Welcome to The University of The Third Age (U3A) in Shepton Mallet, covering the town of Shepton Mallet and the surrounding villages and communities. Please use the menu above to explore our website.

Shepton Mallet is a small rural town situated about 18 miles south of Bristol. Nestling in a fold of the beautiful Mendip Hills in eastern Somerset, Shepton Mallet is an attractive combination of an ancient market town and a modern industrial community.

Shepton Mallet U3A (registered charity number 1158730) was established in July 2011 and membership is approaching 200, with numerous activities.

Although called the University of The Third Age no academic qualifications are required to join. There is no formal teaching or learning and no examinations. Shepton Mallet U3A, in particular, consists of a lively and friendly group of people with a wide variety of skills and life experiences. By forming and joining interest groups they are able to share their knowledge, learn from others and develop new interests. It is not just about learning, new friendships are made and Shepton Mallet U3A aims for all activities to take place in a friendly social setting. There is no specific age limit but members tend to be in their ‘third age’ i.e. retired or approaching retirement, and most meetings take place during the day.

Many activities take place in Shepton Mallet – in member’s houses and also at The Shrubbery Hotel and the Salvation Army Hall. Where there is support, groups are established in local villages and there are groups in Oakhill, Doulting, Evercreech and Prestleigh.

Our three Walking groups provide the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside around us and, for the less energetic, the Munch Club meets monthly for lunch at various local hostelries. We also arrange regular outings to places of interest.

At 10.30am on the first Thursday of each month there is a speaker meeting in the Mendip Council Chamber – arrive at 10am for free tea or coffee!  On the remaining Thursdays of each month, informal coffee mornings are held from 10:30am onwards in Dobbies café.

New members are welcome and for more information on Shepton Mallet U3A please follow the links on the website.

To find out more about life in the third age, watch this video…