Bournemouth U3A Social Events

What else are we up to..

Petanque (or Boules - Boules provided) for beginners and improvers every Wednesday from 14.00 - 16.00 at Muscliff Park Petanque Club, Shillingstone Drive, BH9 3LR   Contact Chris Chubb on 01202 425063 for further details. 

£1.00 per session, waived if a member of the club (£20 per annum). Shoes with toe covering must be worn. 

Are there any members who would like to meet up at local (day fishable) waters to enjoy some friendly company and competition (not too serious though)? These days to be held every 3 - 4 weeks during the Summer/Autumn term when hopefully finer weather prevails.  If interested please contact Chris Williams on 01202 577041 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. Tight lines.

Julie and Anita invite you to join them for coffee and a chat - open to all members - from 10.30 - 12.00.

Tuesday 8th October - Beales Department Store, Bournemouth, (5th Floor Restaurant)

Wednesday 13th November - Elstead Hotel, Knyveton Road, (off Derby Road), Bournemouth

Christmas Lunch Thursday 12th December. Once again we are hoping to get together on a table at the annual Christmas Lunch (Queens Hotel, Meyrick Road, this year). Just put "Coffee Club" on the application form where it asks if you want to sit at a specific table.

Please let us know if you are coming to a meeting by phoning the Office (01202 420700) or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and leaving your name and phone number.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


The holiday is based in the spa town of Montecatini Termeand is ideal for exploring nearby cities such as Florence and Lucca. As previous years, we are staying in the family run 4 star Torretta hotel.  We can be sure of excellent service and delicious meals.

During the 1st week, excursions are planned to Siena and Volterra. A garden visit to Villa Torregiani, followed by a typical Tuscan lunch in the medieval hilltop town of San Gennaro.

The highlight of the second week will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci. We plan to trace the footsteps of this Renaissance genius by visiting Vinci, his birth place and the Leonardini Museum, dedicated to his life and work. Also included, will be an opportunity to taste local wines and typical Tuscan food.

For garden lovers, we shall be returning to Villa Reale di Marlia. A truly beautiful garden, steeped in history. Some of the group are planning a painting session in the grounds. A visit to the wine growing area of Montecarlo and its hilltop village is a must. Another chance to enjoy a wine tasting lunch and a visit to the medieval castle.  As previous years, we have included many opportunities to explore, relax, socialise and have FUN!

The 2019 is now fully booked but another is planned for 2020. If you are interested, then contact Margaret Ronchetti c/o the office on 01202 420700


The U3A Lunch Club is open to all members and meets several times in the year. Each time that we visit a restaurant, we have the opportunity to sample a particular cuisine at a reasonable price, as well as to meet old and new friends. 

Both restaurants that we will visit this autumn are easily accessible by bus, but parking nearby is limited.

Tuesday, 15th October, we plan to return to Valentino on perhaps a farewell visit. This Italian restaurant, styled like a conservatory, is conveniently located near the Square (Exeter Road, Bourne-mouth BH2 5AF). It is run by its Calabrian owner who offers a range of main dishes as well as tempting starters and delicious desserts. (www.valentinobournemouth@ntlworld,com) 

Wednesday, 6th November, we lunch at Thai’s Smile, a simple restaurant with authentic food at 674 Christchurch Road, Boscombe (BH7 6BT. It serves a two-course set lunch with a choice of starters and either a curry or stir fry dish for main course.(

To book, please either email Pamela at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Joyce at 01202 729 203. Be sure to leave your name and phone number so we may contact you in case of cancellation. Spaces are limited at these restaurants so do contact us early to reserve your place and be good enough to let us know if you need to cancel

You may arrive for lunch any time between 12 noon and 1pm.

To book your place please email Pamela Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Joyce Bicknell on 01202 729203 as soon as possible as space may be limited. Please let us know if you need to cancel.




After 3 years at The Cumberland Hotel, this year we move to The Queens Hotel, Meyrick Road. At about 200 metres from The Lansdowne, this offers very convenient access by both bus and by car.

Full details of the menu and a booking form will be in the September Newsletter. But don't forget to book the date in your diaries!