Founded in 1999, hosting a wide variety of events, walks and talks Founded in 1999, hosting a wide variety of events, walks and talks

The Association was founded in 1999 and has a very active and wide-ranging programme of events. It is one of the most successful university retirement clubs in the UK. You are welcome at the following groups, some are quite large groups of 50 or more; others are smaller groups of 10 to 20.

The Association Newsletter, called Renaissance, is sent to all members three times a year. It includes reports on past activities and information about future events. The latest issue can be viewed via the menu on the left hand side of this screen.

Monthly talks by visiting speakers, some from UEA, are held at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Norwich. Tea, coffee and biscuits, providing time for meeting with former colleagues and friends, follow the talks.

Country walks are organized on a regular basis with a five-mile walk once a month and a shorter two and a half mile walk every two months. For most of the year the walks end at a pub for lunch but in summer a picnic is held in the middle of the walk.

Day trip coach outings are organized in the warmer months. Recent trips were a tour of BBC Broadcasting House in London and a visit to Hampton Court Palace and gardens.

Holidays are organized twice a year with a walking holiday in the autumn and a half board hotel holiday in early summer. Recent walking holidays have been based in Abingworth on the South Downs and Dolgellau in Snowdonia. Recent early summer holidays have been in Bournemouth and Guisborough.

The Art Group meets at the Pavilion in Colney Lane. This is a hands on group who work on their own art with encouragement by a local artist.

The Book Group meets monthly in the Pavilion to discuss the book of the month chosen from a ballot of members' suggestions.

The Film Group views a film at Cinema City in Norwich, and meets afterwards in the café.

Games afternoons are held monthly in the Pavilion including card and board games, with outdoor croquet in the summer.

The Garden Group has a meeting every two months. There are talks in the winter, visits to local gardens and member’s gardens in the summer. An overnight visit was made to Sissinghurst Castle, Knole Park and Hever Castle in 2016.

The History Group meets occasionally at an historic building in Norwich or Norfolk usually with a guide. Recent tours included King Street, Norwich and the Museum of the Broads at Stalham.

The Luncheon Group meets regularly at different pubs and restaurants in Norwich and the surrounding are. 

A new Music Group and a new Knit and Natter Group have started up in 2016.


The annual membership fee includes the Christmas Ploughman’s Lunch held at the Costessey Centre. This is a popular event attended by about 100 members.

For more details please contact us.