WELCOME TO ILKLEY & DISTRICT U3A

What is Ilkley & District U3A?

The U3A is a UK-wide movement which brings together people - usually past the years of full time work and/or raising a family - who wish to take part in a range of stimulating activities to keep their minds and bodies active.  The U3A focuses on enjoyment not qualifications and on doing things together rather than alone. 

Ilkley & District U3A was founded in 1997 and is now one of the largest in Yorkshire with over 1600 members and more than 120 interest groups. In addition, we organise a summer programme, one off study days, and Saturday talks. 

Ilkley & District U3A belongs to WestNet, a group of local U3As which also includes Bradford, Keighley, Craven and Settle. As long as spaces are available, members of one U3A within WestNet can take part in the activities of any of the others.

Our parent organisation is the national charity known as the Third Age Trust, which oversees the activities of over 1,000 U3As like ours throughout the UK.

Click here to see which U3A members recently received an award.

Interested in joining an activity group?

Our groups cater for a wide range of interests and ability levels.  New ones are being formed all the time and we are always keen to hear about new ideas for groups.  Most activities take place on weekdays, at different times and in different locations.  There’s lots going on, so it is very likely you’ll find something of interest at a place and time convenient for you.   You can join one group or many – it’s up to you.  Please note some popular groups have waiting lists. 

A list of current groups can be viewed by clicking on the GROUPS tab at the top of this page.  You can join a group once you have completed a membership application and paid the annual membership fee of £13.50 per person.  Our membership year begins on 01 August and ends on 31 July.  You can enrol at any time by clicking here.

                                                                                                          (The picture shows our Architecture group in Leeds)

Membership Eligibility

We welcome anyone who is free to take part in activities during the day and who can travel to our venues, which are located in and around Ilkley. 

Many of our members, but by no means all, live in and around Ilkley and the neighbouring towns. 

Whilst there is no upper or lower age limit, a typical member is an older person who is no longer in full time work.  We are a volunteer-led charity in which everyone is encouraged to help in any way they can. 


Forthcoming Events






Christmas Celebratory Meeting

15th December 10am Clarke Foley Centre

Our Saturday morning meeting in December will be a U3A Christmas celebration with mulled wine, mince pies, teas, coffee and seasonal music and poetry provided by some of our talented members.  We look forward to welcoming you and getting Christmas off to a merry start.


        Autumn leaves at the Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

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