Welcome to Knole U3A
Members enjoying a winter walk in Knole Park
The Universite de Troisieme Age (u3a) originated in France in 1973 as an extra mural activity at the University of Social Science in Toulouse and the first u3a was established in the UK in 1981, loosely based on the French system.
In 2009 an enthusiastic small group of local people came together to launch Knole u3a, its name chosen to reflect the connection to Sevenoaks.
Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and at the end of 2021 had close to 400 members. We currently offer 74 study groups, giving members the opportunity to for example improve foreign language skills, enjoy walks exploring the local countryside and the hidden back streets of London, learn new board games, join current affairs discussion group, explore local history. And our monthly Science group invites knowledgeable speakers to give talks on a broad range of topics.
The u3a is open to anyone who is retired or semi-retired, giving the opportunity to meet others and share your knowledge and experience through open meetings, joining any of the study group and perhaps in the administrative side of Knole. The Annual membership runs from July 1st to June 30th and the current fee is £16 per person pa.