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Ilkley & District u3a activities

  • The chance to pursue hobbies, interests and discover new ones
  • Getting involved, staying active, having fun
  • 2,000 members. More than 100 interest groups
  • A summer programme, fitness hub, short courses 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, and we are managed by a Committee of Trustees (select here for information and contact details).

Our members explain why they're glad they joined u3a

Select here to read short testimonials from some of our members who explain why they are glad that they joined u3a. One also put their thoughts in verse - Select here to read it.

Any queries please email

What is the cost of membership?

  • Costs are covered by an annual subscription (currently £15 for full membership, £10 for Associate membership and free for WestNet membership).
  • Our local u3a has no paid staff and is run for the benefit of members, by its members.
  • The full 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 interest 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 here to enquire about vacancies on a group before committing to membership or check the Group Description page using the buttons above.

In addition to ongoing group activities we also seek to provide study days and short courses. More information here.

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 some local u3a groups. Members of other u3a groups are welcome to join as Associate members.  Select here for more information.

Ilkley u3a Disco Group

Disco Group

Ilkley u3a Fitness Hub

Spin Class at the Fitness Hub

Ilkley u3a Northern Towns group

Northern Towns Group

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