We keep our cost low as we are a self help group. Our Group Leaders give their services free. The annual Membership Fee is £25 and there is no extra cost for courses. For most courses there are small additional charges to cover incidental expenses.

Open Event
This is held annually in August at Skipton Town Hall.  An opportunity to see the work of the Groups and speak to tutors.  An area is set aside to welcome new members.

Coffee mornings
These are held on the first Saturday of each month from October to June at the Soroptimist's Rooms in Otley Street, Skipton, from 10 to 11.30am. These are well attended, both for the friendly social scene and the fine cakes.

Published twice a year (Spring and Summer), it contains reports, photographs and articles of interest to members.
It relies upon submitted material, so please send your articles & images to

Craven U3A Notices
This is a monthly news email distributed by Derek Woolley.

We are based in Skipton but have members attending from as far as Dent and Leeds.

The University of the Third Age is a worldwide association for men and women of the Third Age who believe that there is no age limit to learning and creative activity and that keeping a lively mind and healthy body is essential to mental and physical well-being. The U3A started in France in 1972, with the first British U3A opening in Cambridge in 1982. Craven U3A was founded in 1985 as an autonomous branch of the National U3A.

Third Age
There is no lower or upper age limit, but we cater for those retired from full time work.

The University of Life – no qualifications are required – none are given.

Groups and Courses – The year’s programme is available each August at the annual Town Hall Open Day, Skipton library, on the web site and in the Summer Magazine to members. 
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