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Art group at Ilkley u3a, art activity groupWhat is Ilkley & District u3a?

The u3a enables people – usually in later life – to take part in a range of stimulating activities by getting together to develop old interests or discover new ones. It is about getting involved and having fun - not about qualifications. We now have about 1600 members and well over 100 interest groups (select here to see the full range). We also organise a Summer Programme, one-off Study Days and Saturday Talks.

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

If you would like any further information or have a query, please email

What is the cost of membership?

Our running costs are covered by an annual subscription (currently £15) payable on 1 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, the Third Age Trust. This covers the cost of a quarterly magazine posted to your Home address, plus items such as insurance cover for u3a events.

Attendance at any of our regular talks, Summer programme events or activity groups will 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 being formed all the time and we are always keen to hear about new ideas for groups. You can join one group or many – it’s up to you.  Please note some popular groups have waiting lists.


Select or click on the following links to see our range of Groups:


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 and around Ilkley and the neighbouring towns. 

Whilst there is no upper or lower age limit, a typical member is no longer in full time work.  We are a volunteer-led charity with members being encouraged to help in any way they can.

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