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details A small group for informal discussion of ethical issues in society and daily life. Members will be encouraged to suggest and introduce topics for discussion.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 12 Feb 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble - Harbourside,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details Come along and enjoy a morning of Scrabble. We play two or three games at each meeting. The atmosphere is informal and the surroundings pleasant, tea, coffee and refreshments are available to buy. If you would like to give it a try, we should be happy to help. New players of all strengths are always welcome: just come along and join in.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details Meet in members' houses for discussion or debate, or to plan our activities.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Choral, Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details We sing for pleasure rather than for performance, though a reasonable standard of sight-reading is helpful. Different conductors bring their own choice of music to each meeting, which we sing and 'perform' at the end of the meeting. New members always welcome, all categories of voices - as we meet in a hall, we always have space for more members.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 10.30 am     French Conversation, Downend,L      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This group is quite informal where we converse in French throughout the meeting. Our aim is to improve our French for future visits to France. We usually prepare a few paragraphs in advance of our meeting on a chosen topic, in addition to playing games in French such as Scrabble, etc. You'll need French at A level or equivalent to be able to participate.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 1.30 pm     Reading,Shaldon,KellawayAve,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details A group of members who enjoy a good read and talking about what we have read with friendly, like-minded people. We have room for new members

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Knowle,BS4,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Friendly and informal discussion group. Members take it in turns to introduce a topic. New members welcome. Find yourself wanting to throw something at the TV? Come and let off steam in an informal discussion group. We take it in turns to prepare a topic using e.g. a newspaper or web article - there's space for more members, so do come and join in! There'll also be coffee!

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     History, Social -Fishponds,NE      

Venue Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 - website - map
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Genealogy - Whitchurch,S      

Venue Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, BS14 - website - map
Details This is an informal and friendly group interested in researching our family history and tracing lineages through a variety of data: Family Discussion, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Census Records, Parish records and so on. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We meet in the South of the City but are open to all. We aim to share our knowledge within the group, from ways to start your family search to ideas of how to unblock a brick wall to helping uncover the interesting facts of life in previous generations. We have the use of a few computers to help explain how to search and to give ideas of recording your findings. We welcome new people, so do get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Discussion Group,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details Each month we will select a small number of proposed ideas and topics which members will be invited to consider in advance of our discussion the following meeting. We will avoid, where possible, discussions about politics and religion! This is an ongoing group and there are available spaces. Please apply in the first instance to Judy Hodgson regarding the availability of places

Tue 13 Feb 2018 2.30 pm     Life Experience,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A small friendly group who enjoy writing and sharing a variety of personal experiences which stimulate memories and discussions.

Tue 13 Feb 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Discovering Villages,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details We drive to the chosen village independently, arriving at 10.30 at a coffee shop if possible. Researchers would have researched the village history, important buildings, past residents, the trade and business of the village and planned the route for the walk around the village. We stop for lunch at the village pub and in the afternoon have free time to explore

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 14 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - W0T, NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details The meetings are informal discussions on all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information, sometimes with a demonstration huddled around one computer. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art On Show - South Bristol,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details This friendly and informal group is open to anyone interested in art. New members are very welcome to come and join us: just turn up. We choose a different gallery each month, usually in central or south Bristol. After looking at their current exhibition, we discuss what we have seen over coffee. We all bring our own experience to what we are looking at and it makes for some lively conversations.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Music The Blues&Its Branches,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details We do have some room for new members who may be interested.A group dedicated to the study and appreciation of blues music and its roots and influence. Since the beginning of the group, we have explored the origins and legacy of the blues from Africa to the present day. We have found that the blues has given birth to many forms of closely related music such as jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll and 'World Music' etc.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Creative Writing - WoT,BS10,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers keen to develop our writing skills (prose and verse) through sharing our work. Each month we write to a topic agreed by the group, then read out our work and offer constructive support to each other. Our approaches to the topics and styles of writing are varied and we aim for a relaxed and positive session.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Frenchay,NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details Our meetings provide the opportunity to express opinions, discuss and gain further understanding of current issues in the news. And, if appropriate, initiate action to address issues. It is envisaged that there will be free-ranging discussions, based on questions that members are encouraged to contribute in advance of the meeting. At present, there is a waiting list, please contact to be added to this.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Geology, BS1,S      

Venue Nova Scotia Pub, Cumberland Basin, Spike Isle - map
Details For discussions, we meet at Nova Scotia. This group now concentrates on field trips throughout the year in the Bristol area - to see and understand the geology from the Mendips to South Wales. It has proved to be very successful and is generally full, but there may be occasional spaces from time to time.

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Lawn Tennis & Squash Club - map
Details The group discusses all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information. We do not have a computer suite but can use a laptop with a digital projector for demonstration. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Oral Story Telling-Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We are a small group who enjoy telling stories, keeping alive this ancient tradition of passing on stories of every kind.

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue The White Lion, Wot, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 16 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 16 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 16 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Sun 18 Feb 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 19 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 19 Feb 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 20 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema World-wide,SneydPark,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details An opportunity for cinema lovers to explore cultural and political differences as depicted in World Cinema. A group of film lovers with a particular interest in world cinema, we watch films from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We follow this with a discussion focusing on narrative, culture, characterisation, history or politics, Held monthly at 2 pm on the third Wednesday each month, with breaks Summer, Christmas and Easter. Please note, regretfully the group has no vacancies at the present time but you can be placed on a waiting list or start your own!

Wed 21 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 22 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Thu 22 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 22 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Architecture,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This group is aimed at increasing our knowledge and appreciation of the design and architectural construction of buildings, especially around Bristol. We hope this group will lead on to looking at modern day architecture and the issues of building today, as well as buildings in other parts of the world. In warmer months we organise architectural walks around Bristol and we are also hoping in the future to organise trips further field.

Thu 22 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Fri 23 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 23 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Creative Writing-South Bristol      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details A new creative writing group, led by an experienced writer and creative writing tutor, who aims to encourage and support new writers in whatever they wish to write. Suitable for all budding writers, from novices to more experienced writers. We will cover all aspects of writing: characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure and also how to keep going when the going gets tough. I hope the group will encourage those who have yet to write a word and also those who have a project in mind.

Fri 23 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 23 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 23 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sat 24 Feb 2018 12.00 pm     Lunch Club, NE Bristol,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details At various pubs in the local area. We enjoy each other's company and good local food.

Sat 24 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles - South Bristol,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Currently, the group is at capacity with 8 members.

Sun 25 Feb 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Downend,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details The purpose of this group is to discuss matters of current interest in the fields of politics and society at home and abroad. Often a group member agrees to research and to present a short paper on a topical issue. Alternatively, everyone brings cuttings from newspapers/magazines/internet for group discussion.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Outing or lunch out

Mon 26 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Mon 26 Feb 2018 2.30 pm     Quizzing At Home,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details We meet every last Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.00 in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road, Bishopston. We bring our own quiz material, take turns to ask questions, and generally work in a collective, non-competitive manner (scoring is less important to us than trying to improve our general knowledge). However, occasionally we do split into teams for a more formal session. We meet every month where at least four of us can attend, which sometimes means an August meeting does not happen.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 9.30 am     Computing & Technology WoT,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details We aim to allow a higher level of technical discussion and demonstration than is practical in the other Computing Groups. As examples, recent meetings have focussed on Windows 10, Android, PostScript, VB Script, Web design with Serif, Cloud Computing, Movie editing, Converting analogue music to mp3, Visit to Bletchley Park, Updating PC hardware and reinstalling Windows, Social Media, Google Sites, MIT Scratch and Python (both for the Raspberry Pi etc), Google Forms, USB3, Chromecast, Nexus tablet, Google+, NoSQL, EXIF data, BBC Micro:BIT, The Investigatory Powers Bill

Tue 27 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 11.30 am     Science & Engineering,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Study and discussion of any new scientific technologies, innovations, discoveries or work in progress and their potential consequences. Members are encouraged to lead a discussion on a subject of their choice or report on matters of current interest. For details of forthcoming meetings see http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=628&page=31491

Tue 27 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 27 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 27 Feb 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 28 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 28 Feb 2018 2.00 pm     Gardens - In My Back Yard,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details Confirm date before coming. An informal group who have an interest in gardens, and would like to see and learn from others' gardens in the area. Members visit each other's gardens, patios, etc. to share experience and expertise, swap seeds, cuttings and seedlings according to the season, and share ideas and inspiration according to ability.

