Outdoor Activities


Our cycling group is up-and-riding every Tuesday. See Fitness & Wellbeing.

Days Out

Leaders: Barbara Bliss & Denise Randall

Thursday 2 May — Much Ado about Nothing at the Watermill Theatre

The Theatre and  Days Out groups have joined together and arranged a theatre outing to the Watermill Theatre in Newbury to see the critically acclaimed Watermill Ensemble sashay into the Golden Age of Hollywood with a glamorous new take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado about Nothing.

Lose yourself in the music of this golden era with a 1940’s inspired soundscape, played live by an accomplished ensemble cast of actor musicians.

Lunch is included, which will be served before the 2.30 pm matinee in the theatre’s riverside restaurant. The cost of the outing is £80.00 per person, including the ticket, coach, and lunch.

For more information or if you would like to book, please contact Sharon Cavendish at hgsu3atheatre@gmail.com.

Contact groupsorg@hgsu3a.uk if you want to be added to the group’s mailing list.

Growing for Pleasure

Leader: Eric Hess

Vegetable plot with greenhouse

Join Eric for advice on how to get the best out of your vegetable garden or allotment. Eric has a background working in agriculture abroad. After he returned to the UK he established a Horticultural Project for Adults with Learning Difficulties, focusing on growing and selling vegetables.

Learn about growing winter vegetables, preparing for the spring, dealing with pests, and sowing. Although the main focus is on vegetables, Eric will also try to answer other questions you might have related to gardening.

Eric also maintains a blog dedicated to vegetable growing.

  • Location: Gordon Road Allotments, London N3 1EL  — off Elm Park Road and Nether Street near Finchley Central Station

History and Heritage Outings

Man in glasses and tieMark King, a professional Blue Badge tourist guide, has kindly offered to share some of London’s remarkable history, heritage, and current happenings with our u3a. He is a former chair and Life Fellow of the British Guild of Tourist Guides. Author of The Blue Badge Guide’s London Quiz Book, published in 2016 by The History Press, he acted as consulting editor for other books in the series covering Oxford, Liverpool, and Edinburgh.

In the course of lengthy and typically enthusiastic research for his book, his long-suffering family felt it necessary to bring in a house rule limiting him to ‘Three Facts Per Meal’. Mark tells us ‘suffice it to say that this programme of tours and visits to be organised for HGS U3A will be entertaining, unusual, and never knowingly under-informed!’

Mark’s outings are advertised in the monthly newsletter sent to all current members on the first of each month.

10 April — Museum of Brands: Discover the evolution from Victorian times through a curator-led presentation, including a focus on Guinness’s ads. Journey through the Time Tunnel to see how consumer culture has changed, reflecting on iconic brands and their impact on society. Book here.

Outdoor Sketching

See Arts & Crafts.

Photography in London

Leaders: Michael Jacobs & Roger Cookson

Members of the photo group enjoying a drink in the open air

We have now resumed outdoor shooting, followed  by sharing our best shots a fortnight later on Zoom. For the foreseeable future, outdoor locations are being chosen where parking is possible to enable the participation of members who don’t want to travel on public transport.

It’s intended to be a fun-oriented group rather than a technocratic, competitive society.

  • When: Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon
  • Frequency: Fortnightly, alternating between outdoor shootings and review sessions.
  • Number of places: 15

Walking Groups

We currently have three walking groups: Chat and Stroll meets fortnightly for a local walk; Walking Wednesdays meets once a month for a gentle walk; Thames Path in London & Other Walks ventures further afield for longer walks twice a month.

Chat and Stroll

Leader: Pauline Drizen

Pauline is a BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in depression, anxiety, and trauma. This group offers a chance to connect, chat, and make friends while exploring new ideas and hobbies. Connecting with others is a feel-good factor, and the schedule is designed not to clash with Arlene’s Walking Wednesdays group.

  • When: Wednesday 1.30–3.00 pm
  • Where: Local walks from Toulous, Northway, NW11 6NY
  • Frequency: Fortnightly (from 17 January)

Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Leader: David Powers

Members of the group at Dr Salter’s Daydream in Rotherhithe (photo: Alan Judes)

Walking is an excellent way to get and keep fit. We try to get into the fresh air away from busy roads, exploring not only the Thames, but London’s canals, waterways, and green spaces. The length of each walk varies, but is generally 5 miles, sometimes longer. We walk at a moderately brisk pace, but not so fast that it’s impossible to talk. In fact, good conversation is one of the many pleasures of this group.

Walks start and end at different places, so participants need to be willing to travel by public transport (or make arrangements for someone else to drop them off and pick them up by car).

We normally stop for coffee after about an hour, and then find a nice pub or restaurant for lunch. Staying for lunch is optional, but most people join in.

  • When: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month throughout the year, except when the leader is away (NO walks in March and April 2024)
  • Time: Walks normally begin at 10.15 am and end around 12.30–1.00 pm (not including travel time)
  • Travel: Instructions are sent to members several days in advance of each walk. Members in the Golders Green area normally travel together from Golders Green station after 9.00 am (time depends on destination). Others join at the start of the walk.

Walking Wednesdays

Leader: Arlene Hyman

A gentle walk held once a month.

The walk will be approximately 2–3 miles , finishing at 12.30 with a coffee break and chance to use toilet facilities.