The new Trust will reinvent the Manor House as a diverse and thriving cultural centre for the benefit of the whole town of Ilkley and its surrounding area, improving the cultural, heritage and educational life of the town and creating a vibrant tourist destination in the process.

The Trust’s aims are as follows:

  • Maximise the ongoing use of the building by local people, families, groups,community organisations and artists of all kinds on a regular basis
  • Reach out to people in Ilkley and the surrounding area who have not previously visited the Manor House
  • Attract visitors and tourists from Bradford, Leeds and beyond, establishing the Manor House as a core element of the Ilkley tourist offer
  • Encourage repeat visits by regularly refreshing what’s on offer

We want to provide useful facilities and services for:

  • Families with children
  • Adults with an interest in the arts and heritage
  • Community groups and organisations
  • Retired people, parents/carers with young children and others looking for daytime activities during the week
  • Schools and colleges
  • Artists, craft makers and people involved in the cultural industries
  • Tourists and day visitors

To make our ambitious plans possible we need to raise a considerable sum of money, so the Trust will be holding many public events to demonstrate plans, gauge interest and launch a fundraising campaign. Working together with the community, the Trust will establish a self-sustaining long-term future for the Ilkley Manor House as a cultural centre. It is a mammoth task and we need your help!

Gifts to the Ilkley Manor House Trust will support the campaign to redevelop the building for the benefit of the whole community. Gifts to The Friends will help support the existing Friends programme of talks and events. See the Future Plans section for a phased breakdown of our programme to reinvent the Manor House.

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