Thu 1 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Bedminster,S      

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatre Cafe, Upstairs, Bs3 - website - map
Details Enter via theatre box office door, not the ground floor bar/café

Thu 1 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Money Matters - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details "Money don't buy you happiness, but it sure helps ease the pain" Not Groucho Marx. We have lively meetings to discuss anything to do with money that pleases or annoys group members e.g. allocation of taxes, footballers' pay, charity donations, the value of the lottery, NHS etc. along with types of investment, stock market trends, etc. but no one-to-one advice.

Thu 1 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Fri 2 Mar 2018 2.00 am     Mahjong - Westbury Fields,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Chinese Game. New members welcome, beginners and members who have played before. Coffee, tea and biscuits on offer for 50p.

Fri 2 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 2 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 2 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 2 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 2 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 2 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema Group, Harbourside,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details A small, friendly group who meet to discuss films we would like to see in Bristol. At the moment, this group is full.

Fri 2 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Sun 4 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Exploring Humanism,S      

Venue North Bristol To North Somerset
Details Humanism draws inspiration, truth and motivation from observing the real world we know & can directly relate to. We owe our allegiance to Humanity itself rather than any religious code. From this reality, it is quite clear that Reason, Decency and Empathy, in a word, Morality, are human aspirations that benefit mankind and we pursue them for the benefit of ourselves and those to come. We normally hold our meetings every month throughout the year

Sun 4 Mar 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Short Story - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details Each month we read and discuss the work of one author. We read a short story aloud around the group and then discuss it. We're currently alternating between 'Selected Stories' by Chekhov and 'The best British Short Stories 2013' ed. by Nicholas Royle. We pay £1 to the RNIB when we sign in at 10.00 for coffee.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Social - NE Bristol,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details Coffee and biscuits followed by a brief business meeting. Then a short talk by a member or some other activity.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (1),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Presently full

Mon 5 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 5 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Family History - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details A friendly group where we discuss the latest sources of information to become available, and share tips and techniques. This is not a course as such members' interests and experience are too diverse for that, but we can point beginners in the right direction and offer support. We have books to borrow and magazines to share. Group members bring along ideas or objects to show and discuss.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 2.15 pm     Music Of Your Choice,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We have plenty of space for new people, so do come along and share your favourite music with a friendly group of people.

Mon 5 Mar 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 6 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue Venue 35, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Tue 6 Mar 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry-Understanding Poetry,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Each month, a member chooses poems, a poet, or a particular form of poetry for us to focus on. We aim to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently from how it would in prose. We, therefore, look at language, form and structure, as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. A book we sometimes use to hone our appreciation is '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel

Tue 6 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Reading - Bishopston,NW      

Venue The Oaks, Bishopston, Bs7 - map
Details We are a small, friendly group, we meet in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road to discuss books of our choice. A mix of classic and modern fiction and the occasional non-fiction. The person who chooses the month's book gives a short presentation of their reasons before general discussion.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 6 Mar 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Literature - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details All members are expected to suggest a book or poetry from time to time. Something with which they are familiar. They then lead a discussion about it. All members are expected to read this as well and contribute their opinions.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 7 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Enjoying Shakespeare BS9,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We choose a different play each month. We begin with a general discussion which includes sharing views about any current screenings members have seen, or any live performances past and present. Towards the end of the session, volunteers offer to read aloud particular speeches or a scene which we then discuss in closer detail.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Wed 7 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Thu 8 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (2),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Sorry, group full

Thu 8 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Frenchay, NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details A social group who meet in members' homes. We have occasional outside speakers but mainly rely on our own resources. We have occasional lunches out locally. New members welcome.

Thu 8 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French Conversation - WoT,L      

Venue Cote Bank House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 - map
Details A group of up to 10 members with a range of fluency. We are a small group who discuss a wide range of topics of current or topical interest. Members bring a subject which will stimulate conversation - and therefore increasing fluency.

Thu 8 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Thu 8 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We discuss ethical dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives as well the big ethical issues which face all parts of the globe.

Fri 9 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 9 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 9 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 9 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sun 11 Mar 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Reading - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details We discuss a previously read book. We each pay the RNIB £1 per visit. Reading a book is a valuable discipline to cultivate for all ages, and especially as you get older. It keeps the brain active and is, at the same time, very pleasurable. We collectively choose what to read 3 or 4 months in advance - mainly novels - from a wide range of authors, usually written in English, but sometimes a translation from the original language. We then discuss the book and our varying opinions at the next meeting.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Coffee morning to arrange an outing or lunch out.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 12 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details A small group for informal discussion of ethical issues in society and daily life. Members will be encouraged to suggest and introduce topics for discussion.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 12 Mar 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble - Harbourside,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details Come along and enjoy a morning of Scrabble. We play two or three games at each meeting. The atmosphere is informal and the surroundings pleasant, tea, coffee and refreshments are available to buy. If you would like to give it a try, we should be happy to help. New players of all strengths are always welcome: just come along and join in.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details Meet in members' houses for discussion or debate, or to plan our activities.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Choral, Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details We sing for pleasure rather than for performance, though a reasonable standard of sight-reading is helpful. Different conductors bring their own choice of music to each meeting, which we sing and 'perform' at the end of the meeting. New members always welcome, all categories of voices - as we meet in a hall, we always have space for more members.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 10.30 am     French Conversation, Downend,L      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This group is quite informal where we converse in French throughout the meeting. Our aim is to improve our French for future visits to France. We usually prepare a few paragraphs in advance of our meeting on a chosen topic, in addition to playing games in French such as Scrabble, etc. You'll need French at A level or equivalent to be able to participate.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 1.30 pm     Reading,Shaldon,KellawayAve,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details A group of members who enjoy a good read and talking about what we have read with friendly, like-minded people. We have room for new members

Tue 13 Mar 2018 1.30 pm     Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is an informal gardening group suitable for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the informed gardener who likes to talk gardening.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Knowle,BS4,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Friendly and informal discussion group. Members take it in turns to introduce a topic. New members welcome. Find yourself wanting to throw something at the TV? Come and let off steam in an informal discussion group. We take it in turns to prepare a topic using e.g. a newspaper or web article - there's space for more members, so do come and join in! There'll also be coffee!

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     History, Social -Fishponds,NE      

Venue Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 - website - map
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Genealogy - Whitchurch,S      

Venue Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, BS14 - website - map
Details This is an informal and friendly group interested in researching our family history and tracing lineages through a variety of data: Family Discussion, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Census Records, Parish records and so on. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We meet in the South of the City but are open to all. We aim to share our knowledge within the group, from ways to start your family search to ideas of how to unblock a brick wall to helping uncover the interesting facts of life in previous generations. We have the use of a few computers to help explain how to search and to give ideas of recording your findings. We welcome new people, so do get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Discussion Group,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details Each month we will select a small number of proposed ideas and topics which members will be invited to consider in advance of our discussion the following meeting. We will avoid, where possible, discussions about politics and religion! This is an ongoing group and there are available spaces. Please apply in the first instance to Judy Hodgson regarding the availability of places

Tue 13 Mar 2018 2.30 pm     Life Experience,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A small friendly group who enjoy writing and sharing a variety of personal experiences which stimulate memories and discussions.

