Festival 2024

Join us for u3a Festival 24

The u3a movement is holding its first ever Festival in 2024, 18 - 20 July, where members will be running a wide variety of activities - talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops which will make this u3a national festival something to remember.

How can I take part?


u3a Festival 24 will take place in the beautiful city of York over 3 days and will be held at the University of York based around their exhibition centre.

Tickets are now available to be part of the Festival.  There are 5 options so you can book for the whole 3 days, or for Thursday only, Friday from 9 – 6pm, Friday from 9am – 11pm or for Saturday.   Please read all the options and just book for what you need to allow space for as many members as possible:

How much are tickets?

  • Day 1, Thursday 18 July - £25 including buffet supper
  • Day 2, Friday 19 July - £10 for the full day
  • Day 3, Saturday 20 July - £5 for a half day
  • Full festival to include all 3 days and a buffet supper on Day 1 - £35

Book your accommodation

The accommodation on campus is now fully booked. York is a major tourist city and there is lots of alternative accommodation in the southeast of the city where the university is situated. Online booking agents have Airbnb options available together with a range of guest houses and hotels across the price range.


There is plenty of parking available at the university, including a number of disabled parking spaces. The nearest car park for the festival is located off Newton Way. 

Festival Programme

Download our taster program and guide to learn more about the amazing activities happening each day.

u3a Festival Programme.pdf (166.37 KB)

Full details and the option to book sessions will be published on the website in the coming weeks.

The complete music and sports program will be available shortly.

Festival updates

Keep up to date with the latest Festival 24 news by signing up to our u3a Friends Newsletter

Once signed up, you'll need to update your preferences to receive our monthly Festival updates.

We'll also post regular updates on our social media channels.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved or have a query about the festival please get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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