About the WEA

The Workers Educational Association started in 1903 to provide access to learning for working people when educational opportunity was limited. Today it is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. The WEA operates at local, regional and national levels through regional offices and volunteer-led branches like the Norwich branch.

We aim to provide friendly, informal and enjoyable courses with expert tutors. There is no need to have prior knowledge of the course subject nor do you need to have any academic qualifications. In fact, most people come on courses to explore new ideas and topics. There are no exams or tests!

See our programme of Courses and Day Schools.


Our branch is run are run by a local committee of volunteers, listed below. The committee decides on the annual programme, sorts out venues and helps to ensure that courses run smoothly for tutors and members.

Current Programme

  • the Norwich Branch brochures can be found in the carousels provided by Creative Arts East at various locations around the city – including the Forum, Assembly House and other arts venues
  • the annual County brochures for the whole of Norfolk – including Norwich – are also in the carousels from July
  • brochures are also available at  The King’s Centre in King Street
  • you can call Annette on 01603 629557 if you require a posted copy.


Half Term Break

There are no WEA classes during school half terms. In ten-week courses, the break will be after your fifth session.

Committee for the Norwich Branch

Chair Wilson Graham
Deputy Chair Robin Purnell
Treasurer Bridget Buttinger
Secretary Carole Green
Deputy Sec Diana Bulman
Course Sec Jane Harris
Day School Sec Annette Conn
Website Kay Sanderson

Become a WEA Tutor

We are always interested in hearing from potential tutors.  You can have a preliminary chat with one of the committee members and/or contact the Regional Office in Cambridge:

More information

For more information about the National and Regional WEA please follow the links:


Norwich Branch courses
On-line delivery Spring term 2021

We are pleased to tell you that Norwich Branch WEA will  continue to offer a programme of short and longer on-line courses during the Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.  Many of our wonderful tutors have undertaken professional training to develop their courses as inter-active and online.  For a preview of proposed course see under courses on this website.  

Update on Learning with Norwich WEA during the Covid-19 pandemic

I hope you have discovered that both National and Norwich Branch WEA courses continue to be offered online and there are a large range of courses available to join. These can be booked online or by telephone, and you will be able to receive them via zoom if you have a lap-top, a PC, a tablet or a smartphone. Courses will still be kept to a sociable level so that you will be able to chat  (virtually) to the tutor and fellow students. All the tutors have been specially trained to teach on-line in order to deliver interesting and engaging classes. 

TO enrol- Note the course identification;  click here to  enrol on-line ; or call 0300 303 3464  Remember to have the course number and payment debit/credit card to hand.  The telephone line can be quite busy just before the start of a new term, so please be patient (or book early!)

Look forward to seeing you - on screen - in the Spring


More information about the 'traditional' WEA programme

The Norwich Branch Committee has regretfully come to the decision to postpone all our face-to-face courses and day schools for Spring and Summer 2021.   It is our hope that the programme we planned - which is full of interesting and new learning - will be available the following academic year 2021/22.  The cancelled 2020 Summer Programme of courses, day schools, and visits, which we had hoped to run in 2021, will once again be deferred until all constraints on meeting inside have been resolved.

Following ongoing discussion with Regional Office we have decided not to offer any face to face options;  if the situation changes we will be very pleased  to return to the Kings Centre and our usual sociable and enjoyable programme of courses and day schools.  we will keep you informed through this website.

Meanwhile - the  Norwich Branch Committee would like to thank all of our students for their enthusiasm and loyalty over many years - and we very much look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future

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01603 629 557

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