WHAT’S ON AND WHAT’S NOT?
Some of our activities are RESTARTING, others are still suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak, others carry on following government guidelines and with appropriate precautions.
Our groups meet at various venues throughout the City of Lisburn, making optimum use of many excellent facilities provided by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and other organisations. We are indebted to the local council for their continued support through workshops and the Community Support Grant. These enable us to expand our horizons and to greatly broaden the activities, interests and skills of members. We tend to operate and explore places and events within Northern Ireland with occasional, self-funded trips to the UK and Europe.
For information about any of the groups, contact either or both:
firstname.lastname@example.org -or- email@example.com
They can give you details about group leaders and other contact information,
which we don’t publish on our site.
The first Activity – Antiques – is always open.
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Hillsborough Village Community Centre – 2nd Wed of ea month, 7:30 pm
This is currently suspended
If you admire beautifully crafted objects, are interested in the history and the identification of antiques; or keep your own collection – postcards, stamps, plates, china, silver etc., then this is the group to join. A fully organised programme of events is arranged with guest speakers attending meetings at Hillsborough Village Centre, and with outings to antique shops and auctions.
Kilmakee Activity Centre, Seymour Hill Estate – Tuesdays, 10:00 am
Currently Suspended – possible September restart.
This is an activity that you may never have thought of trying; maybe one that you are sure you couldn’t do successfully! The ethos of the U3A is to try out new activities, learn new skills and prove to yourself that you are capable! Conducted under the watchful eye of an experienced, qualified instructor, all equipment is supplied. Come on, surprise yourself!
Lisburn Racquets Club, Belfast Rd, Lisburn – Recommenced! Wednesdays, 10:30 am.
We meet at Lisburn Racquets Club. We are a keen group of badminton players – best described as “mixed ability”!! A little experience of playing would be useful although not essential – enthusiasm works just as well. Racquets can be provided by the Club and they ask that all players wear suitable footwear.
New members are always welcome, however as numbers are restricted it is sometimes necessary to have a waiting list. If you are interested in playing and joining in the fun please contact us for more information.
Volunteer Member’s Homes – 1st Thurs of each month, 10:30 am
We continue to meet the 1st Thurs of the month, but via ZOOM at 10.30 am.
If you enjoy reading and having a good chat with others who have read the same books, this is the group for you. We meet once a month, having read a book suggested by one of our members, and talk about it. Opinions can vary and characters in the books can often be seen in different ways – but everyone’s view is appreciated. Sometimes we even wander off in other directions discussing topics that we are reminded of by things that we have read! We usually begin with tea or coffee with biscuits and hold our meetings in the home of one of the members – but it is not essential that everyone hosts a meeting. It is all very amicable and someone is always sure to volunteer to host the next meeting.
Volunteer Member’s Homes – Last Tues ea month, 10:30 am
A group for people who love reading and enjoy discussing books. We focus on fiction, aiming to explore territory we might not have visited as individuals. Book choices are diverse – classics and contemporary works, established writers and newcomers, settings and themes from around the world and across the ages, books written in English which may not be the writer’s first language seasoned with translations from other languages. The range of opinions is as varied as the book choices and the craic is good. (During the pandemic we also hold a ‘Book Chat’ mid-month; both meetings are popular and well attended.)
LeisurePlex Bowling Centre – Occasional, at 7:00 pm
From time to time members meet up for a fun evening at the excellent facilities provided by Lisburn 10 Pin Bowling Centre. Everyone insists that they are only there for an evening’s enjoyment – but, of course, everyone is secretly out to win! Keep an eye on the latest edition of the LU3A Newsletter for notice of the next event.
Outdoor Bowls – Summer Season – Lisnagarvey every Tues & Thurs, 10am to 12:30.
Indoor Bowls at Kilmakee Activity Centre on Thurs 10:30 am. Seasonal Sept-May.
OUTDOOR TUES & THURS: Outdoor bowling is at Lisnagarvey. There are sessions Tues and Thursday. Registration is required for all bowlers on the Outdoor Bowlers WhatsApp. A list is published for each day’s play. Unfortunately we are not able to take beginners.
INDOOR THURS: (short mat, indoor) A new and ever-growing group of friendly and enthusiastic members – some with previous experience – and many others who are adding a new skill to their list of enjoyable pastimes. Coaching and equipment is provided free (if required). Everyone is invited to defy the dark, damp mornings and enjoy a warm, welcoming experience.
