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NFWI Unit: From £67.5

NFWI Unit Shared: From £90

WI Member: From £75

WI Member Shared: From £100

Shared Occupancy: From £110

Non Member Single: From £85

Non Member Shared: From £120

Person Sharing with Student on: From £55

WI Member: From £65

Non Member: From £70

Come and join us for a wonderful talk and visit to Kelmscott Manor. The morning will start with a insightful talk from one of Denman’s tutors, Anna Steven, regarding the history of Kelmscott Manor. After lunch you will take a coach to Kelmscott where you will be able to walk around the beautiful house, gardens and artwork before returning to Denman. Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this 'loveliest haunt of ancient peace'; he signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist.

Outline of the Event: 11.00 arrival for tea and coffee; 11.30 am- Talk and Q&A regarding Kelmscott Manor; 12.45 lunch; 1.45- depart Denman; 2.15 arrive Kelmscott; 4.30 depart Kelmscott; 5pm arrive Denman

WI Member: From £57

Non Member: From £62

Denman is thrilled to welcome the amazing Sandie Shaw this autumn for a special one-off afternoon event. Recording and performing in five languages she became Britain’s most successful International female singer of the 1960’s.

Sandie will take us on a journey through her incredible career, from when she left school and worked in a car factory to the release of her first number 1, ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’ at the tender age of 17, the iconic 1967 song ‘Puppet on a String’ which became the first British entry ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest, to her shocking Eighties re-emergence with The Smiths, right up to the present day. 

 Discussing teaching Buddhism, becoming a psychotherapist and founding The Arts Clinic and currently as an advocate representing the interests of fellow recording artists in Westminster, Brussels, Washington and within the Creative Industries as President of the Featured Artist Coalition. This year Sandie collects her MBE for her services to music. This a no holds barred conversation, so start preparing your questions….


2pm- Arrival

2.30- 3.30pm- Sandie will give her talk

3.30-3.45pm- Q&A

3.45pm- Afternoon tea

 This is a fantastic opportunity to meet an iconic British star so book early and don’t miss out!  


WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Come and spend the day at Denman where we will be showing you treats and tips for making Easter that little bit special. The day will start with a Demonstration by Kelly Mauger, Denman’s WI Cookery School Manager and renowned Pastry Chef. Kelly will whip up a batch of contemporary colourful French style meringue kisses, which will then be used in a later demonstration. Kelly will also discuss some interesting meringue facts and top tips! Following Kelly is a one of Denman’s returning tutors- Alex Mackay! Alex will be showcasing alternative and traditional ideas with a twist and a sprinkling of magic to make your Easter extra special. Alex will be using recipes from his book, The Magic Fridge during his demonstration showing you how to save time on your everyday cooking by stocking your fridge occasionally. He will demonstrate that cooking and eating can make you feel magical, but the way you get there is to be pragmatic and get well prepared.

After a delightful Denman lunch, Anna Steven, National Teacher, Demonstrator and Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Denman tutor will be taking over from Alex for a Seasonal Flower Demonstration. Anna will be producing delightful floral designs created using contemporary techniques, in seasonal colours to enhance your home. Relax and enjoy - all aspects full explained and completed designs raffled to take home with you!

 Outline of Event: 10.30-11 Tea/coffee & Danish; 11-11.30- Cookery Demo from Kelly Mauger- Meringues; 11.30- 12.30 Cookery demo from Alex Mackay; 12.30-13.30 Lunch; 2pm- Flower demonstration with Anna Steven; 3-3.30 Tea/coffee and biscuits and Raffle of flowers; Depart

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Join us for a very special afternoon with the Reverend Kate Bottley. Kate is known for her appearances on Channel 4’s BAFTA and National Television Award-winning series show Gogglebox, BBC One’s 2016 flagship Easter documentary In the Footsteps of Judas, Pause for Thought on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show and most recently BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef 2017. Kate has also written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times.

Kate will talk about her fascinating life and how it has changed since becoming a well-known public figure, but also demonstrate some of her favourite recipes that she produced on Masterchef as well as for her family. About Kate: Originally from Sheffield, the Reverend Kate Bottley is a priest in North Nottinghamshire. Ordained in 2008, she is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible. Kate was not raised in a church-going family, and started going to church because she fancied the local vicar’s son. They have been married since 1998 and have two children. In 2012 Kate did a dance as part of a wedding flashmob which subsequently went viral, with more than seven million hits on YouTube; it was this that led to her being approached by Gogglebox. Kate loves telly and dancing.

