It’s never too late to learn something new


Denman is the WI’s centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day schools and residential courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle. All residential courses include accommodation in an en-suite, uniquely decorated room, all meals and refreshments breaks, and hours of tutor-lead workshops.


Denman is home to the famous WI Cookery School. Find out which delicious courses are coming up!

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Whether you're looking for something unique or traditional, you'll find both at Denman! Choose from Elizabethan embroidery to traditional calligraphy, willow weaving to fabulous flowers!

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Why not book on to one of our wildlife walks, historical lectures, singing classes or a course in digital photography!

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A TASTE OF DENMAN

If you would like to bring a group of friends to explore Denman, we have lots of different options:

Day Visits: A great opportunity to get to know Denman, its Georgian house, grounds and teaching centre. You will get a real feel for what it’s like to attend a course in the beautiful Oxfordshire surroundings. Enjoy a delicious two course lunch with a glass of wine, followed by a tour with one of our specialist guides, who will show you around, explaining the history of Denman, and what it is like to attend a course here. You will also have a chance to visit our two shops before finishing the day with a cream tea.

Day Visits with Demos: On top of all of the above, you can add on a demonstration by one of our expert tutors in either cookery or floral art.

Designer Days: Create your own bespoke taste of Denman from our range of courses. Arrive for morning coffee before the first of your workshops, which has been chosen by you, and tailored to your requirements. After lunch, visit our two shops, before trying another workshop in the afternoon. Finish the day with afternoon tea before heading home to plan your next Denman visit!

Residential Designer Days: Why not add to your Designer Day with an overnight stay at Denman! Arrive on Sunday afternoon and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Denman before your dinner in the Georgian house and relax, or enjoy some optional light entertainment. After a restful night, enjoy your breakfast, before following the Designer Day programme.

Federation Visits: This is the best way to visit Denman for the first time! Organised by your Federation Denman Ambassador, they choose the courses, arrange transport to and from Denman, and ensure a great few days away learning, being inspired, and having fun!

My Denman

"Many people think you have to be a member of the WI to come here, but you actually don't... It's a place you can relax, socialise, be extremely well fed, feel welcome if you come on your own, and most importantly, learn a new skill or feed an interest. I've been here three times and I love it (and just booked for my next visit)!"

Nicola Appleton

Leicester, UK

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