Currently, we have some 120 groups at Barnsley u3a. Groups are what makes the u3a work - it brings people together with a common interest to share knowledge and learn from each other. The schedule of when groups meet may be found below.

Personal Health and Accessibility needs

You may have personal needs. We do our best to be inclusive so to assist in your personal needs, you should review the Wellbeing page where you will find personal health information.

New Groups

Despite having over 120 groups we are always happy to add more and if you feel that an area of interest is not represented, we (or you) can possibly start a new group. Support and advice for starting a group can be obtained from our Groups Development Officer, Indu Kumar or alternatively from Helen Dew  for the Penistone area. Every new Group has to be registered using the Group Registration Document so that details can be passed to members of the Executive Committee, venues booked and paid for, a website group created, announcements and calendars set up.

Lastly, it is not obligatory to join a group when you join u3a. However, we find that those who do join in find the experience uplifting and the social contact both entertaining and enlightening. Many members join several groups - there is no limitation, except time. As previously stated, a donation of £1.50 is made by each member attending an indoor group which requires a venue to be booked. This we call the Blue Box and it helps offset the charge for the venue.

The Groups calendar

There is your groups calendar on your own profile, the second tab in, which shows you months ahead when your groups are meeting. There is also a general calendar just below so you can select groups alphabetically, by category, or by day.

However we understand some like the calendar as its shown in the Buzz, and if that's you, please Click here.

CodeGroup NameWeek In MonthDayTime
 Art AppreciationVariousFridayPM
 Art For BeginnersFortnightlyWednesdayAM
 Art Group, PenistoneVariousFridayPM
 Barnsley Rocks (Geology)FourthFridayAM
 Bird WatchingSecondMondayAM
 Board Games PenistoneFirst + ThirdMondayPM
 Book Forum Group 1SecondMondayPM
 Book Forum Group 2FirstTuesdayAM
 Bridge, PenistoneVariousFridayPM
 Bus Pass WalkersFirst + ThirdThursdayAM
 Buzz GroupVarious  
 Campervans and CaravansVariousVariousAM
 Canasta PenistoneSecond + FourthThursdayPM
 Ceilidh BandFortnightlyWednesdayPM
 Chinese NightsVariousWednesdayPM
 Choir WeeklyTuesdayPM
 Classical StudiesWeeklyFridayAM
 Computer Courses -Word & ExcelWeeklyVariousAM
 Concert PartyWeeklyMondayAM
 Conversational FrenchFortnightlyWednesdayPM
 Conversational GermanVariousThursdayPM
 Country Dancing 1VariousMondayPM
 Crafty ChatFortnightlyFridayPM
 Creative StitchesWeeklyFridayAM
 Crown Green Bowling (Friday)VariousFridayAM
 Crown Green Bowling (League)WeeklyTuesdayPM
 Crown Green Bowling (Monday)WeeklyMondayAM
 Crown Green Bowling (Thursday)WeeklyThursdayAM
 Crown Green Bowling (Tuesday)WeeklyTuesdayAM
 Crown Green Bowling (Wednesday)WeeklyWednesdayAM
 Crown Green Bowling PenistoneWeeklyTuesdayAM
 Current AffairsFortnightlyWednesdayAM
 Curry NightsVariousMondayPM
 DramaSecond + FourthTuesdayAM
 Eating Out In PenistoneOccasionalTuesdayPM
 Encaustic ArtFortnightlyThursdayPM
 Events CommitteeVarious  
 Executive CommitteeThirdFridayAM
 Experience BarnsleyVariousVariousAM
 Exploring Barnsley Research GroupFirstThursdayAM
 Facebook GroupVariousN/AAM
 Family History (Priory)FortnightlyMondayAM
 Feminist GroupSecond + FourthMondayAM
 Finance GroupVarious  
 Flix At SixFirst + ThirdFridayPM
 Flutes GaloreWeeklyTuesdayAM
 FrancophilesSecond + ThirdTuesdayAM
 French Language & CultureWeeklyTuesdayAM
 Games GaloreWeeklyWednesdayPM
 GeographyVarious PM
 Golf (Social Golf)VariousThursdayAM
 Guitar BeginnersWeeklyMondayPM
 Guitar GroupWeeklyThursdayAM
 History GroupVariousMondayAM
 Italian for BeginnersSecond + FourthMondayPM
 Italian NightVariousVariousPM
 Life Before UsFortnightlyFridayPM
 Literature GroupFortnightlyWednesdayPM
 Maths Then and NowVariousTuesdayAM
 Modern Jive For BeginnersVariousWednesdayPM
 Monday WalkersWhen RequiredMondayAM
 MOTO PenistoneVariousFridayPM
 Motorbike GroupFirst + ThirdVariousAM
 Movement To MusicVariousFridayPM
 Nature QuestSecondThursdayPM
 New Members LinkVariousMondayPM
 Occasions at DarfieldSecondTuesdayPM
 Old BlowersWeeklyThursdayAM
 Painting & Drawing for PleasureWeeklyTuesdayAM
 Patchwork Projects @ PenistoneFirst + ThirdTuesdayPM
 Penistone Paramount GroupVarious  
 Penistone ProjectFirstThursdayAM
 Penistone Walking GroupFourthTuesdayAM
 Photography and Image ManipulationFortnightlyFridayPM
 Photography: Know Your CameraFortnightlyThursdayAM
 Pleasure Of Classical MusicFortnightlyFridayPM
 Posh PudsWeeklyFridayAM
 Quilting BeeFortnightlyWednesdayAM
 QuizzoomersSecond + FourthFridayPM
 Sequence Dancing 1WeeklyFridayPM
 Sequence Dancing 2WeeklyTuesdayPM
 Sew Much to DoVariousTuesdayAM
 Sing n' StrumWeeklyFridayAM
 Singalong for FunFortnightlyThursdayPM
 Social CommitteeVarious  
 Solo ClubSecondWednesdayPM
 Sound Bath 1FortnightlyMondayAM
 Sound Bath 2FortnightlyThursdayAM
 Spanish IntermediateFortnightlyThursdayAM
 Spanish IntroductionWeeklyMondayAM
 Sunday StrollersVariousSundayAM
 Table TennisWeeklyTuesdayPM
 Tai ChiWeeklyMondayPM
 Ten Pin Bowling (Monday)WeeklyMondayAM
 Ten Pin Bowling (Thursday)WeeklyThursdayAM
 Theatre GroupSecond + FourthThursdayPM
 Theatre ProductionFortnightlyThursdayPM
 Thursday WalkersVariousThursdayAM
 Thursdays Challenging WalksSecondThursdayAM
 Thursdays Longer WalksFourthThursdayAM
 Tuesday GardenersFortnightlyTuesdayPM
 Tuesday WalkersFortnightlyTuesdayAM
 Ukulele Group (Stringalongs)FortnightlyWednesdayPM
 User Friendly IT Devices and GadgetsWeeklyWednesdayAM
 Video & Media GroupFortnightlyFridayPM
 Walking Cricket GroupVariousThursdayAM
 Walking FootballWeeklyFridayAM
 Website GroupVarious  
 Wednesday RamblersWeeklyWednesdayAM
 Wine AppreciationFirst + ThirdSaturdayPM
 WW1 & WW2 Research & GuidanceVarious  
 Yoga - Laughter YogaFortnightlyTuesdayPM