 Outline of event: 2pm arrival for tea/coffee; 2.30 talk and cookery demonstration; 3.30 Q&A; 4pm Afternoon tea; 4.30 Depart

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Come and spend the afternoon and evening at Denman and experience not only a trip to a local Vineyard but a 2 hour wine tasting class at Denman before dinner.

 The afternoon will start with a trip to Bothy Vineyard, Oxfordshire’s oldest vineyard/winery followed by a two hour wine tasting class with the Oxford Chelt Wine School. A lovely Denman 2 course meal will be provided after the tasting class to finish the evening off.

 Bothy Vineyard- The tour starts with a gentle walk around the vineyard, where you will learn about the history of the vineyard, the economics of such a modest business, viticulture and the environmental factors which affect their harvest and wine. This will be followed by visiting the winery and then a tasting of the vineyard’s award-winning wines.

 After a short refreshment break, the Oxford Chelt Wine School will take you on a two hour wine tasting class, which promises to be full of surprises, fun and a little enlightenment, while sipping some delicious wines.

 This is an exclusive event with limited availability, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

 Outline of the Event:  Arrival 2pm- tea/coffee; 2.30- depart for Bothy; 2.45 arrive bothy vineyard and start tour; 4.45 depart and arrival at Denman; 4.45- 5.15 Cream tea; 5.15 pm- wine tasting class; 7.30- dinner; 9.30 pm depart

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Join us at Denman for this one-off special event celebrating all things mosaics! Visit Chedworth Roman Villa, one of Britain's largest Romano-British villas with fine mosaics. Dr Nick Humphris, a chartered mechanical engineer and a volunteer at the villa, will give an insightful talk before you grab a hearty Denman buffet lunch and set off to see Chedworth yourself! The villa site was occupied in Iron Age times with the first villa being established early in the 2ndC AD. It was developed in the 3rdC and 4thC into the magnificent villa we have the remains of today. At the end of the Roman era it fell into ruin, was hidden in woodland where it was discovered in the 19thC. It is an active archaeological site.

Tutor Biography: Dr Nick Humphris. I am a retired chartered mechanical engineer having had a varied career in industry, academia, and the scientific civil service. In 2012 I joined the National Trust at the Villa as a volunteer site guide and outreach speaker. I also lead specialist talks/tours at the villa giving in-depth coverage of its archaeology and its mosaics.

Outline of Event: 11am arrival, parking assistance; 11.30am talk by Nick Humphries; 12.30pm finger buffet lunch in Ferris; 1.30pm coach leaves Denman; 2.30pm arrives at Chedworth villa, tour begins; 5pm depart villa; 6pm arrive at Denman

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Dust off your dancing shoes! Denman is delighted to be hosting an afternoon with Ian Waite. Ian is probably best known for his role as one of the professional dancers on The BBC's hit show Strictly Come Dancing and Strictly spin off show, It takes Two. Ian also is co-creator of the Fitsteps, a ballroom and Latin American workout.

Ian will lead an audience participation of a Cha Cha Cha/Rumba/Jive followed by a Q&A session. After this, Ian will be on hand to sign autographs and have photographs taken. So come and have some fun!

Outline of Event: 2pm- arrival; 2.30pm- audience participation dance demo; 3pm- Q&A; 3.30pm - Afternoon tea and opportunity for Autographs and pictures taken with Ian; 4.30 depart

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Find yourself transported back in time to the age of Jane Austen with a fascinating talk which explores the art of cooking, cookery writers and recipes of the Georgian period.

Denman is delighted to be able to welcome Catherine Sampson who will give us a glimpse into the Georgian kitchen and dining room and discover some of the more extreme table etiquette of the middle and upper classes. Learn how increasing industrialisation, the rise of the middle classes and even revolution in France all played their part in shaping the dining experience. 

The talk concludes with the chance to sample some cooking made from a Georgian recipe. 

About Catherine:

Catherine Sampson is an experienced family, personal and local historian and regular speaker on social history topics to groups across Berkshire and its surrounding counties. She first became interested in historic cooking methods whilst completing an honours degree in Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, some years ago, and has more recently completed a Diploma and Master’s Degree in English Local History at the University of Oxford. 

Outline of the Event: 2pm – Guests arrive for tea/ coffee; 2.30pm – Talk, followed by a Q&A session; 4.30pm – Denman cream tea; 5.00pm – Depart

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

We are delighted to welcome to Denman local Author Tim Pears who will give a fascinating talk and Q&A regarding his new novel, The Wanderers, which is his second novel in his acclaimed West Country Trilogy.

 This beautiful story follows directly on from The Horseman, which was a tale of the unlikely friendship of the carter’s son and the Master’s daughter, bound by a deep love of horses, but divided by rigid social boundaries.

