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Islington U3A Groups


Meets 2nd Thursday in Month
Details TBA

Art in London     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Visits to exhibitions, galleries and salerooms. Discussion groups.

Artists Work     

Meets 2nd Monday of each month - 10.30-noon
Details Members will discuss art they have already made. They won't make art in the group. Work that is finished or in progress will be shared with the aim of getting feedback, support and new ideas. There will be discussion of other artists past and present as well.


Meets Two visits per month
Details While we have over fifty signed up members, most of our visits we have about 6. So not too many to disturb the birds! We range from complete beginners to a few with some experience of birdwatching. New members are welcome, whatever their level of expertise. Group members share ideas they have for outings, and we do our best to follow up all of them. We try to have one local half day visit and one further afield longer day, per month. The emphasis is very much on getting out and enjoying nature and birds in particular. If you would like to join the group, please sign up here

Boat Group     

Meets Tues 10.45 arrival, 11 at waterside, 1pm off water
Details Islington Boat Club holds an "Upperdeckers" session most Tuesday mornings (11am-1pm) for people over 50; we join this. It doesn't meet in school holidays - check their website or the U3A co-ordinator. It is in City Road Basin, off Graham Street N1 next to the park. The Club has kayaks (the most popular activity), canoes, and a traditional canal barge. It provides instructors, lifejackets (though of course the canal isnt very deep!), changing rooms and lockers, and hot drinks. All free of charge. No special clothing is needed, but dress warmly (when its cold), preferably with waterproof trousers and top as paddles drip. Bring gloves as your hands may blister. Preferably shoes that arent bulky or sharp (ideally something like beach shoes of the sort you wear to get over pebbles), and a change of clothes and towel in the extremely unlikely event of your falling in. That said, youre as likely to be overheated from a bit of exertion!

Book Group - German     

Meets Monday morning at 10am, approx every 6 weeks
Details We will read mainly, but not exclusively, modern German literature, then meet to discuss it. Members can speak in either English or German, in whichever language they feel most comfortable. Our first choice of book is "Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharine Blum" by Heinrich Boell.

Book Group - Science Fiction     

Meets Friday afternoons, every five or six weeks
Details We discuss science fiction novels,novellas and short stories chosen by members. We meet at a member's house in Highbury.

Book Group - Short Stories     

Meets Ist Mon 10.30
Details Will meet in a private house near Old Street roundabout

Book group 1     

Meets 4th Mon 10.15
Details Informal reading and discussion of both fiction and non-fiction books chosen by group members

Book group 2     

Meets 3rd Wed of month
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book group 3     

Meets 2nd Mon 14.30
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book group 4     

Meets 2nd Mon 10.00
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 5     

Meets 1st Tues 11.00
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book Group 6     

Meets Ist Wed - 10.30

Book Group- French 1     

Meets Tues every 6 weeks 14.30
Details Discussion in English of books written in French

Book Group- French 2     

Meets Mon every 6 weeks 10.30
Details Discussion in English/French of books written in French, currently concentrating on post 1940s writers


Meets 1st & 3rd Thurs 14.00
Details Friendly bridge sessions - usually two to four tables

Chamber Music     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details A gathering of like minded musicians to form groups and enjoy playing classical chamber music together

Chess for beginners     

Meets Alternate Tuesday afternoons
Details A beginners Chess group with help from experienced chess players

Coffee Mornings     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Monthly coffee mornings, which are free of charge, enable members to get to know others who live near them. Priority is given to members who have not yet attended a coffee morning.

Concert visits     

Meets Varied
Details Visits to classical concerts in various London venues, with the occasional detour in to jazz and possibly world.


Meets 2nd Tues 14.30
Details A self-help group for portable craft - bring along your work, share your expertise and learn from other members

Creative Writing     

Meets Monthly - Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Details The group is for writers who are engaged in or interested in working on longer pieces of writing, are happy to take turns in sharing their work and are willing to spend time listening to the work of others and offering constructive criticism. Members are free to choose their own genre, for example fiction, memoir, political writing. The group meets every four weeks usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as agreed by the members, in an accessible café in Islington.