Tue 13 Mar 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Discovering Villages,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details We drive to the chosen village independently, arriving at 10.30 at a coffee shop if possible. Researchers would have researched the village history, important buildings, past residents, the trade and business of the village and planned the route for the walk around the village. We stop for lunch at the village pub and in the afternoon have free time to explore

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details Café Grounded, Brislington

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 14 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 14 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - W0T, NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details The meetings are informal discussions on all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information, sometimes with a demonstration huddled around one computer. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art On Show - South Bristol,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details This friendly and informal group is open to anyone interested in art. New members are very welcome to come and join us: just turn up. We choose a different gallery each month, usually in central or south Bristol. After looking at their current exhibition, we discuss what we have seen over coffee. We all bring our own experience to what we are looking at and it makes for some lively conversations.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Music The Blues&Its Branches,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details We do have some room for new members who may be interA group dedicated to the study and appreciation of blues music and its roots and influence. Since the beginning of the group, we have explored the origins and legacy of the blues from Africa to the present day. We have found that the blues has given birth to many forms of closely related music such as jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll and 'World Music' etc.ested.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Creative Writing - WoT,BS10,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers keen to develop our writing skills (prose and verse) through sharing our work. Each month we write to a topic agreed by the group, then read out our work and offer constructive support to each other. Our approaches to the topics and styles of writing are varied and we aim for a relaxed and positive session.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Frenchay,NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details Our meetings provide the opportunity to express opinions, discuss and gain further understanding of current issues in the news. And, if appropriate, initiate action to address issues. It is envisaged that there will be free-ranging discussions, based on questions that members are encouraged to contribute in advance of the meeting. At present, there is a waiting list, please contact to be added to this.

Thu 15 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Geology, BS1,S      

Venue Nova Scotia Pub, Cumberland Basin, Spike Isle - map
Details For discussions, we meet at Nova Scotia. This group now concentrates on field trips throughout the year in the Bristol area - to see and understand the geology from the Mendips to South Wales. It has proved to be very successful and is generally full, but there may be occasional spaces from time to time.

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Lawn Tennis & Squash Club - map
Details The group discusses all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information. We do not have a computer suite but can use a laptop with a digital projector for demonstration. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Oral Story Telling-Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We are a small group who enjoy telling stories, keeping alive this ancient tradition of passing on stories of every kind.

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue The White Lion, Wot, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 16 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 16 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 16 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Sun 18 Mar 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 19 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 20 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 20 Mar 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 21 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 21 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Wed 21 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 21 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 21 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 21 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 21 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 21 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema World-wide,SneydPark,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details An opportunity for cinema lovers to explore cultural and political differences as depicted in World Cinema. A group of film lovers with a particular interest in world cinema, we watch films from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We follow this with a discussion focusing on narrative, culture, characterisation, history or politics, Held monthly at 2 pm on the third Wednesday each month, with breaks Summer, Christmas and Easter. Please note, regretfully the group has no vacancies at the present time but you can be placed on a waiting list or start your own!

Wed 21 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Wed 21 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 22 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Thu 22 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Architecture,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This group is aimed at increasing our knowledge and appreciation of the design and architectural construction of buildings, especially around Bristol. We hope this group will lead on to looking at modern day architecture and the issues of building today, as well as buildings in other parts of the world. In warmer months we organise architectural walks around Bristol and we are also hoping in the future to organise trips further field.

Thu 22 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Fri 23 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 23 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Creative Writing-South Bristol      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details A new creative writing group, led by an experienced writer and creative writing tutor, who aims to encourage and support new writers in whatever they wish to write. Suitable for all budding writers, from novices to more experienced writers. We will cover all aspects of writing: characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure and also how to keep going when the going gets tough. I hope the group will encourage those who have yet to write a word and also those who have a project in mind.

Fri 23 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 23 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 23 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sun 25 Mar 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Downend,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details The purpose of this group is to discuss matters of current interest in the fields of politics and society at home and abroad. Often a group member agrees to research and to present a short paper on a topical issue. Alternatively, everyone brings cuttings from newspapers/magazines/internet for group discussion.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Outing or lunch out

Mon 26 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Mon 26 Mar 2018 2.30 pm     Quizzing At Home,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details We meet every last Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.00 in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road, Bishopston. We bring our own quiz material, take turns to ask questions, and generally work in a collective, non-competitive manner (scoring is less important to us than trying to improve our general knowledge). However, occasionally we do split into teams for a more formal session. We meet every month where at least four of us can attend, which sometimes means an August meeting does not happen.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 9.30 am     Computing & Technology WoT,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details We aim to allow a higher level of technical discussion and demonstration than is practical in the other Computing Groups. As examples, recent meetings have focussed on Windows 10, Android, PostScript, VB Script, Web design with Serif, Cloud Computing, Movie editing, Converting analogue music to mp3, Visit to Bletchley Park, Updating PC hardware and reinstalling Windows, Social Media, Google Sites, MIT Scratch and Python (both for the Raspberry Pi etc), Google Forms, USB3, Chromecast, Nexus tablet, Google+, NoSQL, EXIF data, BBC Micro:BIT, The Investigatory Powers Bill

Tue 27 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 11.30 am     Science & Engineering,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Study and discussion of any new scientific technologies, innovations, discoveries or work in progress and their potential consequences. Members are encouraged to lead a discussion on a subject of their choice or report on matters of current interest. For details of forthcoming meetings see http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=628&page=31491

Tue 27 Mar 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 1.30 pm     Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is an informal gardening group suitable for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the informed gardener who likes to talk gardening.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 27 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 27 Mar 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 28 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 28 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Gardens - In My Back Yard,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details Confirm date before coming. An informal group who have an interest in gardens, and would like to see and learn from others' gardens in the area. Members visit each other's gardens, patios, etc. to share experience and expertise, swap seeds, cuttings and seedlings according to the season, and share ideas and inspiration according to ability.

Thu 29 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Fri 30 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 30 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 30 Mar 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 30 Mar 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 30 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 30 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Sat 31 Mar 2018 12.00 pm     Lunch Club, NE Bristol,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details At various pubs in the local area. We enjoy each other's company and good local food.

Sat 31 Mar 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles - South Bristol,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Currently. the group is at capacity with 8 members.

Sun 1 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Exploring Humanism,S      

Venue North Bristol To North Somerset
Details Humanism draws inspiration, truth and motivation from observing the real world we know & can directly relate to. We owe our allegiance to Humanity itself rather than any religious code. From this reality, it is quite clear that Reason, Decency and Empathy, in a word, Morality, are human aspirations that benefit mankind and we pursue them for the benefit of ourselves and those to come. We normally hold our meetings every month throughout the year

Sun 1 Apr 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Short Story - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details Each month we read and discuss the work of one author. We read a short story aloud around the group and then discuss it. We're currently alternating between 'Selected Stories' by Chekhov and 'The best British Short Stories 2013' ed. by Nicholas Royle. We pay £1 to the RNIB when we sign in at 10.00 for coffee.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Social - NE Bristol,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details Coffee and biscuits followed by a brief business meeting. Then a short talk by a member or some other activity.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (1),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Presently full

Mon 2 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 2 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Family History - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details A friendly group where we discuss the latest sources of information to become available, and share tips and techniques. This is not a course as such members' interests and experience are too diverse for that, but we can point beginners in the right direction and offer support. We have books to borrow and magazines to share. Group members bring along ideas or objects to show and discuss.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 2.15 pm     Music Of Your Choice,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We have plenty of space for new people, so do come along and share your favourite music with a friendly group of people.

Mon 2 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 3 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue Venue 35, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Tue 3 Apr 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry-Understanding Poetry,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Each month, a member chooses poems, a poet, or a particular form of poetry for us to focus on. We aim to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently from how it would in prose. We, therefore, look at language, form and structure, as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. A book we sometimes use to hone our appreciation is '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel

Tue 3 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Reading - Bishopston,NW      

Venue The Oaks, Bishopston, Bs7 - map
Details We are a small, friendly group, we meet in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road to discuss books of our choice. A mix of classic and modern fiction and the occasional non-fiction. The person who chooses the month's book gives a short presentation of their reasons before general discussion.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Literature - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details All members are expected to suggest a book or poetry from time to time. Something with which they are familiar. They then lead a discussion about it. All members are expected to read this as well and contribute their opinions.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Bedminster,S      

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatre Cafe, Upstairs, Bs3 - website - map
Details Enter via theatre box office door, not the ground floor bar/café

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 4 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Enjoying Shakespeare BS9,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We choose a different play each month. We begin with a general discussion which includes sharing views about any current screenings members have seen, or any live performances past and present. Towards the end of the session, volunteers offer to read aloud particular speeches or a scene which we then discuss in closer detail.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Wed 4 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 5 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Money Matters - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details "Money don't buy you happiness, but it sure helps ease the pain" Not Groucho Marx. We have lively meetings to discuss anything to do with money that pleases or annoys group members e.g. allocation of taxes, footballers' pay, charity donations, the value of the lottery, NHS etc. along with types of investment, stock market trends, etc. but no one-to-one advice.