 It’s now 1912 and thirteen year old Leo travels through Devon towards Penzance, banished from his childhood home and far away from Lottie, before he is taken in by gypsies. But she and Leo are rarely far from one another’s thoughts...

 Outline of Event:

 10am arrival for Tea and Coffee; 10.30 Talk from Tim; 11.30- Q&A; 12 noon- Lunch; 13.30 depart

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Come and join us for a relaxing few hours with Alison Haigh who will be demonstrating the benefits of Mindfulness while baking - appreciating every ingredient we use to make delicious homemade food. Just as a car deprives us of walking, convenience foods can deprive us of using our hands to work in harmony with our brains.

Alison will be producing some delicious food including a gluten free refined sugar sponge cake, a date chocolate and almond torte, a spiced cornbread and a gruyere and rosemary pastry tart filled with beetroot and butternut squash.

About Alison: She was brought up in her parents Artisan Bakery, so her love for good food was instilled from a very young age, so it was no surprise that she went to study Home Economics and cooked in ski chalets and shooting lodges before starting a career as a Home Economist. She has specialised in product and food development as well as teaching children and adults about food – instilling her passion for cooking whilst embracing the importance of using quality fresh ingredients to provide delicious healthy meals in a fun relaxed environment. She is a consultant for a leading supermarket and appliance manufacturer giving cookery demonstrations/lessons designed to enthuse clients to expand their cookery repertoire.

Outline of the Event: Arrival 10 for tea/ coffee; Demo starts at 10.30; 12pm Q&A; 12.30 lunch; 1.30-2pm depart

WI Member: From £42

Non Member: From £47

Denman are pleased to welcome Peter Barratt, great- grandson of Alice Hawkins, a prominent suffragette in the fight for the woman’s right to vote.  A shoe machinist by trade, lifelong socialist and mother of six, Alice formed her local suffragette branch with the help of the Pankhurst family.

With a bronze statue of Alice unveiled on February 4th 2018, the first to be unveiled in centenary year and only one of four centenary commemorative statues for 2018- Emily Pankhurst, Emily Davison and suffragist Millicent Fawcett being the other three- Peter gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice’s campaign for the vote over a 100 years ago.


Outline of the event:

2pm Arrival tea/coffee

2.30- talk and Q&A

3.45- Afternoon tea

4.30 departure

WI Member: From £159

Non Member: From £169

Day Option- WI Member: From £119

Day Option- Non Member: From £129

Come to Denman for a fascinating London Riverside Cruise with our very own Peter Lawrence, one of Denman's most popular tutors. From the ancient Britons, through the Roman occupation to London’s development over the last millennium, the River Thames has always been the single most important reason for our capital’s existence. Whilst walking the streets is a fascinating way of learning about London, it is nothing compared with viewing London from the Thames. This fabulous event includes travel to London on a coach for a four-hour private charter cruise through central London with a fascinating commentary from Peter. Lunch on board the boat is provided, and tea and cake will be waiting for you when you return to Denman. Peter Lawrence is a retired member of Scotland Yard’s Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Group. Since 1992 he has been tutoring and lecturing on various aspects of classical and vernacular architecture together with the history and development of London and East Anglia. His award for local history research at the University of London has served him well as a tutor and governor at various adult colleges in London and East Anglia. He now lectures to N.A.D.F.A.S., National Trust centres, U3A and of course the WI, where in his newly adopted county of Norfolk he is now in demand for talks including those on aspects of his former life. The WI has served Peter well over the years, hence his continued commitment to Denman since he first joined us in 1996. Peter is a Freeman of the City of London. Please be advised that the coach may not be able to drop off directly at the pier so there may be a short walk of perhaps up to 10 minutes to and from the boat. There are also places available to attend this course on a day only basis, priced at £119 for members and £129 for non-members.

 Outline for the Event: 20th May 2018; From 3.00pm – Arrival and Room Check In; 4.00pm – Afternoon Tea; 6.45pm – Two-course Dinner; 8.15-9.15pm – After Dinner Talk with Peter Lawrence ; 21st May 2018; 7.15am – Breakfast and vacate bedrooms, please also move your cars down to the staff car park / Lime Walk so that new guests on Monday can park near their accommodation; 8.00am – Coach Departs Denman to London; 11am – Cruise Departs for a Spectacular Riverside History Tour with Packed Lunch; 3pm – Cruise Arrives Back at Allocated Pier. Coach Departs to Return to Denman; Approx 5.00pm – Arrival Back at Denman for Tea and Cake, and Then Depart

 Day Option available- Meet at Denman at 7am and join the rest of the group for the day visit to London. 

