Knole U3A

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.

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For more information on membership please contact or for any other questions please visit our Contact page.

Knole u3a is affiliated to the Third Age Trust.

News items

Knole u3a membership renewals. Important reminder from our Membership Secretary Suzi Morgan.  Will all those who pay their £16 annual renewal via on line banking please ensure they also complete a Membership Renewal form and Gift Aid Declaration                               

 Digital Manipulation Group 

a new group for beginners to learn how to manipulate photographs will start in October on the 2nd Thursday morning for 9 months from 10 am until 12.30 pm at Holmesdale Bowls Club.

Please contact Janet Austin 01732 460578

 Kent History Group                                                                                                                               Monthly Meetings  will recommence at Holmesdale in October.

Singing for Pleasure.

A fun group who enjoy singing a wide variety of popular songs

4th Friday from October 2-4 pm in Otford Methodist Church Hall

Janet Austin 01732 460578


Knole u3a

Registered Charity No. 1166210 

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