Learning not Lonely

Ferndown University of the Third Age was founded in 1997 and is part of a nationwide movement that promotes lifelong learning. Currently there are over 600 members, from Ferndown and the surrounding areas. It is a voluntary organisation for retired and semi-retired people to meet together and learn new skills. Social events and visits are also arranged – study tours of Girona, Spain and Malta are among visits organised.

It is not a University in the traditional way, as there are neither entry qualifications nor examinations. Group subjects are as varied as table tennis and badminton, to languages, history and art, with several bridge groups playing during the week.

You may ask ‘What is the ‘Third Age?’ It’s when you’ve finished working or bringing up a family and have more time to follow your interests. Members have very varied experiences and acquire diverse skills during their lives and some are able to share these by offering educational, creative and leisure activities. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal.

New members are always welcome!

If you would like to know more, please browse this website.To find out more about our groups, visit our Beacon Database.

Recent Events

Study Visit Oxford & Ironbridge

Recent Events

International Study Visit – Malta

Recent Events

Discovering Wessex- Beaulieu

Recent Events


Recent Events

Table Tennis

Recent Events

Bon Viveurs – Flavours Cookery School

Recent Events

Nature Group 

Recent Events

Welcoming our 600th Member


                              Upcoming Events


    2nd December: Christmas Lunch

   10th December: Annual General Meeting and Brunch

14th December Pantomime  Barrington Centre – Tickets available      on the door

2nd January  Skittles – Three Cross carolemike12@btinternet.com                or jac_acres@hotmail.com

3rd January First Friday Talk  – Surviving the house that sat down



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