MEMBER: From £15

Non Member: From £20

5 years- 16 years: From £8

Under 4 years: From £0

Come and join us for a magical musical evening celebrating Denman’s 70th Birthday!

We will be hosting a number of bands and singers who will all be performing a mixture of songs reflecting the music of the last 70 years.

Pimms, BBQ and Hampers are all available to purchase to make your evening that little bit more special.

Overnight B&B available- please call our Guest Services team to book!



WI Member: From £65

Non Member: From £70

Overnight Option- WI Member: From £105

Overnight Option- Non Member: From £110

Spend an evening at Denman listening to timeless classics such as ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’, sung by the brilliant trio The Bombshells. Recreating musical history, The Bombshells offer incredible harmonies and bubby personalities; you won’t want to miss this! The event includes a two course dinner with a glass of wine.

Programme: 6.30pm Welcome & drink of bubbly; 7pm The Bombshells first set; 7.45pm Dinner; 8.30pm The Bombshells second set; 9.15pm End of event; 9.30pm Depart

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

On 25th April, we are very excited to announce that the wonderful Tim Bentinck will visit Denman to talk about his new book ‘Being David Archer and other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living’.

Timothy Bentinck has played the part of David Archer in BBC Radio 4's The Archers since 1982. He is also the Earl of Portland and the voice of 'Mind The Gap' on the Piccadilly Line. Aimed primarily at the five million regular Archers listeners, Timothy takes the reader behind the scenes of the longest running drama series in the world, a British institution with a theme tune that Billy Connolly wants to be the National Anthem. But that's not all. With wry, self-deprecating humour, Timothy recounts his enormously varied life - a successful actor in TV, film and theatre, a voice specialist working in every vocal medium. He's also been an HGV truck driver, a US tour guide, a computer programmer and website designer, an inventor with UK and US patents, farm worker, house renovator and he sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords for three years. Unlike many acting memoirs, this isn't a succession of thespian tales of freezing digs, forgotten lines and name dropping. This is an articulate, funny and thoughtful account of how to survive an insecure life.

This is a talk, Q&A and Book signing event. A copy of Tim’s book is part of the price.

Outline of the Event: 1.30 arrival for Tea/Coffee and pastries; 2pm- talk regarding Tim’s life and being David Archer ; 3pm- Q&A’s; 3.30- book signing; 4pm- afternoon tea ; 4.30pm- depart

WI Member: From £159

Non Member: From £169

No other novelist in late 18th and early 19th century England wrote with Jane Austen's clarity or humour. Two hundred years on, her plots and characters intrigue and delight a modern audience of readers, film-goers and television viewers. But who was the real Jane Austen? Where she lived and what she observed fed her creative talent, as did her family and the social circle in which she moved.

The main subjects considered in two informal but informed, lectures with plenty of opportunity for the exchange of ideas and opinions, are Jane Austen, her family and the influences on her writing. Visits to locations that contributed to her novelistic output, Steventon and Chawton in Hampshire, and Winchester, where she died and is buried, will also be on the itinerary. Discover the woman behind the writing on this one-night special event.

Sunday 3rd June: 4.30pm tea; 5 - 6pm Who Was Jane Austen? The Woman Behind the Words; 6.45 Dinner; 8.15 - 9.15 Families and Fortunes: Jane Austen's Siblings

Monday 4th June: Leave Denman at 9am; 10.15: Coffee at the Wheatsheaf Inn, North Waltham; 11.00 - 12.00: Steventon Church; 12.45 - 2pm: Lunch at Chawton Great House; 2.10 - 3.20: Chawton Cottage; 3.50 - 5.15: Winchester Cathedral and College Street; Leave Winchester at 5.20pm; Return to Denman by 6.30

WI Member: From £119

Non Member: From £129

Have you always wanted to write a book but just don’t know where to start? Or does your work-in-progress need a push in the right direction? Then come and spend the day at Denman as we join forces with Writers & Artists to host a fantastic opportunity to work with leading authors on aspects of the writing process, as well as hear from literary agents on how to submit your novel and the current publishing marketplace.

Outline of Day: 08.45-09.15: Registration and welcome teas and coffees; 09.15-10.00: Introduction to the day and the publishing landscape; 10.00-11.15 Writing workshop of your choice: historical fiction; crime and thriller; or life writing; 11.15-11.30: Short break; 11.30-12.45: Writing workshop continued; 12.45-14.00: Lunch break; 14.00-15.15: Keynote speech, followed by Q&A; 15.15-15.30: Short break; 15.30-16.30: How to submit your work to an agent: practical tips from a literary agent and a Q&A