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The U3A is all about its groups. Each group is led by a Group Leader (who is not necessarily an instructor),  to provide interest and enjoyment to its members. Unfortunately, during the Covid crises, groups had to close down, but as we come out of the pandemic we are pleased to say a number of groups have started up again.

If you are interested in any group, simply click on the list below for details, then contact the Group Leader to arrange to meet. Remember, you must be a member of the U3A to join a group. To join, go to the Join Us tab above.

If you would like to run a group, please read the GL information here, and inform the Group Coordinator here.

And, if you have an idea for a group, please contact us here.

Terry S - GL

Amblers meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from late September to Mid May.

The walks last between 2 & 3 hrs with breaks for drinks of water & taking pictures of the beautiful countryside.


James I - GL

Astronomy is the study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earth's atmosphere. 

We will start with the basics - even just using our eyes to identify the planets and basic constellations, before moving on to the deeper stuff.

No equipment is necessary, though even a pair of binoculars will allow you to see new things!


Joanne P, Monika O - GL

We are always pleased to see new and returning players whether  you haven’t played since your school days or have never played before and are keen to see if Badminton is for you. With this in mind I’d love to hear from you or even more pleased for you to join us on Friday morning.


Pam O  - GL

Reading is a solitary activity but when a book has moved or stimulated you it's natural to want to discuss it with someone else. A reading group gives you that opportunity. Also, a group encourages you to think a bit more about the books you read - why you like some, hate others. 


Trevor P  - GL

 Our bowls group meet every Monday at 13.30.

Why not come along for a bit of gentle exercise in the  sun?


Julie R  - GL

 We meet every Wednesday in the café area of the Pensionistas 


Kathy P - GL

Canasta (Spanish for "basket") is a card game of the rummy family of games. Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards.


Lynda G - GL

It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guranteed.

We welcome new members who enjoy singing a wide range of music, from musical shows to carols.  It is not essential to be able to read music, our musical director will help you find your correct vocal range (Soprano, Alto,Tenor or Base) and he ensures that rehearsals are fun!


Angela T - GL
New combined crafts & yarns group
All yarn crafts : knitting, crochet, macrame, felting etc, plus any other crafts that members want to bring along to work on. We will all be expected to share skills for newbies, if needed.  We could do specific workshops if requested/ required.

Anja H - GL

Flamenco dancing is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.

If YOU would like to be emotionally intense and stamp your feet, why not get that proud carriage ready and register your interest? 


Anthony S - GL

Are you interested in gardening but don't have a garden?

Would you like to bring colour to your patio or terrace?

GROUP OUTLINE: ‘Gardening gone to pot’/container gardening in a Mediterranean climate.


We play at Oliva Nova Golf on a Wednesday afternoon around 3-4 pm the cost will be 10 euros per person for two hours tuition/ play on their short course only. Read More...

Steve H - GL

The main purpose of the group will be to join together to improve our playing ability, learn from others in the group and have some fun!!!


Robert S - GL

The activity of the group is to further our understanding and appreciation of art through an illustrated talk from the leader and with contributions from the group. All are welcome; whether expert or not come and join in the conversation, find out more about the wonderful and surprising world of art


Lynne P - GL

If you'd like some gentle exercise to foot-tapping music in a friendly environment, this could be for you!


Michael P- GL

During the new season,  I would like to offer you the opportunity to meet up with other U3A members for a Menú del Día on a Thursday in one of the local restaurants.  


Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground


Terry C - GL

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to resume the U3A monthly quiz.
Information and registration form including menu choices are now on our group page.


We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday for a chance to practice our skills, playing an instrument and singing along!


Every second Wednesday we meet for a Menu del Dia at a local restaurant and practise speaking Spanish usually during the Main Course.  Our aim is to build our confidence in the Spanish language with the help of a Topic plus some phrases and vocabulary which are sent out beforehand so that we can prepare ourselves a little.  The main focus of the group is to have fun whilst speaking Spanish in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.


Mike T - GL

Walking football is a form of the beautiful game designed for those of more advanced years who thought their footballing careers were over! We want players to have fun and get some worthwhile exercise at the same time.  As the name implies, running is not allowed and there will be minimal contact. It’s a game of skill, not physicality!

The group is aimed at all ages and abilities, male and female, and everyone is welcome.



Sue A - GL (Fri) and Susan M - FL (Mon)

Two Yoga groups meet on Monday and Friday morning for some gentle exercise and stretches. Come and join us for some basic Yoga exercises (often chair yoga), breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and unlimited advice and help on the subject of yoga.


Pauline H - GL

We are a group of between 8 to 12 people who are reasonably happy to try to speak Spanish. We are eager to improve our conversational skills, our grammar and our use of Spanish idioms.

Read more.

John S - GL

We are a friendly group meeting on Tuesday mornings helping each other to improve our Spanish.

Read more.

Proposed new groups and previous groups which you might be interested in:

Proposed new groups – and some which are not currently running – are listed here. For each, we need a handful of interested members AND a group leader in order for a group to start.
If you are interested in any of these, please email the Group Coordinator.

Could YOU be a Group Leader with the U3A?

The Oliva U3A is always looking for new ideas for groups or activities. If you have a hobby, interest, or knowledge, skills or a qualification that you would like to share with you fellow members please get in touch with the Group Coordinator to discuss options. 

Every group must have a Group Leader. If you are interested in becoming a Group Leader, please read the information here.

Group meetings are help at various locations around Olive. For a full list, click here.

Please Note: All Group leaders are members of the Oliva U3A and give their time voluntarily to support other members – no remuneration is involved. If we do not have the expertise within a group, we may use paid tutors from outside the U3A.

Interested in joining a new Art group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new Cooking group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new latin American dance group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new Dominos group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new Dress making group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Paul C - GL

We ask a simple question and that is all we wish; Are all fisherman liars or do only liars fish?

William Sherwood Fox

The plans include fishing trip to both the sea and rivers locally.


Interested in joining a new Mahjong group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new metal detecting group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new Modern Jive group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

If you are interested in joining a new padel group, please conact the group coordinator here.

Interested in joining a new Pilates group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Leader required

In this group it doesn't matter what type of camera you use.  If you enjoy taking photographs and want to capture some of the beautiful landscapes, events and activities that go on in and around Oliva then join us.


Interested in joining a new Stand-up paddelboarding group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!

Interested in joining a new Social cycling group? Lovely Autumn rides through the countryside?


We would like to re-start the walking group. 

This very successful group has lost its leader, so if you are interested, please contact the group coordinator HERE!

General Information

  • COVID-19 – All groups operate within current guidelines to ensure as safe an environment as possible for those taking part. If you wish to know any particulars please contact the Group Leader of the group concerned. Inside public buildings we are limited to certain group sizes, depending on the size of the venue.

  • Members taking part in group activities do so entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their own insurance cover.