Welcome to Ilkley Civic Society

We are a local group interested in Ilkley past and present. We meet regularly to help preserve, develop, improve and research features of historic or public interest in Ilkley. We seek to promote high standards of planning and architecture and educate the public in geography, history, natural history and architecture. We also work with local schools and welcome people sharing information and memories about Ilkley. We reply to all enquiries. Come along to one of our public meetings or guided heritage walks or talks and find out more. Everyone welcome.


For our response to the Government Planning White Paper please click:  PLANNING_WHITE_PAPER_RESPONSE_NOVEMBER_2020_SUMMARY.pdf

Civic Society Meetings


The Society's AGM will be held by Zoom on Thursday 28 January at 7.30 pm

After the AGM there will be an illustrated talk by NEIL STEVENS on Trees in Ilkley 

If you wish to take part, please register with Chair Helen Kidman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Friends of Ilkley Cemetery activities

The Friends help to keep the cemetery neat and tidy. Our main activities involve simple gardening jobs including bulb planting, leaf clearing, tidying graves as well as litterpicking.


The Friends of Ilkley Cemetery meet on some Tuesday afternoons at 2pm at the Beanlands Parade entrance.  

Planned meeting dates are weather dependent and may also be affected by changes in Covid-19 social distancing and lockdown measures.

So if you would like to join us then please email Jan on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check the latest meeting arrangements.


We can also provide help to family and local historians seeking particular memorials and we hold heritage walks during the summer months.

The cemetery is full of wildlife and we report bat and unusual bird sightings to local wildlife groups.