Fri 6 Apr 2018 2.00 am     Mahjong - Westbury Fields,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Chinese Game. New members welcome, beginners and members who have played before. Coffee, tea and biscuits on offer for 50p.

Fri 6 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 6 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 6 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 6 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema Group, Harbourside,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details A small, friendly group who meet to discuss films we would like to see in Bristol. At the moment, this group is full.

Sun 8 Apr 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Reading - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details We discuss a previously read book. We each pay the RNIB £1 per visit. Reading a book is a valuable discipline to cultivate for all ages, and especially as you get older. It keeps the brain active and is, at the same time, very pleasurable. We collectively choose what to read 3 or 4 months in advance - mainly novels - from a wide range of authors, usually written in English, but sometimes a translation from the original language. We then discuss the book and our varying opinions at the next meeting.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Coffee morning to arrange an outing or lunch out.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 9 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details A small group for informal discussion of ethical issues in society and daily life. Members will be encouraged to suggest and introduce topics for discussion.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 9 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble - Harbourside,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details Come along and enjoy a morning of Scrabble. We play two or three games at each meeting. The atmosphere is informal and the surroundings pleasant, tea, coffee and refreshments are available to buy. If you would like to give it a try, we should be happy to help. New players of all strengths are always welcome: just come along and join in.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details Meet in members' houses for discussion or debate, or to plan our activities.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Choral, Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details We sing for pleasure rather than for performance, though a reasonable standard of sight-reading is helpful. Different conductors bring their own choice of music to each meeting, which we sing and 'perform' at the end of the meeting. New members always welcome, all categories of voices - as we meet in a hall, we always have space for more members.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 10.30 am     French Conversation, Downend,L      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This group is quite informal where we converse in French throughout the meeting. Our aim is to improve our French for future visits to France. We usually prepare a few paragraphs in advance of our meeting on a chosen topic, in addition to playing games in French such as Scrabble, etc. You'll need French at A level or equivalent to be able to participate.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 1.30 pm     Reading,Shaldon,KellawayAve,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details A group of members who enjoy a good read and talking about what we have read with friendly, like-minded people. We have room for new members

Tue 10 Apr 2018 1.30 pm     Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is an informal gardening group suitable for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the informed gardener who likes to talk gardening.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Knowle,BS4,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Friendly and informal discussion group. Members take it in turns to introduce a topic. New members welcome. Find yourself wanting to throw something at the TV? Come and let off steam in an informal discussion group. We take it in turns to prepare a topic using e.g. a newspaper or web article - there's space for more members, so do come and join in! There'll also be coffee!

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     History, Social -Fishponds,NE      

Venue Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 - website - map
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Genealogy - Whitchurch,S      

Venue Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, BS14 - website - map
Details This is an informal and friendly group interested in researching our family history and tracing lineages through a variety of data: Family Discussion, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Census Records, Parish records and so on. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We meet in the South of the City but are open to all. We aim to share our knowledge within the group, from ways to start your family search to ideas of how to unblock a brick wall to helping uncover the interesting facts of life in previous generations. We have the use of a few computers to help explain how to search and to give ideas of recording your findings. We welcome new people, so do get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Discussion Group,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details Each month we will select a small number of proposed ideas and topics which members will be invited to consider in advance of our discussion the following meeting. We will avoid, where possible, discussions about politics and religion! This is an ongoing group and there are available spaces. Please apply in the first instance to Judy Hodgson regarding the availability of places.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     Life Experience,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A small friendly group who enjoy writing and sharing a variety of personal experiences which stimulate memories and discussions.

Tue 10 Apr 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Discovering Villages,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details We drive to the chosen village independently, arriving at 10.30 at a coffee shop if possible. Researchers would have researched the village history, important buildings, past residents, the trade and business of the village and planned the route for the walk around the village. We stop for lunch at the village pub and in the afternoon have free time to explore

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 11 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Thu 12 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 12 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (2),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Sorry, group full

Thu 12 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Frenchay, NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details A social group who meet in members' homes. We have occasional outside speakers but mainly rely on our own resources. We have occasional lunches out locally. New members welcome.

Thu 12 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details The Banco Lounge

Thu 12 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Thu 12 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We discuss ethical dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives as well the big ethical issues which face all parts of the globe.

Fri 13 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 13 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 13 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 13 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 13 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 13 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 13 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sun 15 Apr 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 16 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 16 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 17 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 17 Apr 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 18 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 18 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Wed 18 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 18 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 18 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 18 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 18 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 18 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema World-wide,SneydPark,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details An opportunity for cinema lovers to explore cultural and political differences as depicted in World Cinema. A group of film lovers with a particular interest in world cinema, we watch films from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We follow this with a discussion focusing on narrative, culture, characterisation, history or politics, Held monthly at 2 pm on the third Wednesday each month, with breaks Summer, Christmas and Easter. Please note, regretfully the group has no vacancies at the present time but you can be placed on a waiting list or start your own!

Wed 18 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Wed 18 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Snooker Horfield,NW      

Venue Greenway Centre, Southmead, BS10 - website - map
Details Play on ad-hoc basis £2 per person per session.

Thu 19 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - W0T, NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details The meetings are informal discussions on all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information, sometimes with a demonstration huddled around one computer. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Thu 19 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art On Show - South Bristol,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details This friendly and informal group is open to anyone interested in art. New members are very welcome to come and join us: just turn up. We choose a different gallery each month, usually in central or south Bristol. After looking at their current exhibition, we discuss what we have seen over coffee. We all bring our own experience to what we are looking at and it makes for some lively conversations.

Thu 19 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Music The Blues&Its Branches,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details We do have some room for new members who A group dedicated to the study and appreciation of blues music and its roots and influence. Since the beginning of the group, we have explored the origins and legacy of the blues from Africa to the present day. We have found that the blues has given birth to many forms of closely related music such as jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll and 'World Music' etc.may be interested.

Thu 19 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Creative Writing - WoT,BS10,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers keen to develop our writing skills (prose and verse) through sharing our work. Each month we write to a topic agreed by the group, then read out our work and offer constructive support to each other. Our approaches to the topics and styles of writing are varied and we aim for a relaxed and positive session.

Thu 19 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Frenchay,NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details Our meetings provide the opportunity to express opinions, discuss and gain further understanding of current issues in the news. And, if appropriate, initiate action to address issues. It is envisaged that there will be free-ranging discussions, based on questions that members are encouraged to contribute in advance of the meeting. At present, there is a waiting list, please contact to be added to this.

Thu 19 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Geology, BS1,S      

Venue Nova Scotia Pub, Cumberland Basin, Spike Isle - map
Details For discussions, we meet at Nova Scotia. This group now concentrates on field trips throughout the year in the Bristol area - to see and understand the geology from the Mendips to South Wales. It has proved to be very successful and is generally full, but there may be occasional spaces from time to time.

Fri 20 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Lawn Tennis & Squash Club - map
Details The group discusses all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information. We do not have a computer suite but can use a laptop with a digital projector for demonstration. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Fri 20 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 20 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 20 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Oral Story Telling-Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We are a small group who enjoy telling stories, keeping alive this ancient tradition of passing on stories of every kind.

