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WI Member: From £57.00


Non Member: From £62.00



Simon King OBE 'Naturalist, Conservationist, Author, Artist and Broadcaster is an aficionado of capturing the natural world (receiving an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2011). As a passionate conservationist Simon specialises in wildlife documentaries. His extensive knowledge and expertise behind a camera has seen his work included in many programmes including the BBC’s Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Springwatch and Autumnwatch to name but a few.

 The naturalist and author will be presenting at Denman from an expert angle in what promises to be a truly inspiring talk. With a Q&A session and the opportunity to talk with Simon, purchase his book and have it signed; gain an insight into the world of a wildlife film-maker.

 Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk with Simon

3.30 - 3.45pm Q&A

3.45pm Denman Premium Afternoon tea

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non member: From £47.00



Join us at Denman for a first! Enjoy illustrated ghost tales with actor and tour guide, Bill Spectre. One of the tales Bill will tell is The Monkey’s Paw, a supernatural short story from 1902, as well as a few Oxfordshire stories from his local ghost tours. Be prepared for some spooky stories and getting involved with props and audience contributions!

Bill trained as an actor at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. His varied career has taken him from Dundee Rep to The Young Vic in London, where he created the stage role of Skipper in The Brylcreem Boys by Peter Durrant.

His TV work includes Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer, The Sea Green Man, Girls on Top (with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax), and Noel Coward's Star Quality, with Susannah York, Ian Richardson, Amanda Donahoe and Pam Ferris.

Outline of the event:

Arrival 18.30 for pre-dinner drink

The first story

Dinner at 19.30

More ghostly stories

Departure from approx. 9.15 onwards

 Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £159.00


Non Member: From £169.00



Join Bushcraft at Denman to learn the fundamental skills to survive the outdoors! During this one day event, you will grow in confidence and develop your knowledge of the four main principles: fire, food, shelter and water. You will learn how to build an emergency shelter using only natural materials found at the Bushcraft Centre, collect and purify contaminated water, and prepare your own meals using items foraged, among many other skills! This is a unique opportunity for those new to the outdoors, or those with a little experience – either way, you’ll go home knowing that you can stay safe, and keep your loved ones safe, in the outdoors!

Outline of the event:

17th June- 09.30am- arrival at Denman

9.30-10.30- Refreshments and welcome meeting

10.30- Depart Denman for the Bushcraft Centre

18th June- 09.30am -arrive back at Denman

WI Member: From £67.00


Non Member: From £72.00



Are you interesting in learning how to identify bird species by sight and sound? Denman are delighted to be working with Cotswold Rural Skills for a fantastic day event where, by the end of the day, you should, hopefully, be able to identify between 10 and 20 common Cotswolds bird species, through their appearance and range of calls.

This day is a combination of field-work involving two 1- hour bird walks around Denman and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on these walks, plus information about the species themselves, from their habits, behaviours, anatomy and other useful information.

* Friday 5th April sold out, however due to demand we have added a new date of the 31st May- please click on book now for details or to book* 

Outline of the Event:

10:00-10:30 Arrival tea/coffee                                           

10:30-11:30 Classroom session

11:30-12:45 Walk 1

12:45- 13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:45 Classroom session

14:45- 15:00 Tea/coffee

15:00-16:00 Walk 2

16:00- 16:30 Summary and Q&A

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

 

WI Member: From £67.00


Non member: From £72.00



It’s the lavender season and we’ve got a right treat for you! Join us at Denman for an insightful talk and demonstration by Cath from My Scented Home who will tell you all about the wonderful world of lavender and how best to use it in your craft projects!

After lunch, we’ll be whisking you away to Cotswold Lavender for a tour of their field and distillery. Learn all about how mass lavender is harvested and how best to care for the plant. You’ll also go away with great ideas of what to do with lavender once you’ve picked it!

Outline of the event:

11 am – Arrival at Denman

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Talk & Demo from Cath

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch

1:45 pm – Coach

2:30 pm  – Tour of the Lavender fields

3:30/3:45 pm  – Return to Denman

 Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

Places required: From £10.00



Slimy snakes? No such thing! What does a crocodile feel like? What are tortoise shells made of? Come along and see a snake, lizard, tortoise and a crocodile or alligator! Join us for an up close and hands-on encounter with the world of reptiles. Crocodiles of the World will be bringing along some of their amazing animals, including a croc of course. You’ll learn loads about each animal, and have the chance to stroke some of them (and that includes the alligator). It’s fun, friendly and safe. We love our animals, and want to inspire the respect they deserve.