Cryptic Crosswords     

Meets 1st Mon 14.30
Details Meet other members and learn how to solve cryptic crossword puzzles and improve your skills

Current Affairs     

Meets 2nd and 4th Weds at 10am
Details A discussion group covering a wide range of current affairs. Topics to talk about are decided on the day based primarily on the main stories in the newspapers and other media. It is quite informal and conducted in a way which helps understanding and the sharing of views on what is happening. Holding forth on individual opinions is strongly discouraged and everybody's view is listened to and respected. The atmosphere is very convivial.

Discovering Islington On Foot     

Meets 2nd or 3rd Wed
Details Get to know the nooks and crannies of Islington and neighbouring boroughs through a one / one and a half hour walk

Exploring London     

Meets At least once per month, varied
Details Explore your city with walks and visits to places of interest in or near London, with at least one 'day trip' a year!

Film - Classic     

Meets Normally 1st and 3rd Tue and Wed of the month.
Details A group which meets in Islington to watch and discuss classic films Tue Session 1 - 10.30-13.00 Tue Session 2 - 14.00-16.30 Wed Session 3 - 13.30-15.30 The same film is shown at each session.

Film - Current     

Meets Every Thurs
Details The group goes to see current releases and discusses them afterwards. The meeting time and place depend on the showing time of the chosen film and the cinema at which it is being shown.

French Advanced Conversation 1     

Meets 2nd & 4th Fri 10.00
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context, introduced and led by a native French speaker

French Advanced Conversation 2     

Meets 2nd & 4th Sat 10.30
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context, introduced and led by a native French speaker

French Intermediate     

Meets 2nd and 4th Wed 10am
Details Discussions about subjects in a French context, introduced and led by a native French speaker


Meets 1st Thurs 10.00, and 3rd Thursday in summer
Details A varied programme of visits to members' and other gardens, talks and practical hands-on experience, sharing knowledge and skills, and plants

German Conversation     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wed 11.00
Details Conversation, short texts and visits to exhibitions, covering all aspects of German art, culture and society

Green Issues     

Meets 2nd Thurs of the month
Details This group will discuss contemporary issues that confront our modern lives such as recycling and plastics and non-fossil fuels. The programme of topics will be determined by the members of the group. The scope will be broad to provide for suggestions and perspectives from group members about their particular interests. Some basic introductory material will be distributed prior to each meeting to encourage participation at the meetings. There is the possibility of having speakers or experts from local green groups and of visiting establishments such as the local recycling centre.

History In A Global Context     

Meets Fortnightly, alternate Mondays as from 22 May 2017
Details The Group chooses a period in history and researches what happened at that time across the world. We each choose a subject that takes our fancy, read around it, and then talk about it. Our new period is 1700-1815. We will now be meeting at a house in Ripplevale Grove.

I-Pad Users     

Meets 2nd Mon
Details Shared learning among group members on the use of Apple iPads

International Affairs     

Meets 4th Thurs 14.30
Details If you like discussing international contemporary events in a lively and informative atmosphere, the International Affairs group provides a great way of doing so. In turn one member in each month provides a very short paper on a chosen topic and then it is discussed in the group. There are definitely no experts/outside speakers and so all the discussion is entirely self generated. We all want to be better informed so it is all about dialogue not argument. For 2017/18 topics will be primarily centred on the range of issues facing the UK at a time of great uncertainly in the international arena. Recent topics have included China/Japan, globalisation, the rise of populism, India and China in Africa.

Italian Conversation     

Meets Fri 11.00 to be notified once or twice a month
Details General conversation in Italian - good conversational ability.

Italian Intermediate     

Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays 11am


Details This is a joint group with Crouch End & District U3A

Local History     

Meets 3rd Wed every other month
Details The group's interest is in discovering and researching local history - Islington and adjoining boroughs. It is a discussion group where individual interests can be shared and joint projects taken forward.


Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs 14.00
Details The mahjong groups meets twice a month and caters for all levels of players. People whom have not played but wanting to learn should contact the organiser directly regarding lessons. Our style is Western and we will score but this is something you can pick up as you go along. If you have any questions please email me.

Music Circle     

Meets 3rd Thurs 11.00
Details Listen to music chosen by members, followed by discussion over coffee. Emphasis on classical and opera

Opera Visits     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Visits to operas both live and screened

Painting & Drawing     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tues 10.00
Details Getting together to paint and draw


Meets Every Tues 10.30
Details Friendly games of petanque (also known as boules) From time to time we also arrange games with other groups on other days but this is not compulsory.


Meets 1st Fri 10.30
Details A discussion group looking at central issues in philosophy from an engaged but definitely non-professional viewpoint

Pilates 1 & 2     

Meets Every Tues 10.00 and 10.30
Details Pilates for both beginners and those with some experience


Meets 2nd Tues 10am and 4th Tues 2pm, every 2 months
Details Reading plays selected by members of the group


Meets 1st & 3rd Mon 10.30
Details Members read published poetry, from any period, on a theme chosen by the group, followed by discussion

Presenting Poetry     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wed 14.00
Details Members read poetry on themes chosen by them, followed by discussion CURRENTLY SUSPENDED


Meets Monday 15 January
Details The quiz will take place at a pub neaer the Angel. Participants will be allocated to teams of 6. The quiz is hosted by a professional quizmaster who tailors his questions to suit his audience.

Science Interests and Issues     

Meets 2nd Mon 14.30
Details A group which discusses current science and technology and issues it raises for society, and which visits places of scientific interest


Meets 1st & 3rd Wed or Thurs 14.30
Details A friendly game of scrabble. Members will be emailed with actual dates.

Spanish Conversation 1     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thurs 10.30
Details Topical conversation in Spanish

Spanish Conversation 2     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tues 11am
Details Intermediate level. Need to be fluent enough to hold a social conversation and participate.

Table Tennis     

Meets Tues 11.30
Details Dear TT Members Would you please email Rachel our coach for the Tuesday sessions, your mobile numbers as there might be occasions when she will need to contact you urgently: Thank you for your assistance, Mike Hayes

Theatre - Fringe     

Meets 3/4 weekday evenings a month
Details London has more fringe theatres than any other city in the world and Islington has many of them. The fringe theatre group goes to a wide range of fringe plays often but not only in Islington and nearby venues. For example the Kings Head, Old Red Lion, Park, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Southwark Playhouse, Soho, Arcola. We have a wide range of tastes from the classic to the very modern, drama, comedy and cabaret. Because we try to visit three or four times a month there is always plenty of choice. Notice of planned visits is sent out to group members regularly with play details and notice of when we are going. The group is very informal. Each member buys their own ticket, between £12 - £25, which is incredibly good value, and just turns up at the theatre. All visits are in the evening and we meet in the bar about half an hour or so before curtain (if there is one) up. We also meet monthly for a morning coffee in the Park Theatre cafe and have a chat about anything we like that is vaguely related to the theatre.

Theatre visits     

Meets Varied
Details Theatre visits followed by a chat over a cup/glass of something in a nearby cafe. We also meet periodically in a pub/cafe in Islington to discuss the plays we have seen in more detail



Walks - Longer     

Meets Varied
Details The Longer Walks group has a programme of walks normally of between 8 to 14 miles, usually with options to shorten the walk. Walks are over a full day with a break for lunch.

Walks - Shorter     

Meets 1st Wed and 1 other variable day
Details The Shorter Walks Group has half-day walks of about 5 miles twice a month


Meets Every Mon 2pm to 3.15 Term time
Details Classes for beginners upwards, run by a trained instructor Winter 2018 term dates on the IU3A yoga webpage. Waiting list operates for new applicants to the group. Please Email the co-ordinator for info.