Fri 20 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue The White Lion, Wot, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 20 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Sun 22 Apr 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Downend,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details The purpose of this group is to discuss matters of current interest in the fields of politics and society at home and abroad. Often a group member agrees to research and to present a short paper on a topical issue. Alternatively, everyone brings cuttings from newspapers/magazines/internet for group discussion.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Outing or lunch out

Mon 23 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 23 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 9.30 am     Computing & Technology WoT,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details We aim to allow a higher level of technical discussion and demonstration than is practical in the other Computing Groups. As examples, recent meetings have focussed on Windows 10, Android, PostScript, VB Script, Web design with Serif, Cloud Computing, Movie editing, Converting analogue music to mp3, Visit to Bletchley Park, Updating PC hardware and reinstalling Windows, Social Media, Google Sites, MIT Scratch and Python (both for the Raspberry Pi etc), Google Forms, USB3, Chromecast, Nexus tablet, Google+, NoSQL, EXIF data, BBC Micro:BIT, The Investigatory Powers Bill

Tue 24 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 11.30 am     Science & Engineering,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Study and discussion of any new scientific technologies, innovations, discoveries or work in progress and their potential consequences. Members are encouraged to lead a discussion on a subject of their choice or report on matters of current interest. For details of forthcoming meetings see http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=628&page=31491

Tue 24 Apr 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 1.30 pm     Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is an informal gardening group suitable for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the informed gardener who likes to talk gardening.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 24 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 24 Apr 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Wed 25 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 25 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Gardens - In My Back Yard,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details Confirm date before coming. An informal group who have an interest in gardens, and would like to see and learn from others' gardens in the area. Members visit each other's gardens, patios, etc. to share experience and expertise, swap seeds, cuttings and seedlings according to the season, and share ideas and inspiration according to ability.

Thu 26 Apr 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Thu 26 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 26 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Architecture,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This group is aimed at increasing our knowledge and appreciation of the design and architectural construction of buildings, especially around Bristol. We hope this group will lead on to looking at modern day architecture and the issues of building today, as well as buildings in other parts of the world. In warmer months we organise architectural walks around Bristol and we are also hoping in the future to organise trips further field.

Thu 26 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Fri 27 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 27 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 27 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 27 Apr 2018 10.00 am     Creative Writing-South Bristol      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details A new creative writing group, led by an experienced writer and creative writing tutor, who aims to encourage and support new writers in whatever they wish to write. Suitable for all budding writers, from novices to more experienced writers. We will cover all aspects of writing: characterisation, dialogue, plot, structure and also how to keep going when the going gets tough. I hope the group will encourage those who have yet to write a word and also those who have a project in mind.

Fri 27 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 27 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 27 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles, Craft, Needlework,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details 

Fri 27 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sat 28 Apr 2018 12.00 pm     Lunch Club, NE Bristol,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details At various pubs in the local area. We enjoy each other's company and good local food.

Sat 28 Apr 2018 2.00 pm     Textiles - South Bristol,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Currently, the group is at capacity with 8 members.

Sun 29 Apr 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 30 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 30 Apr 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 30 Apr 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 30 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Mon 30 Apr 2018 2.30 pm     Quizzing At Home,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details We meet every last Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.00 in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road, Bishopston. We bring our own quiz material, take turns to ask questions, and generally work in a collective, non-competitive manner (scoring is less important to us than trying to improve our general knowledge). However, occasionally we do split into teams for a more formal session. We meet every month where at least four of us can attend, which sometimes means an August meeting does not happen.

Tue 1 May 2018 10.00 am     Speakers Club      

Venue Cosy Club, 31 Corn Street - website - map
Details 

Tue 1 May 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 1 May 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 1 May 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 1 May 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 1 May 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry-Understanding Poetry,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Each month, a member chooses poems, a poet, or a particular form of poetry for us to focus on. We aim to learn more about why any poem is written the way it is, and how it manages to communicate more, or differently from how it would in prose. We, therefore, look at language, form and structure, as well as getting to know poems and poets we may not be familiar with. A book we sometimes use to hone our appreciation is '52 Ways of Looking at a Poem' by Ruth Padel

Tue 1 May 2018 2.00 pm     Reading - Bishopston,NW      

Venue The Oaks, Bishopston, Bs7 - map
Details We are a small, friendly group, we meet in sheltered accommodation just off the Gloucester Road to discuss books of our choice. A mix of classic and modern fiction and the occasional non-fiction. The person who chooses the month's book gives a short presentation of their reasons before general discussion.

Tue 1 May 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 1 May 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 2 May 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 2 May 2018 10.15 am     Literature - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details All members are expected to suggest a book or poetry from time to time. Something with which they are familiar. They then lead a discussion about it. All members are expected to read this as well and contribute their opinions.

Wed 2 May 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 2 May 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 2 May 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 2 May 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 2 May 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 2 May 2018 2.00 pm     Enjoying Shakespeare BS9,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We choose a different play each month. We begin with a general discussion which includes sharing views about any current screenings members have seen, or any live performances past and present. Towards the end of the session, volunteers offer to read aloud particular speeches or a scene which we then discuss in closer detail.

Wed 2 May 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Thu 3 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Bedminster,S      

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatre Cafe, Upstairs, Bs3 - website - map
Details Enter via theatre box office door, not the ground floor bar/café

Thu 3 May 2018 10.30 am     Money Matters - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details "Money don't buy you happiness, but it sure helps ease the pain" Not Groucho Marx. We have lively meetings to discuss anything to do with money that pleases or annoys group members e.g. allocation of taxes, footballers' pay, charity donations, the value of the lottery, NHS etc. along with types of investment, stock market trends, etc. but no one-to-one advice.

Fri 4 May 2018 2.00 am     Mahjong - Westbury Fields,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Chinese Game. New members welcome, beginners and members who have played before. Coffee, tea and biscuits on offer for 50p.

Fri 4 May 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 4 May 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 4 May 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Fri 4 May 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema Group, Harbourside,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details A small, friendly group who meet to discuss films we would like to see in Bristol. At the moment, this group is full.

Sun 6 May 2018 10.30 am     Exploring Humanism,S      

Venue North Bristol To North Somerset
Details Humanism draws inspiration, truth and motivation from observing the real world we know & can directly relate to. We owe our allegiance to Humanity itself rather than any religious code. From this reality, it is quite clear that Reason, Decency and Empathy, in a word, Morality, are human aspirations that benefit mankind and we pursue them for the benefit of ourselves and those to come. We normally hold our meetings every month throughout the year

Sun 6 May 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 7 May 2018 10.00 am     Short Story - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details Each month we read and discuss the work of one author. We read a short story aloud around the group and then discuss it. We're currently alternating between 'Selected Stories' by Chekhov and 'The best British Short Stories 2013' ed. by Nicholas Royle. We pay £1 to the RNIB when we sign in at 10.00 for coffee.

Mon 7 May 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 7 May 2018 10.00 am     Social - NE Bristol,NE      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details Coffee and biscuits followed by a brief business meeting. Then a short talk by a member or some other activity.

Mon 7 May 2018 10.30 am     Lawn Bowls - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Bowls Club, BS6 - website - map
Details Lawn Bowls with coaching for beginners A fee of £3 per hour payable to the club, but there's no expectation that you join the club. Casual dress, flat smoothish heel-less shoes (to protect the green).

Mon 7 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (1),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Presently full

Mon 7 May 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 7 May 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 7 May 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 7 May 2018 2.00 pm     Family History - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Wildcroft House, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details A friendly group where we discuss the latest sources of information to become available, and share tips and techniques. This is not a course as such members' interests and experience are too diverse for that, but we can point beginners in the right direction and offer support. We have books to borrow and magazines to share. Group members bring along ideas or objects to show and discuss.

Mon 7 May 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 7 May 2018 2.15 pm     Music Of Your Choice,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We have plenty of space for new people, so do come along and share your favourite music with a friendly group of people.

Mon 7 May 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble - Harbourside,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details Come along and enjoy a morning of Scrabble. We play two or three games at each meeting. The atmosphere is informal and the surroundings pleasant, tea, coffee and refreshments are available to buy. If you would like to give it a try, we should be happy to help. New players of all strengths are always welcome: just come along and join in.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details Meet in members' houses for discussion or debate, or to plan our activities.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.30 am     Choral, Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details We sing for pleasure rather than for performance, though a reasonable standard of sight-reading is helpful. Different conductors bring their own choice of music to each meeting, which we sing and 'perform' at the end of the meeting. New members always welcome, all categories of voices - as we meet in a hall, we always have space for more members.