Lisburn Racquets Club, Belfast Road – Thursdays, 8:00 pm
24 members are playing bridge via Zoom
If you are an experienced Bridge player, or have had some game experience and wish to improve your playing strategy then this is the group for you. Play takes place in an easy, relaxed atmosphere where everyone is made to feel welcome. All details can be obtained from the Group Leader at the monthly meeting.
The Alchemy, Moira – (Formerly The Tannery) – Thursdays, 3:00 pm
From time to time beginner classes, held for 6 consecutive weeks, are arranged for those wanting to try Bridge for the first time.
Volunteer Member’s Homes – Fridays, 10:30 am
We have been meeting in Wallace Park most weeks and plan to continue whenever the weather allows.
Zoom and WhatsApp are invaluable for keeping in touch when we can’t meet.
Crochet has proved a popular activity over the years. We started with the basics and have developed our skills and techniques together, building friendships along the way. At weekly meetings we share ideas, patterns and materials and and enjoy the coffee and the company. Whether cooperating on joint projects or working at something individual, we give each other inspiration and encouragement and a helping hand when needed with new stitches or challenging designs. Not surprisingly the Crochet Group is currently full, but anyone interested in starting or joining a second crochet group can add their name to the list.
Varied Venues – Varied days, Varied times
RECOMMENCED, Check with the Group Leader
For those looking to dine out in a local restaurant in pleasant company. We meet at varied times and venues, so contact the Group Leader to go on the mailing list for upcoming outings.
Varied Venues – Varied days, Varied times
A group for film lovers and for those who enjoy getting out in the company of like-minded friends. The Film Group usually visits the local cinema on a fortnightly basis to view one of the latest releases that has generated good reviews.
LaganView Enterprise Centre, Lisburn – 1st Thurs ea month, 10:30 am
The Floral Art Class meets on the first Thursday of the month from 10.30-12.30. Learning how to make your own stunning arrangements will soon become a great daytime hobby. This beginners class will help you gain confidence with a floral display. The class will occasionally use craft to display the flowers, giving more scope and the chance to portray our own styles. Members will take notes at each meeting for the supplies needed for their next session. As a beginners class we discuss and plan together so our designs are achievable. The flowers and design may vary according to individual interpretations. This allows freedom in design, fun and creativity.
ZOOM MEETINGS – Mondays, 2:30 pm
We are still meeting via Zoom/WhatsApp.
Brush up, try out and improve your French in a friendly, easy-going group of like minded friends. There is no syllabus and no set course work. You do not have to sit tests or tasks. Join the group, share in the pleasure of speaking the language and take satisfaction in keeping the little grey cells sharp.
Varied Venues – Varied days, Varied times
The Fringe Group complements our Theatre/Concert Group by concentrating on smaller, more local productions in music, dance and theatre etc. There is no set programme since outings are totally dependent on the availabilty of suitable, appropriate productions. If you enjoy local entertainment then this is the place to be!
Varied Venues – Varied days, Varied times
The group is open to all, but does not meet regularly, as the majority of the activity is done individually, requiring an interest in working by yourself. We show members the techniques and resources, then they must be self-motivated as they will work and research on their own. We have met in the library and visited the public record office for a tour. Information sheets are available from the U3A National Genealogy Coordinator. If you would like information on getting started, please contact the group leader.
Varied Venues and Times (Course dependent)
Weekly Golf has resumed! – most Monday Mornings
Summer Golf is back! – Monthly Outings from April to October, usually the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Play is casual – no club membership, no handicap, no competition, no obligation to participate regularly.
Weekly Golf – A small group play a variety of local courses, usually on Monday mornings, weather permitting and excluding bank holidays. Arrangements are made on Sunday evening via WhatsApp. If it’s raining on Monday, we may play later in the week. The course dictates the time of play and can vary week to week. We move from course to course ensuring we are appropriately challenged and interested.
Summer Golf – A larger group, which goes further afield each month from April to October, usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month and often enjoying lunch in the Clubhouse after play.
From September – ONLINE CLASSES
A new group and a new opportunity to learn to speak Irish. For absolute beginners and anyone else of any ability. Classes are on Zoom at present. Please contact Group Leader Keith Ineson for further details. All are welcome.
St John’s Hall Dromara – Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 pm – Recommenced.
