Winter OTB Newsletter 

Take a look at Outside the Box 2017 latest newsletter. Click here to see a copy.  


The Green Hut  

Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd have recently taken over the The Green Hut Company,  a local producer of Jams and Chutneys. We are really excited to have taken over this fantastic project where our members at Outside the Box Cafe can help to prepare and produce the jams and chutneys , help package and be involved in the monthly Ilkley Real Food Market, which takes place on the 1st Sunday of every month. We will soon be selling these great chutneys and Jams within the cafe so keep an eye out in the new year!



 Our members at Arthouse continue to create fabulous art and crafts. Some of their wonderful work will be on sale at our Christmas Fair on Thursday 8th December (5-7pm at the cafe) and is also on sale at the Ilkley Arts “12 days of Christmas” pop-up shop until 6th December (Unit 3 Back Nelson Road, Ilkley)...hurry though as these unique pieces are selling fast!

Cafe Menu

We have been busy creating a new menu that will be  launched soon...we are sure you will like it! Meantime keep checking in for our special offers and festive promotions ....including waffles, hot chocolate and gingerbread latte.


OTB Works

This new project aims to help our members to progress into paid work with local employers. We already have lots of interest from organisations who are offering part-time jobs, work experience placements and job taster opportunities but are keen to get more employers involved. If you are interested in ‘signing up’ or finding out please contact Jane Sanderson (Employment Support Worker) on 01943 431173 or


New Carers and Companions Service

Our care company, Carers and Companions, have launched a new service to for adults with a learning disability. The service offers care and support to adults with a learning disability helping them to live independently in their homes and to lead active and fulfilled lives out in the community. Delivered by specialist care staff, the service provides flexible and personalised support. For more information please contact Mickala Baker or David Edwards on 01943 609484.


Our festive opening hours

 We hope you can pop and see us over the festive period. Here is a list of opening hours: 


We will be closed on Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing Day

Open bank holiday Tuesday 27th 10.30-2.30pm

Usual opening 9-4pm 28th - 30th Dec

New Year's Eve we will be open 10.30-2.30pm

Closed New Years Day

Open bank holiday Monday 2nd 10.30-2.30pm


 NEW Outside the Box Annual report 2015 now available

We have released our second annual report for Outside the Box, a copy of which can be found here, or pop in the cafe and pick up a paper copy.  



Ilkley Business Awards 2016
Winner of Hospitality Business of the year!



On Friday 12th February, Outside the Box won the Hospitality Business of the Year Award 2016 at the Ilkley Business Awards. This is a fantastic recognition of all the work and contributions of our staff, volunteers, members, customers and other supporters. I, together with my colleague Trustees of the charity, would like to express our congratulations and thanks to you for helping us to secure such a great public recognition of the cafe. The fact that we are not yet 3 years old and given the level of hospitality sector competition here in Ilkley make this an especially impressive achievement. Well done and thank you to all!

Graham Smith

Chair, Trustee