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Online booking for our events will be made available soon, but in the meantime, please read below for more information and call us on 01865 391 991 if you would like to make a booking.

WI Member £15.00


Non Member £20.00


Children aged 5 years- 16 year £8.00


Children under 4 years £0.00


WI Member with Overnight Stay £55.00


Non Member with Overnight Stay £60.00



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 all all available to purchase to make your evening that little bit more special.

 

To find out more, please email marketing@denman.org.uk

WI Member £65.00


Non Member £70.00



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 £55.00


Non Member £60.00



WI Member £40.00


Non Member £45.00



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 £55.00


Non Member £60.00



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 £40.00


Non Member £45.00



Anna Pitt is a writer and speaker on green living and the circular economy. She is passionate about food waste reduction and is a regular speaker on the food waste circuit. She also loves cooking, and has combined these passions to create Leftover Pie: 101 ways to reduce your food waste. This is Anna’s first time at Denman and is delighted to be showcasing two recipes from Leftover Pie- a savoury dish of ‘Dead Bread Pudding’ and a sweet dish of ‘Tiramisu’. As part of the event, you will receive a copy of the book which Anna will sign after the demonstration. Additional books can be purchased for £12.99

Anna says, “I read somewhere that only 3% of people in the UK feel shame at throwing away food, but that’s not my experience when I go out and about talking to people about their food. A lot of people tell me they worry about the price of food and would like to save money on their weekly shopping. More and more people now worry about the impact of food waste on the environment too. So many people think that reducing food waste is beyond their control though, because there has been a lot of publicity about the food waste caused by supermarkets. But in fact 50% of food waste is from within the home. That means it is food that we have paid for, shopped for, sometimes even prepared and cooked, that is going to waste, which is awful, but on the other hand, it means it is within our control to do something about it. I hope Leftover Pie will empower people to see that they too can reduce waste and get more from the food they buy.” Anna is a Love Food Hate Waste champion for her county council and gives talks, demonstrations and drop in sessions to find workable solutions to particular food waste worries.

 Outline of day: Arrival 10- tea and coffee; 10.30- cookery Demo ; 12.00 Q&A/book signing; 12.30- Lunch; Members depart after lunch

WI Member £55.00


Non Member £60.00



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 £55.00


Non Member £60.00



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 £40.00


Non Member £45.00



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 £159.00


Non Member £169.00


Day Option- WI Member £119.99


Day Option- Non Member £129.00



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. 

WI Member £40.00


Non Member £45.00



As Charles II sailed across the Channel to restore the Monarchy to England in 1660, Samuel Pepys, middle ranking civil servant at the Admiralty, was there recording this great moment in his diary. Pepys diary provides a first-hand account of the restoration period and it’s ups and downs and fashions for the next ten years.

Follow Rosemarie Swinfield into this glamorous, amoral world and discover how men be-wigged and women painted their faces to look stylish in a society where to be unfashionable was social disaster ! Agonise with Pepys as he decides whether or not to shave his head and purchase an expensive but oh so important periwig, tremble for the famous beauties who died from the poisonous cosmetics they used and wonder at the unscrupulous wig makers who supplied pretty well everything needed for the fashionable face of Restoration London. Rosemarie Swinfield is an international lecturer and makeup designer who has worked widely here, the United States, Australasia and Scandinavia. Her work has varied from making up Lady Thatcher at no 10, applying Dracula’s fangs for Christopher Lee to lecturing American graduate students on the ruthless control of his nobles by King Louis XIV at Versailles.

Outline of Event: 10:00am – Guests Arrive for Morning Coffee and Pastries; 10.30am – Talk, Followed by a Q&A Session ; 12.30pm – Two-course Lunch with Wine; 2:00pm – Depart

WI Member £65.00


Non Member £70.00


Overnight Option- WI Member £105.00


Overnight Option- Non Member £110.00



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 £40.00


Non Member £45.00



On 6 February 1918, after campaigning for over 50 years, British women were finally granted the vote and history was made. Join author Diane Atkinson at Denman and explore the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the suffragette movement, Rise Up Women! In the voices of key suffragettes, Rise Up Women! chronicles the founding of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in the 1860s, led by Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and the formation of the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903. ‘Deeds Not Words!’ was their slogan – and they took increasingly violent action, enduring police brutality, imprisonment and force-feeding. Charting the history of the movement through the lives of those who took part, Rise Up Women! illuminates the stories of lesser-known figures and depicts a truly national and international struggle. Brilliantly researched, vividly rendered and celebratory, it is an essential reminder of what it took to get where we are today – and the progress yet to be made. Diane will present an illustrated talk, showing photographs and memorabilia from her collection, before you have an opportunity to ask questions and get your copy of Rise Up Women! signed. 

WI Member £55.00


Non Member £60.00



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 £159.00


Non Member £169.00



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; Leave Winchester at 5.20pm; Return to Denman by 6.30