KARATE FOR THE MORE MATURE
- No previous experience needed.
- Train at any level including absolute beginners.
- Only light contact between participants (you won’t be beating each other up!)
- Excellent physical exercise.
- Encourages stamina and flexibility.
- Exercise is good for mental health.
The Group Leader is a third Dan Black Belt, an experienced instructor and a qualified international referee for karate.
What does Dan black belt mean?
Although the dan system is distinctly Japanese, it has been adopted by many other martial arts styles. The dan system and the well-known symbol of a black belt have been absorbed into common usage to represent a person with above-average or highly trained skills in a particular discipline.
Dan means that you have passed the preliminary learning stages and proven yourself worthy for the higher learning.
They say a black belt is just a white belt who didn’t give up.
Varied Venues – Varied days, Varied times
Restarting with caution and within guidelines.
We are beginning some visits with limited numbers, no car sharing, and at outdoor venues.
Enjoy day trips out with friends to various venues of interest, usually on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Transport to these events is by means of public transport, car sharing or Lisburn City Council minibus service. Previous destinations include – Queen’s University, historic Titanic dock area boat cruise, Coca Cola factory, Crumlin Gaol, the Ulster Hall, back stage at the Belfast Opera House, Festival of Light at Mount Stewart, Ballance House, Ulster American Folk Park, Ballywalter House, Lissan House. But don’t just read about it – be a part of it!
Barry Gallery Downshire Centre – 2nd & 4th Fridays, 2:00 pm
No, you do not have to be an experienced singer or previous choir member! You do not need to be a great singer or have an ability to read music! The main qualification for joining our singing group is a love of singing and an enthusiasm to join similarly minded friends in having a great time through exercising the vocal chords. So why not come along and join in the fun?
Currently SuspendedWe are lucky to have a number of National Trust properties within Northern Ireland including historic industrial properties and grand houses, many with landscaped gardens and extensive walking trails. Our National Trust group mainly visits them when particular events, fairs, markets, concerts etc. are taking place.
We also enjoy the natural cycle taking place in the gardens with the arrival of bluebells, daffodils and the blossom and fall of the leaves. Anyone can join us and pay on entry, but many of our members are also members of the National Trust and enjoy free entry.
Hillsborough Village Community Centre – Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Currently Suspended, hoping to restart in September
For those who always wanted to have a go at painting but who neither had the time nor the opportunity to exercise their creative flare! This is a fantastic chance to join a small group of enthusiastic members who, first and foremost, want their painting to be fun and enjoyable. From beginner to the more experienced – everyone can enjoy two hours of experimenting, creating, chatting and drinking coffee! There is always a more experienced member on hand to guide the budding artist in the right direction. Everyone’s output is valued, so come along and have a go …after all, where else can you get coffee, craic and a biscuit for only £1?!
Varied Venues – Wednesdays, 2:00 pm
A fairly recent addition to our activity list. If you have a digital camera whose control setting always sits at “AUTO” and you have always wondered what the other settings could do to improve or expand your photographic results then this is the group for you. This is a self help group where you will be encouraged to experiment and take control of the camera settings. Discussions and practical sessions will also aim to improve the creative aspect of subject composition and camera angles.
Lisburn Racquets Club, Belfast Road – 1st Thurs ea month, 2:00 pm
This is a great way to:
1. forge new friendships
2. keep the little grey cells exercised and alert
3. expand and improve linguistic skills
Scrabble Group members meet in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to enjoy friendships and share knowledge through Scrabble. You most definitely do not need to be an expert wordsmith! Minimum requirements Scrabble group members must have – a general love of the English language and a determination to enjoy life to the full through friendship and convivial conversation!
Volunteer Member’s Homes – Tuesdays, 10:30 am
If you have an interest in sewing, or needlework in general, then come along to our Sewing Group on Tuesdays for two hours of satisfying craftwork, lots of tea and great chat! Members are always willing to help with or demonstrate sewing techniques and skills. This is a very friendly, informal, easy going group – so don’t be shy about coming along to swell our ranks.
Coach Snooker Club, Hillsborough – Tuesdays, 7:30 pm
Our Snooker Group meets every Tuesday at the Coach Club, 41 Old Coach Road, Hillsborough. Contact the Group Leader at one of our monthly meetings for further details.
Note:- There are places available – but we will still expect you to cue!
