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
Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022


Update on Learning with Norwich WEA 

As we - fingers crossed! - move towards our usual  face-to-face  programme in the Autumn of 2021, we'd like to thank all our students who have 

The Spring programme for 2022 is now  under way and it is  great to see old friends and new students in a face to face class again.


Your safety at the King’s Centre:

All classes will be in the large Conference Room 2, well ventilated and with a social distance of 1 metre and the wearing of masks will be encouraged .    One of the Norwich Branch committee will be there to take a NHS ‘Test and Trace’ log of all those attending.   Of course requirements at the Kings are provisional and there may be fewer restrictions or, worst case, a reinstatement of stricter restrictions.  We will keep all enrolled students up to date with requirements.


Spring Programme 2022 

Most of the spring programme is now confirmed and bookings are still open;.  Details can be found under 'Courses' which will be updated as necessary - unfortunately we have had to cancel two Zoom courses as there were insufficient numbers signed up; perhaps wer are all  zoomed-out after 18 months of Covid restrictions!   Just a reminder, though, that we need interested students to sign up early as courses are cancelled about a week before the first of the sessions if numbers are low  (necessary to be fair to tutors who put a lot of effort into preparing courses for us).    You can also find courses for all of the region - as well as nationally - by going to the WEA enrolment site.   I

If you prefer to book by telephone - 0300 303 3464 (local rate)  - make sure you have course details and your credit/debit card  to hand

WEA in Norwich Norfolk, Contact Details:

01603 629 557

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