This event is aimed and both children and adults alike!

Outline of the event:

13.30- Arrival

14.00- 15.30- talk, touch and Q&A with the handler

15.30 departure

All children under 14 to be accompanied by a paying adult.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Spend an afternoon with one of fashion’s most recognisable faces: Daphne Selfe – the world’s oldest professional model. In her own words, Daphne doesn’t ‘do retiring’ and has fronted some of the industry’s biggest campaigns – modelling for Dolce & Gabanna, Red or Dead, TK Maxx, Primark and more. Daphne and her daughter Claire will be sharing images and secrets from Daphne’s extraordinary life and career. Join us for a celebration of diversity and change in fashion – lit up by Daphne’s zest for life.

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk with Daphne and Claire

3.30 - 3.45pm Q&A

3.45pm Prosecco Afternoon tea

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Oxfordshire freelance journalist and mother of three, Penny Farmer, is a woman like any other that you might meet on the street, at the school gates, at the supermarket check-out, indeed your next-door neighbour. She is also the sister of a murdered junior doctor and has spent almost 40 years trying to find his killer. Penny will be joining us at Denman this March to present an extraordinary talk and Q&A based around her book Dead in the Water.

 The discovery of the bodies of Penny’s 25 year old junior doctor brother and his girlfriend found tortured and murdered off the coast of Central America in 1978, led to the family’s heart-breaking 38 year quest to discover what had happened and who was responsible for this most heinous of crimes. Despite the best efforts of Chris’s parents who went to unbelievable lengths to discover the truth, the case quickly went cold. The family were haunted for almost four decades as to why their beloved son and brother should meet such a gruesome and tragic end just seven months after setting off on a holiday of a lifetime travelling the globe.

 It was on a dog walk with her then 91-year old mother that the thought came to Penny that she should search for her brother’s suspected killer on the internet. It was this research that led to the re-opening of the 38 year old international murder case and the eventual arrest of her brother’s serial killer at the age of 75 in Sacramento after 50 years on the run.

 Outline of the Event:

2pm- arrival

2.30pm - 4pm- Talk and Q&A

4pm- Denman Premium Afternoon Tea

 There will also be the opportunity to purchase a copy of Penny’s book during the event.

 

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



With our flagship WI Cookery School, love of a good old-fashioned get-together and Bake Off: The Professionals alma mater (Chef Manager and Tutor Kelly Mauger), it was only a matter of time before we answered your call for tents, tea and a healthy dose of competition! We’re proud to present to you The Great Denman Bake-Off – your chance to shine in the tent with that top secret signature bake! Teams of two will be given a fun challenge, the chance to make something magical, have it judged by our experts and potentially win the Denman Bake Off crown! Naturally, be prepared for plenty of giggles, cuppas and treats to keep you going.

 

Outline of the Event:

1pm arrival for tea/coffee

1.30 intro and demonstration of the challenge ahead

2pm- challenge commences

3.30 challenge ends

3.30-3.45- judging takes place

3.45- feedback given and the winner announced

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non member: From £47.00



Denman is proud to present an afternoon with Laura Cave, the founder of Just Trade, a leading supplier of Fairtrade jewellery made in South America and Asia. Laura will discuss with the audience how small things can make a big difference, and why Fairtrade products are vital to the future of our world and the people living in it. Every artisan that Just Trade work with are valued for who they are and through the projects they work on, get to develop their skills, learn new ones and then pass on that education to others. Laura was also recently elected as chair of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops).

Outline of the event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.30pm Afternoon tea

4.30- depart

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Denman is proud to present another first! Join Natty Mark Samuels in this workshop in which you will look at the health benefits as well as ethno-botanic and cultural factors that go into making herbal oils and honeys. In this stimulating session, you’ll be using citrus fruits, herbs from the Denman gardens, sweet oils and special salts to learn about and create your own herbal oils to take home for yourself, or to give away as gifts, if you can bear to part with them!

