Learn more about u3a

What is Ilkley & District u3a?

  • The chance to pursue hobbies, interests and discover new ones
  • Getting involved, staying active, having fun
  • Over 1600 members. More than 100 interest groups
  • A summer programme, study days and monthly talks

Ilkley & District u3a was founded in 1997 as part of a UK-wide movement. Our parent body is the Third Age Trust, a national charity. We are managed by a Committee of Trustees (select here for information and contact details).

Any queries please email

What is the cost of membership?

  • Costs are covered by an annual subscription (currently £15) payable on 1st August.
  • Our local u3a has no paid staff and is run for the benefit of members, by its members.
  • The subscription includes a fee (currently £4) paid to our parent body. This covers the cost of a quarterly magazine posted to your home address, plus items such as insurance cover for u3a events.
  • Attendance at talks, events and groups only incur charges to cover costs such as refreshments and venue hire.

Join an activity group

Our groups cater for a wide range of interests and ability levels. New ones are formed all the time and we are always keen to hear new ideas for groups. Join one group or many – it’s up to you although some popular groups have waiting lists.


Select these links for more information:


Select or click here to enquire about vacancies on a group before committing to membership or check the Group Description page using the buttons above.

Membership Eligibility

Many of our members, but by no means all, live in Ilkley, Otley & adjoining areas.  

Whilst there is no upper or lower age limit, a typical member is not in full time work. We are a volunteer-led charity, members being encouraged to help in any way they can.

We have reciprocal membership arrangements with 3 other local u3a groups.  Select here for more information.

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