Tue 8 May 2018 10.30 am     French Conversation, Downend,L      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This group is quite informal where we converse in French throughout the meeting. Our aim is to improve our French for future visits to France. We usually prepare a few paragraphs in advance of our meeting on a chosen topic, in addition to playing games in French such as Scrabble, etc. You'll need French at A level or equivalent to be able to participate.

Tue 8 May 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 8 May 2018 1.30 pm     Reading,Shaldon,KellawayAve,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details A group of members who enjoy a good read and talking about what we have read with friendly, like-minded people. We have room for new members

Tue 8 May 2018 1.30 pm     Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is an informal gardening group suitable for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the informed gardener who likes to talk gardening.

Tue 8 May 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Knowle,BS4,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details Friendly and informal discussion group. Members take it in turns to introduce a topic. New members welcome. Find yourself wanting to throw something at the TV? Come and let off steam in an informal discussion group. We take it in turns to prepare a topic using e.g. a newspaper or web article - there's space for more members, so do come and join in! There'll also be coffee!

Tue 8 May 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 8 May 2018 2.00 pm     History, Social -Fishponds,NE      

Venue Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 - website - map
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Tue 8 May 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 8 May 2018 2.00 pm     Genealogy - Whitchurch,S      

Venue Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, BS14 - website - map
Details This is an informal and friendly group interested in researching our family history and tracing lineages through a variety of data: Family Discussion, Birth, Marriage and Death certificates, Census Records, Parish records and so on. The group is suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced. We meet in the South of the City but are open to all. We aim to share our knowledge within the group, from ways to start your family search to ideas of how to unblock a brick wall to helping uncover the interesting facts of life in previous generations. We have the use of a few computers to help explain how to search and to give ideas of recording your findings. We welcome new people, so do get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Tue 8 May 2018 2.00 pm     Discussion Group,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details Each month we will select a small number of proposed ideas and topics which members will be invited to consider in advance of our discussion the following meeting. We will avoid, where possible, discussions about politics and religion! This is an ongoing group and there are available spaces. Please apply in the first instance to Judy Hodgson regarding the availability of places

Tue 8 May 2018 2.30 pm     Life Experience,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A small friendly group who enjoy writing and sharing a variety of personal experiences which stimulate memories and discussions.

Tue 8 May 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.15 am     Discovering Villages,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details We drive to the chosen village independently, arriving at 10.30 at a coffee shop if possible. Researchers would have researched the village history, important buildings, past residents, the trade and business of the village and planned the route for the walk around the village. We stop for lunch at the village pub and in the afternoon have free time to explore

Wed 9 May 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details Café Grounded, Brislington

Wed 9 May 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 9 May 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 9 May 2018 2.00 pm     Music,JazzAppreciationBS7&9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details Unfortunately, we have no spaces at the moment,

Wed 9 May 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 1 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is a self-taught group - we chose a topic and do individual research for participation in each meeting. We enjoy this format, which we find both informative and interesting.

Thu 10 May 2018 10.30 am     Politics-ABraveNewWorld,BS6,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Group members decide which topics to discuss domestic and international politics. All sessions are introduced/led by group members, often in pairs. To date, we have discussed China, Russia, Populism and nationalism, corruption, patriarchy, to name a few. Future topics will include America, North Korea, Globalisation, the role of social media as an information channel.

Thu 10 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (2),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details Sorry, group full

Thu 10 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Frenchay, NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details A social group who meet in members' homes. We have occasional outside speakers but mainly rely on our own resources. We have occasional lunches out locally. New members welcome.

Thu 10 May 2018 2.00 pm     French Discussion-Bishopston,L      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. An established group of 8 members who have been learning French for many years and meet to maintain fluency in a friendly atmosphere. The group is now full.

Thu 10 May 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Maple Grange, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details We discuss ethical dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives as well the big ethical issues which face all parts of the globe.

Fri 11 May 2018 10.00 am     Art - Acrylics For Fun,Downend      

Venue Badminton Gardens, Castle Suite, Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details This is not a U3A group, though welcomes U3A members (and most group members are). The leader is a professional artist, Steve Wheeler, who, with great enthusiasm, teaches and encourages members of any ability to improve their skills. His view is that anyone can express themselves with paint. There is a charge of £5 per session which includes materials. This is a taught group of budding artists of any level - the helpful and enthusiastic professional tutor also provides materials.

Fri 11 May 2018 10.00 am     Walking,NW      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Usually within 30 miles of Bristol. Members lead local walks from five to twelve miles, with a break for a picnic lunch or for shorter walks a pub lunch at the end. Those who come on walks should have their own accident insurance. U3A covers walkers for Public Liability only.

Fri 11 May 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 11 May 2018 10.30 am     Art Appreciation,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 11 May 2018 2.00 pm     French Inter - W'bury Fields,L      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details An opportunity for those already fairly fluent to practise their French in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, through discussion of items of topical and cultural interest. www.raymondgallery.webspace.virginmedia.com

Fri 11 May 2018 2.00 pm     French, Further, WoT,L      

Venue St Monica's, Cote Lane, BS9 - website - map
Details This small group offers the opportunity to practise and maintain our fluency in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We read and discuss items of topical and cultural interest.

Sun 13 May 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 14 May 2018 10.00 am     Reading - Bedminster,S      

Venue Royal National Institute For The Blind, BS3 - website - map
Details We discuss a previously read book. We each pay the RNIB £1 per visit. Reading a book is a valuable discipline to cultivate for all ages, and especially as you get older. It keeps the brain active and is, at the same time, very pleasurable. We collectively choose what to read 3 or 4 months in advance - mainly novels - from a wide range of authors, usually written in English, but sometimes a translation from the original language. We then discuss the book and our varying opinions at the next meeting.

Mon 14 May 2018 10.30 am     Current Affairs - Clifton,NW      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details There is no programme. We discuss anything that has appeared in the media and has puzzled or infuriated or amused or caught the attention of a member of the group in some way. We have no room (literally) for new members at the moment. Nearby parking. 5 mins from bus stop. Stairs.

Mon 14 May 2018 10.30 am     Solo Group,NW      

Venue Boswells, Broadmead, Bs1 3xd - website - map
Details Coffee morning to arrange an outing or lunch out.

Mon 14 May 2018 10.30 am     Latin - Bedminster,L      

Venue Monica Wills House, Bedminster, BS3 - map
Details Rediscovering the Latin we learnt at school and have largely forgotten. The group is relaxed and self-directed. We are re-starting an easy textbook. New members with a smattering of Latin very welcome.

Mon 14 May 2018 10.30 am     Lawn Bowls - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Bowls Club, BS6 - website - map
Details Lawn Bowls with coaching for beginners A fee of £3 per hour payable to the club, but there's no expectation that you join the club. Casual dress, flat smoothish heel-less shoes (to protect the green).

Mon 14 May 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 14 May 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 14 May 2018 2.00 pm     German Conversation -Harbour,L      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details This group is suitable for those with a prior knowledge of German who would enjoy talking about everyday topics in a friendly atmosphere. We also practise coping with useful holiday topics. Occasionally we use the book Themen as an aid.

Mon 14 May 2018 2.00 pm     Play Reading - Clifton,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details 

Mon 14 May 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend, BS16 - website - map
Details A small group for informal discussion of ethical issues in society and daily life. Members will be encouraged to suggest and introduce topics for discussion.

Mon 14 May 2018 2.00 pm     Watercolours For Pleasure,NW      

Venue Horfield Parish Hall, BS7 - website - map
Details This is a group of 12 enthusiasts of watercolour painting. Although there will be no teaching, there is a resident artist and existing members of the group who will be willing to assist newcomers. The membership is restricted to the size of the room and the number of tables. Meet in the Helliwell Room.

Mon 14 May 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 15 May 2018 10.00 am     Mathematics For Pleasure,S      

Venue Around Bristol
Details Admission requirement: took maths at school till 16, can't remember much, but curious as to what it might have been about.

Tue 15 May 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 15 May 2018 2.00 pm     Latin - Clifton,L      

Venue Clifton, BS8
Details The group is at about GCSE level. 2 stairs. Parking. 5 mins to bus.

