Roundhay Ukulele Group came into existence in early 2013, when a small bunch of friends began playing the Ukulele together in a kitchen.

At the core of the R.U.G. is the belief that music should be accessible, inclusive and fun. Come along to one of our sessions to find out for yourself how awesome your favourite songs are on the ukulele!

We regularly perform at charity and community events, although there is no obligation to play in public! Please check out our GIGS page for details of our up and coming gigs.

We meet every Wednesday from 8pm-9.30pm at

LIDGETT PARK METHODIST CHURCH HALL (fire door entrance off main car park)

Lidgett Place

Leeds LS8 1HS


The cost is £6 for the session. Sheet music is provided. Tea and coffee available for a small cost before the session (from 7:30pm)

The sessions are suitable for learners – complete beginners may benefit from a private lesson first: please contact jen@bighooha.co.uk for more information or visit the INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS page. Ukuleles are available to borrow on the night with prior arrangement.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


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  1. Derrick Teed

    Hi Jen
    I am in my mid seventies, ex guitar player many years ago, however I would like to try the ukulele. can you advise me on this subject .
    Kind regards.

    1. otleyukuleleorchestra Post author

      Hi Derrick

      Here is the address of where we meet every week
      The New Highwood, Brackenwood Dr, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 1RG

      Hope you have had a good holiday and I look forward to meeting you soon


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  3. Lynn Alexander

    Hi Jen – I would love to join but it may be too late in the day for now??? Could join in New Year if that’s better? Have learnt Uke with another group so not an “absolute beginner” but need to practice!!!! Look forward to hearing from you – Lynn

    1. otleyukuleleorchestra Post author

      Hi Lynn – thank you for your message. You’d be welcome to join us any Monday eve! In the first session (7pm-8pm) we do around 5 sing-along songs and from 8pm we’re concentrating on songs for our Christmas performances (more in-depth arrangements). Come along and see what you think… You can play what you can and see what a session is like. It’s a very friendly group! I am also running beginners and improves courses in January. I can send you details of you’d like? My email is jen@bighooha.co.uk for more reliable contact! I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

  4. Ruth

    Hi Jen
    I’m interested in learning the ukelele and need a beginner’s class before joining a group. Have taught myself a few chords but that’s all. Do you run a suitable class or one to one tuition?

  5. Mick & June Richards

    Hi Jen & members of RUG, my wife and I visiting from New Zealand recently had the pleasure of attending two sessions at Roundhay. We just loved being there! Now back in NZ and looking forward to seeing you all again in 12 months. Keep strumming that great music you were great.

    1. otleyukuleleorchestra Post author

      HI Mick and June – It was a pleasure welcoming you to our Wednesday night strum and sing! I hope you have a wonderful year full of music and good times – and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017! Love from Jen and all at RUG 🙂

  6. Denise

    Hi. I’m learning the basics cords on the ukulele and wondered if there was room to join your Wednesday group. I do have a very cheap ukulele and if you have one I’d like to borrow one of yours to see if any difference.
    Have a lovely Christmas and happy new year.

    1. OtleyUkuleleOrchestra Post author

      Hi Denise thank you for your message! Do you mean the Wednesday group in Roundhay or the morning group in Otley? Either way – there is room for you! People come when they can do you don’t have to commit to weekly sessions. Some songs you’ll find you can do and others might be a challenge but it’s all about having fun and improving skills. Groups start again 11th January. I can bring you a ukulele but you’ll have to remind me nearer the time! Please can you email me jen@bighooha.co.uk to remind me the day before?! I’ll forget otherwise! Please keep in touch and let me know if you have any further queries. Kind regards, Jen

  7. Don Laing

    I have two tickets for The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, on the 19th of May in Leeds Town Hall at 7:30 PM. Due to unforeseen circumstances I will not be able to use them, so I will send them, by post, free of charge, to the first person that asks for them and sends me their name and postal address. Email address don.laing@tiscali.co.uk
    Don Laing

  8. elizabeth

    I have been bought a ukulele for Christmas I have booked a few lessons but think it would be more fun if played in a group. Can you send me details of your meetings please ?

    1. OtleyUkuleleOrchestra Post author

      Hi Elizabeth – thank you for your message! Roundhay Ukulele Group meets every Wednesday (starting 10th January 2018) 8pm-9:30pm at Lidgett Park Methodist Church hall, entrance off the main car park, 126 Talbot Rd, Leeds LS8 1HB. I am there from 7:30pm setting up and making coffees for those who’d like a cuppa and chat before the session.

      You’d be really welcome to join us any time as it’s a drop in there is no termly commitment, each session is £6 and all music is provided. Players of all abilities are welcome but a knowledge of basic open chords is assumed. More complex chords and techniques are explained as we go along but every song we do will have something that everyone can have a go at. I like to encourage people to develop their skills through learning songs together. I am sure you will find it is a really friendly group!

      Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch – email is better – jen@bighooha.co.uk!

      I look forward to meeting you! Jen

  9. Christine

    I live in Kettering Northamptonshire and I have just taken up playing the Ukulele ! Ok! So my son who is a social worker in Warrington is getting married in August this year ! And the wedding reception is at Roundhay Park! They are big fans of all stringed instruments and my son was very inspired by the Ululele Orchestra playing’Smells like Teen Spirit ‘ on the Jools Holland Hootenany years ago ! He is encouraging me big time !! I’d love to perform/have a group perform at hiswedding11th August ! Please get back to me as I do want to do something unusual for him


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