On Summer Hiatus, resuming September, Weekly meetings on Zoom
Beginners’ Spanish classes have commenced, currently on Zoom. There are two Sessions: Monday, at 7.30pm, Wednesday at 2.30pm.
LaganView Enterprise Centre, Lisburn – Mondays, 10:30 am Mixed Ability
New Classes start in September at Laganview Enterprise Centre. Size limit of 15 per class, continuing with Covid precautions.
Classes 1 (10:30am) & 2 (12 – 1pm) are fully booked for September, but a waiting list is active for a possible 3rd class. Contact group leaders to be added to the waiting list.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion,” as this form of exercise is known to have great value in promoting the health of both body and mind.
Varied Venues – Varied days, Varied times
For those who enjoy going to the theatre, or to shows, plays, musicals, concerts, etc. Venues vary but are mainly centred on theatres in Belfast or at Lagan Valley Arts’ Centre in Lisburn. Advance booking is essential so that we can organise block seating and, at times, negotiate group discounts! Forthcoming events are advertised in the monthly LU3A newsletter and further details are provided at monthly meetings. Seats can be booked by payment at monthly meetings or by post. Everyone is most welcome.
Varied Venues – Alternate Mondays, 10:15 am – Recommenced
There are few things more enjoyable than a short stroll of a mile or so followed by a cup of refreshing tea or coffee and some stimulating conversation at a convenient coffee shop! The walks are organised by volunteer members and programmes are drawn up in advance covering 6 to 8 weeks. Walks are scheduled to start at 10.15 a.m. and finish in good time so that members can be home for lunch. The Strollers enjoy and share the delights of the countryside throughout the four seasons of the year. Details of the walks are being sent to participants via email or WhatsApp.
Please contact the Group Leader if you wish to join.
Varied Venues – 3rd Sat of month, 2:00 pm – Recommenced
A group for those who enjoy the great outdoors in any weather! Walks are organised by volunteer members and are approximately 5 miles in duration. Terrain is generally flat with occasional hills; and walking surfaces vary from paved pathway to rough track. In accordance with the U3A Personal Accident Insurance policy, members take responsibility for their own care, safety and equipment and follow the advice of the walk leader to minimise risks to themselves and to others in the group.
Varied Venues – Every Monday, 10:00 am – Recommenced
A group for those who enjoy the great outdoors in any weather! Walks are organised by volunteer members and are approximately 5 miles in duration. Terrain is generally flat with occasional hills; and walking surfaces vary from paved pathway to rough track. Refreshments are venue dependent and are either in the form of packed lunch or local coffee shop produce.
Varied Venues – Monday monthly, 10:00 am
No proposed walks planned at present but they will possibly resume by September.
A group for those who enjoy walking in the mountains but who do not necessarily want to tackle the mountain peaks! Walks around the lower mountain slopes extend to 4-5 miles and are usually centred in the Mourne Mountains. The terrain is mixed and the ground underfoot variable. Walkers should expect to encounter – at some point – boggy conditions, rocks and rocky ground, and occasional steep ascents/descents. A sensible approach to health and safety is required. Appropriate waterproof clothing and proper walking boots are essential; whilst walking poles and gaiters are recommended. Walks are volunteer led.
Varied Venues – Monday monthly, 09:30 am – Recommenced.
A group for those who enjoy and who can endure more challenging physical activity. Walks extend to 4-5miles and are generally centred in the Mourne Mountains. The terrain is mixed and the ground underfoot variable. Walkers should expect to encounter at some point – boggy conditions, rocks and rocky ground, and occasional steep ascents/descents. A sensible approach to health and safety is required – Appropriate waterproof clothing and proper walking boots are essential; whilst walking poles and gaiters are recommended. Walks are planned and led by an experienced mountain walker.
Recommencing Wednesday 1st Sept, 2021. We are limited to 15 people in the hall at present to enable social distancing, so both classes are full at the moment. However, anyone wishing to join Yoga classes should contact the group leader to be placed on a waiting list. We wait to see how rules and restrictions evolve in the coming weeks.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. It consists of postures designed to increase strength flexibility balance and breathing.
A place, day and time that suits
Is the one thing that you are interested in, or have expertise and experience of, missing from the list? Is the activity one that you could organise, lead and share with LU3A members? This is your opportunity to participate, lead and play an active role in bringing something new to our Lisburn U3A.
Contact the Group Leader Convener – firstname.lastname@example.org