Tue 15 May 2018 2.00 pm     Poetry Writing - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group for people to practise and hone their poetry-writing skills. Sometimes it's a free choice but we usually work on a theme chosen previously. We may write on a single subject, a particular poetic form such as a sonnet, or we may look at a published poet's work for inspiration, reflecting its rhyming scheme, mood or structure.

Tue 15 May 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 15 May 2018 3.00 pm     Latin Stage 4, WestburyPk,L      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details A group who began about 3 years ago. We are currently working on Cambridge Latin Course Book 4.

Tue 15 May 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Inter - Henleaze,L      

Venue Bradbury Hall, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a friendly group that has now been running for over four years

Wed 16 May 2018 10.00 am     Mindfulness In Movement,NW      

Venue Horfield Baptist Church Hall, Bishopston, BS7 - website - map
Details These classes combine gentle stretching and flowing movements from the Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions with secular mindfulness practices. Sequences will be taught to support home practice encouraging strength and flexibility in body, heart and mind! The cumulative teaching makes this unsuitable as a drop-in class. You can find out more about the background to the practice and the teacher on www.bodytomind.co.uk.

Wed 16 May 2018 10.15 am     Social - Redland & Cotham, NW      

Venue Browns Restaurant, By Museum, Bs8 1re - website - map
Details Just drop in

Wed 16 May 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 16 May 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sessions.

Wed 16 May 2018 10.30 am     Scrabble With Coffee,NW      

Venue Commercial Rooms, BS1 - website - map
Details Alternates with Solo Whist at Watershed

Wed 16 May 2018 10.30 am     Spanish Inter - Conversation,L      

Venue North And West Bristol, Bs1,6,8,9
Details Our main purpose is to learn to speak and socialise in Spanish in a 'live' situation, through imagined dialogues in situations encountered in likely conversations in Spain or South America. We work from approximately Intermediate level. We use Pasos 2 Intermediate Spanish book for reading and listening comprehension, verbs and grammar with Spanish conversation all through the lesson. We also do homework. Sometimes we get interesting articles from a Spanish newspaper on the internet and discuss it when we meet, we also get Spanish songs and Spanish poetry, do the preparation at home then read and discuss them when we meet. We occasionally meet in a coffee shop, or even go to a flamenco evening. We would welcome a native Spanish speaker or someone who is very fluent, to join our group to guide us from time to time.

Wed 16 May 2018 2.00 pm     Italian 2 - Henleaze,L      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details A group for those with a good basic knowledge of Italian as the emphasis is on conversation.

Wed 16 May 2018 2.00 pm     Cinema World-wide,SneydPark,NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details An opportunity for cinema lovers to explore cultural and political differences as depicted in World Cinema. A group of film lovers with a particular interest in world cinema, we watch films from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We follow this with a discussion focusing on narrative, culture, characterisation, history or politics, Held monthly at 2 pm on the third Wednesday each month, with breaks Summer, Christmas and Easter. Please note, regretfully the group has no vacancies at the present time but you can be placed on a waiting list or start your own!

Wed 16 May 2018 2.00 pm     Music AppreciationClassical,NW      

Venue Maple Leaf Court, Clifton, BS8 - website - map
Details A group for people who enjoy classical music, and a way of expanding our knowledge of it. The music is usually classical, sometimes lighter, using a composer whose birthday falls within the month. We usually each bring along a favourite CD and discuss the music. We also have a large collection of CDs in our cupboard. This is a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and, perhaps, hear music by composers of whom you have never heard. A cup of tea and biscuit mid afternoon is very welcome.

Thu 17 May 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - W0T, NW      

Venue Sneyd Park And Stoke Bishop, BS9
Details The meetings are informal discussions on all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information, sometimes with a demonstration huddled around one computer. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Thu 17 May 2018 10.30 am     Art On Show - South Bristol,S      

Venue Central And South Bristol, BS1,2,3,4
Details This friendly and informal group is open to anyone interested in art. New members are very welcome to come and join us: just turn up. We choose a different gallery each month, usually in central or south Bristol. After looking at their current exhibition, we discuss what we have seen over coffee. We all bring our own experience to what we are looking at and it makes for some lively conversations.

Thu 17 May 2018 2.00 pm     Music The Blues&Its Branches,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details We do have some room for new members who may be interested.A group dedicated to the study and appreciation of blues music and its roots and influence. Since the beginning of the group, we have explored the origins and legacy of the blues from Africa to the present day. We have found that the blues has given birth to many forms of closely related music such as jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll and 'World Music' etc.

Thu 17 May 2018 2.00 pm     Creative Writing - WoT,BS10,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers keen to develop our writing skills (prose and verse) through sharing our work. Each month we write to a topic agreed by the group, then read out our work and offer constructive support to each other. Our approaches to the topics and styles of writing are varied and we aim for a relaxed and positive session.

Thu 17 May 2018 2.00 pm     Current Affairs - Frenchay,NE      

Venue Frenchay And Stapleton, BS16
Details Our meetings provide the opportunity to express opinions, discuss and gain further understanding of current issues in the news. And, if appropriate, initiate action to address issues. It is envisaged that there will be free-ranging discussions, based on questions that members are encouraged to contribute in advance of the meeting. At present, there is a waiting list, please contact to be added to this.

Thu 17 May 2018 2.00 pm     Geology, BS1,S      

Venue Nova Scotia Pub, Cumberland Basin, Spike Isle - map
Details For discussions, we meet at Nova Scotia. This group now concentrates on field trips throughout the year in the Bristol area - to see and understand the geology from the Mendips to South Wales. It has proved to be very successful and is generally full, but there may be occasional spaces from time to time.

Fri 18 May 2018 10.00 am     Computer Group - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Lawn Tennis & Squash Club - map
Details The group discusses all kinds of operational questions and problems including Internet and email difficulties. We exchange tips and useful information. We do not have a computer suite but can use a laptop with a digital projector for demonstration. The ability of group participants ranges from those who have just become acquainted with computers to those who have been using one for years.

Fri 18 May 2018 10.00 am     Scrabble at the Beehive      

Venue Beehive Pub, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details This is a new group with plenty of spaces, so do come along and help make it a success. There are snacks, beverages and good food available, and it's a good opportunity to make new friends and catch up with 'old' ones. We may branch out into other games such as chess, whist or other card games - it's your group, come and help develop it. No need to know the rules - beginners are very welcome

Fri 18 May 2018 10.15 am     Walking South,S      

Venue South Bristol And North Somerset
Details New members are always very welcome.Alternating with the other Walking group. A second walking group, open to all members but focussing mostly on walks to the south of the city, and in and around North Somerset. Keen walkers will be able to walk with both groups.

Fri 18 May 2018 10.30 am     Oral Story Telling-Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We are a small group who enjoy telling stories, keeping alive this ancient tradition of passing on stories of every kind.

Fri 18 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Westbury On Trym,NW      

Venue The White Lion, Wot, Bs9 - website - map
Details 

Fri 18 May 2018 10.30 am     Art History,NW      

Venue St Mary's Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop, BS9 - website - map
Details The 2017-18 season will take us from the middle of the 17th Century to the middle of the 18th, from Baroque to Rococo to Enlightenment.

Sun 20 May 2018 6.00 pm     Table Tennis - Downend,NE      

Venue Downend Sports Centre, Emerson Green, BS16 - website - map
Details We'd welcome new members of all levels of ability - or none! Bring your own bat if you like, but we have spares. No other kit required except gym shoes. Currently costs £1 per person.

Mon 21 May 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Henleaze,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details We meet for coffee and to get to know local members, comparing notes about our U3A activities. We make plans for frequent events and trips and just enjoy an informal chat and get together. The Group started in early 2016 and many of the Group have either recently retired of moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 21 May 2018 10.00 am     Ukulele (1) BS3,S      

Venue South Bristol, Bs3, 4
Details New members very welcome.

