Have you recently moved into Wharfedale?

Do you want to meet new friends and discover what is going on in the local area?


'Carousel' was founded about 14 years ago by a small group of women who were all new to Ilkley. Since then, the group has grown considerably, and continues to welcome newcomers.

Moving to a new area can be daunting, and it isn’t always easy to meet people. For others, who already live here, a change in circumstances may mean that you are now in a position to socialise more and would also like to meet new people.

Carousel organises lots of regular events, including a monthly get together for drinks in a local wine bar or pub. This is generally on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8pm and the location varies. If you are interested in joining in please contact Sue or Mary and we will ensure that someone is looking out to meet and introduce you to everyone.

We also arrange a meal out 'every season'; occasional theatre visits and trips to various Ilkley Festivals. We are always open to new suggestions and ideas!

Our Carousel Book group is also very popular, and its members meet at the Wheatley Inn in Ben Rhydding to discuss a different book each month.


Some of us have been dipping in and out of Carousel for years, knowing that we’ll always be welcome. Different faces turn up for different things; whatever they fancy. Our aim is to make everyone feel part of the group and enjoy the company of new and old faces. We’re very informal. There’s no membership, no agenda and no commitment required. You can come along every month or whenever you feel like a night out!


If you would like to know more about Carousel or any of the above groups or events please contact:
Sue at: sue.carousel@gmail.com or Mary at: mary.carousel@gmail.com  for more details and so that someone can look out for you if you decide to join us.



See you all soon!



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