University of the 3rd Age (U3A)

University of the 3rd Age (U3A) is a members-only organisation offering activities, excursions, clubs and classes for people who are in the third age of life; no longer in full-time employment.

St James Institute are pleased to host regular classes and activities for the U3A Bournemouth and U3A Christchurch branches. Regular activities include:


Table Tennis for improvers

U3A Bournemouth offer table tennis sessions on Tuesdays at 1.15 – 2.45pm and 3 – 4.30pm

Please note, no tuition is given, so these sessions are not suited to beginners. If you are a beginner and would like to learn the basics of the game, then why not try a session with the Merton Table Tennis club.


Vintage Brass Band

U3A Christchurch’s Vintage Brass Band hold their practice sessions at St James, on Mondays between 1.30pm – 5pm, split into two sessions; one for experienced players and one for mixed abilities.


Let’s Dance

A U3A Christchurch-run dance class that teaches the basics of 10 different dance styles. Classes are held Wednesdays, 2 – 4pm, in the main hall.

Other ad-hoc activities include drama group and educational lessons, such as computing classes.


To find out more about how to join one of the local U3A branches, as well as further details on the types of activities they offer, please visit their websites: or