Mon 21 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Lodge Café, Bs7 - website - map
Details We are primarily a social group but, from time to time, we go on pre-arranged events, such as exhibitions, talks, walks, meals out, etc

Mon 21 May 2018 10.30 am     Lawn Bowls - Redland,NW      

Venue Redland Green Bowls Club, BS6 - website - map
Details Lawn Bowls with coaching for beginners A fee of £3 per hour payable to the club, but there's no expectation that you join the club. Casual dress, flat smoothish heel-less shoes (to protect the green).

Mon 21 May 2018 10.30 am     Tai Chi Gong For All,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, BS9 - website - map
Details Tai Chi Exercises are from the Taijiwuxigong (pronounced Taijeewoosheegong) system, based on Tai Chi Chuan for health benefits rather than as martial art. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Mon 21 May 2018 10.30 am     Social - Henleaze (3),NW      

Venue Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 - website - map
Details The Group started in early 2016 and meets for a coffee and a chat, as well as an update on future events. Many of the Group have either recently retired or moved to Bristol, so there is an opportunity to meet new people and exchange local information. We arrange frequent events both within and outside Bristol, including visits to the cinema, historic buildings, and monthly lunches. We are an informal, welcoming and friendly Group.

Mon 21 May 2018 12.00 pm     Table Tennis - Horfield,NW      

Venue Horfield Leisure Centre, Bs7 - map
Details Cost £5.15 shared between those who turn up on the day.

Mon 21 May 2018 2.00 pm     Ukulele-Speedwell Strummers,NE      

Venue Speedwell, BS15
Details At members' homes in Speedwell BS15. We are a flourishing group of ukulele players who wish to enjoy learning together rather than having a tutor.

Mon 21 May 2018 2.00 pm     Photography,NW      

Venue Harbourside, BS1
Details A group of people who'd like a variety of types of subjects on which to practice their photographic skills, and who'd like to develop their skills with others. Each walk and meeting place will be determined by group members. The meeting place will be a cafe or a pub in the vicinity of the walk. We'll spend most of the meeting walking around a small area, looking for exciting photographic opportunities based on a pre-arranged theme. Some time will be devoted to examining last month's efforts. Winter meetings may well be indoors photographing specialised subjects.

Mon 21 May 2018 2.30 pm     French Conversation -WburyPk,L      

Venue Westbury Park, BS6
Details A group who are enthusiastic but not very competent. We speak and read French and learn about France.

Tue 22 May 2018 9.30 am     Computing & Technology WoT,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details We aim to allow a higher level of technical discussion and demonstration than is practical in the other Computing Groups. As examples, recent meetings have focussed on Windows 10, Android, PostScript, VB Script, Web design with Serif, Cloud Computing, Movie editing, Converting analogue music to mp3, Visit to Bletchley Park, Updating PC hardware and reinstalling Windows, Social Media, Google Sites, MIT Scratch and Python (both for the Raspberry Pi etc), Google Forms, USB3, Chromecast, Nexus tablet, Google+, NoSQL, EXIF data, BBC Micro:BIT, The Investigatory Powers Bill

Tue 22 May 2018 10.00 am     Opera For All - Broadmead,NW      

Venue Broadmead Baptist Church, Union St, BS1 - website - map
Details The accommodation has plenty of room for more people and we would welcome more members.

Tue 22 May 2018 10.00 am     Current Affairs - Horfield,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details An informal, interactive group at which the topics for discussion are put forward by the members. These are wide-ranging and drawn from the press, television or internet.

Tue 22 May 2018 10.00 am     Bristol U3A Band, BS5,S,      

Venue Factory Studios, Bs5, S - website - map
Details This is a group of people who simply like to get together to make music. Any instruments are welcome and players of any level. So if you are just starting to play an instrument or if you are returning to playing after a long gap, then please come along. We play a varied repertoire and decide fairly democratically on what music to play.

Tue 22 May 2018 10.15 am     Colston Group,NE      

Venue North And North East Bristol, BS16,34
Details We arrange visits to exhibitions, places of interest etc, often including a pub lunch.

Tue 22 May 2018 11.30 am     Science & Engineering,NW      

Venue Sommerville, Westbury Fields, BS10 - website - map
Details Study and discussion of any new scientific technologies, innovations, discoveries or work in progress and their potential consequences. Members are encouraged to lead a discussion on a subject of their choice or report on matters of current interest. For details of forthcoming meetings see http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=628&page=31491

Tue 22 May 2018 11.30 am     Yoga - Brislington,S      

Venue St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Brislington, Bs4 - map
Details Yoga not only helps to improve mobility, flexibility and strength but it encourages a general sense of well-being through the practice of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Each session starts with a short time to centre through awareness and breathing before gentle exercises to warm the body. Then we have the main part of the practice, the postures or asana, and finish with relaxation. Yoga encourages a sense of living in the moment by being mindful of our bodies and how we respond to movement, so we always practise within our safe and comfortable limits.

Tue 22 May 2018 1.30 pm     Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg,NW      

Venue Henleaze, BS9
Details This is an informal gardening group suitable for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the informed gardener who likes to talk gardening.

Tue 22 May 2018 2.00 pm     Book Study - WoT, BS9,NW      

Venue Westbury-on-Trym, BS9,10
Details We usually spend 2 sessions on each book to give time for a deeper and more extended study. Each member gives a short reaction to the reading and then we open out the discussion to include the points which have been made.

Tue 22 May 2018 2.00 pm     Bridge - Knowle,S      

Venue Knowle, BS4
Details All interested members are welcome. Various levels, social bridge to bridge club. Bridge is a very sociable activity, and the more you play the more you learn. We are are a mixture of novices and experienced players, so people of all skill levels are welcome - though it does need commitment if you're learning. It is played by four people and is like Whist except that you predict how many tricks you will make each hand.

Tue 22 May 2018 2.00 pm     Ethics - Southville,S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Members of the group usually volunteer to introduce topics of their choosing, with a presentation followed by a discussion amongst the group. However, there is no pressure to volunteer - otherwise, it wouldn't be 'volunteering', as philosophy teaches us that freedom of choice is paramount. (Another topic ripe for discussion!)

Tue 22 May 2018 4.00 pm     Spanish Adv Discussion, BS7,NW      

Venue Bishopston, BS7
Details This is a new group for fluent speakers.

Wed 23 May 2018 10.00 am     Recorder Group,S      

Venue ACTA Centre, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Did you last play your recorder in your Primary school? Would you like to rediscover your former musical prowess? The Recorder Group started in October 2013. We are a friendly group of people who are enjoying finding their way around their recorders again. We have soprano, treble, tenor and bass players. We are exploring a range of music for all four instruments playing together. We seem to be making quite decent progress. Mostly we greatly enjoy playing together.

Wed 23 May 2018 10.00 am     Solo Whist - Watershed,NW      

Venue Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bs1 - website - map
Details Plus other card games. Alternates with Coffee and Scrabble at the Commercial Rooms.

Wed 23 May 2018 10.30 am     Art - Looking At Art,NW      

Venue Redland And Cotham, BS6
Details Illustrated talks on art in the widest sense by group members take place fortnightly. Previous subjects ranged from Scottish Stained Glass, The Camden Town Group, Artists of WW1 and Frida Kahlo. This year we have had talks on subjects ranging from a comparison of the amateur artists Hitler & Churchill, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Art Nouveau as well as exploration of the work of local artists working from a contemporary perspective.

Wed 23 May 2018 10.30 am     Gentle Fitness - Bedminster,S      

Venue Elephant Room, Bedminster, BS3 - website - map
Details Gentle exercise to improve posture, health and self-esteem. It's opposite South Bristol Baths. Join us for pleasure in exercise tips for staying flexible and strong as we "mature", finishing with "deep relaxation". By popular demand, a short massage to finish.

Wed 23 May 2018 10.30 am     Italian For Beginners, BS3, S      

Venue Bedminster And Southville, BS3
Details Lessons are very informal, and despite the fact that members of the group are more or less complete beginners, Italian is spoken most of the time. The idea is to develop the ability to talk about everyday life, whilst at the same time acquiring a sound grasp of basic grammar. The book we use is 'Living Italian', a popular course which has been around a long time and is now updated. This is mainly for revising and practising at home what we have learnt in our sess