U3A Oliva



General Information

  • Update:  The 2021-22 U3A year starts on 01 September.  We are delighted that most of our groups are able to re-start now, and a small number will have delayed start dates. The timetables for MOST of our groups are confirmed, but we are still awaiting venue confirmation for the remainder. Check the relevant group pages for details.

  • If you are interested in joining any groups, please visit the pages of each group and email their Group Leaders to register your interest.  

  • If you are not presently a U3A Oliva member you can join here.

  • 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.

  • Non-U3A members can attend a group (subject to numbers etc.) to try out the activity no more than twice before needing to register as a member of the U3A. Please contact the Group Leader in the first instance.

  • Group activities are for Oliva U3A members only. If you wish to take a friend or family member to a meeting or session, please ask the group leader beforehand.

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

  • Click below on a group name for a short description and a further link to ‘Read More’. If you have any questions about any particular group please contact the Group Leader directly by email.

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.


Maureen T - GL

Materials provided, all levels catered for. Life drawing group also available if there is sufficient interest.

There is a 5€/hour to cover the tutor and studio expenses. Session are on Wednesdays, with a second group now starting on Tuesdays too.



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.


Gill and Howard R - GL

Ballroom Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get in shape and stay fit. Dancing has many positive health benefits and is a wonderful activity that will benefit your mind, body, and spirit. Dancing will improve your health and fitness, mental acuity, and social connections. Dancing is a great social activity and dancing with friends can contribute to high self-esteem, increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook. Dancing reduces stress and tension, so over time one can feel an overall sense of well-being. Come along and give it a try. No previous experience is necessary.


Amanda T  - GL

Bee keeping is a fascinating hobby, with untold benefits to humans, as well as being rewarding!


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. 


Julie R  - GL

Contract bridge, or simply bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors.


Kathy P  - GL

We are an extremely friendly group, and Canasta is easy to play. If you have played before you will be very welcome and if not then you can learn easily.


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.

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

This group, new to Oliva U3A, will begin in March 2020. The plans include fishing trip to both the sea and rivers locally.


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.


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!!!


Ann G  - GL

We are hoping to cover a number of events from the watershed that was World War One to the collapse of Communism in 1989. The first two meetings have resulted in excellent discussion and contributions and the actual monthly topics are flexible depending on interest.


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


Ann H - GL

From 21st November 2019 there will be an extra history group on the 3rd Thursdays of each month to deal specifically with Spain from 1930-1975, embracing the Spanish Civil War as requested by some of the members.


Markus S - GL

This is a new group set up to explore keyboard palying at all levels. It is held in a private home, so please email the Group Leader regarding attending.


Trevor P - GL

Lawn bowling held weekly on Monday afternoons.

For those who would like coaching, especially those who are new to the game, we will give guidance on techniques and etiquette of the game.


Lynne P - GL

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


Elaine C - GL

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


Gerry G GL

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 cochonnet or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground. Please come along and watch or 'try'.

Please contact the Group Leader before attending for the first time.



Lynne P - GL

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.


Markus S - GL

After a time of being a group with only few members we are now pleased to have grown to a reasonable group of different musicians singing and playing different instruments.

The main purpose is to have fun together because it is a special experience to make music in a friendly group.


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

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.


Nancy B - GL

Why not join us for Zumba Gold? Not quite as energetic as the full Zumba, and you can put in as much energy as you wish, and stop and have a breather when needed.

It's a fun way to exercise and if you like dancing you'll really enjoy it.

We have a great instructor, great music (including some fabulous Spanish songs), great routines and do have a great time.


Anne M - GL

This group is designed for new arrivals to Spain or for those of you who have been here a while and just not got round to learning Spanish!


Aad - GL

We have an excellent, native Spanish teacher. There is one lesson of 1.5 hours on Mondays starting at 10.15. Class is limited to 10 members. The approach is structured. We do grammar, reading, comprehension, conversation and homework!

Read more.

Anne M - GL

James. our instructor,  being an  expat himself, is all  too familiar with the frustrations that Spanish bureaucracy can bring us – these items are frequently covered in the lessons. He has made all the mistakes already (asking the waiter for a beso instead of a vaso!!) and can help you to avoid them.

Read more.

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.

Normally we put on an end-of-year Summer Fayre each June where the groups have an opportunity to display their activities over the previous twelve months. 
Due to the disruption of our activities by the Covid-19 pandemic, our next Fayre will be in 2022.

Proposed new groups or groups awaiting group leader:

Proposed new groups – and some which are not currently running – are listed at 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.

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

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

Interested in joining a new Mahjong 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!

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!

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!