Outline of the Event:

2pm Arrival

2.30- 4.30 Workshop

4.30- Premium Prosecco Afternoon Tea

5pm (approx.) Departure

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



People come to Denman to have a jolly good time! Curious how this was done a century or so ago? Hop back in time with Oxfordshire historian Liz Woolley as she gives a fascinating talk on the leisure and entertainment habits of those in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford. In the mid-nineteenth century, the world was once again changing: With a little more time and money to spend, recreational activities arose to meet the demand for something to do. For a descriptive tour of period’s entertainment scene and discover why “habitual drunkards” were “induced to spend their evenings in the library”…!

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival for tea/coffee

2.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.30pm Departure

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £67.00


Non Member: From £72.00



Come and join us for a fascinating day exploring what happens when Blenheim Palace becomes a film location. The day starts at Denman with Antonia Keaney from Blenheim Palace giving an illustrated talk on how the Palace has been used as a filming location in a huge variety of TV adverts and programmes, and has appeared in both Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. 

 The talk will show what actually happens at the Palace when Hollywood descends - and what happens behind the scenes!

 After Antonia’s talk and a wonderful 2 course lunch, we will take a coach across to Blenheim where you can spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful house and gardens at your leisure before arriving back at Denman for around 5pm.

Outline of the Event:

11am- attendees arrive for tea/Coffee pastries

11.30-12.30- Talk and Q&A

12.30-13.30- 2 course Denman lunch

13.45 coach to leave Denman to travel to Blenheim

16.30- depart Blenheim

17.00- arrive back at Denman

About Antonia:

Antonia Keaney joined Blenheim Palace in 2008 as a member of the Education Team, then later took on the role of Social History Researcher for the Palace.  She has curated a number of exhibitions at Blenheim including ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ in 2013 and the hugely successful ‘Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style at Blenheim Palace’ in 2017.


Researching and delivering talks has always been a favourite part of her role and in addition to speaking at varied venues, Antonia has delivered a ‘Conversation’ at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, been in Conversation with fashion editor, Caroline Issa at a Bicester Village Brunch, hosted an event at Soho Farmhouse, made a guest appearance on Radio 4’s Saturday Live Show with the Reverend Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir and, most recently appeared, with John Craven on BBC’s Countryfile and Phil Spencer in his Stately Homes series for Channel 4.

In her spare time, Antonia enjoys the company of her family and her dogs – particularly Percy, the wire-haired Dachshund, who has inspired her to write and illustrate her first children’s book – Percy at the Palace (a Dog’s Eye View of Blenheim).  She is currently working on her second children’s book, Percy and the Pug (Chatting with Churchill) as well as her first non-fiction book, A Passion for Fashion – Putting on a Show at Blenheim Palace – due for publication in Spring 2019

WI Member: From £110.00


Non Member: From £120.00



Back in the late 1980s, Denman used to run a course in which you could make your very own terrarium. Isn’t it funny how trends come back into fashion? Join us on this one day workshop with mosaic and stained glass tutor Karen Jones, to fuse together your very own glass terrarium and then fill it with stunning succulents! You will be utilising the copper foil Tiffany technique first developed by Louis C. Tiffany first used at the turn of the century in America as well as 1988 at Denman!

Outline of the event:

Arrival 9.30- Tea/coffee

10am- morning session

12.30- lunch in the restaurant

13.30- afternoon session

17.00- finish

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

With Prosecco: From £19.95


Without Prosecco: From £17.95



WI Member: From £42.00


Non member: From £47.00



Looking for tasty gluten free baking? No problem! This type of cooking doesn’t have to be tricky… Claire and Sally, the minds behind Oast to Host, have been taking on the challenge! When it comes to exploration and experience, get a step closer to gluten free mastery with a fabulous demonstration from Claire who’ll show you how to make and roll gluten free pastry with ease! You’ll also come away having learnt the rather special recipe to their award winning quiche – one that promises no ‘soggy bottom’! Join us for ways to get the most out of your baking and sample some treats that’ll get you excited to recreate the magic at home!

Outline of the Event: 

2pm – Guests arrive for tea/ coffee and pastries

2.30pm – Talk and cookery Demo and Q&A session

4.15pm – Denman  Premium cream tea with Prosecco

5.00pm – Depart

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Shackleton led three expeditions to the Antarctic and was a crew member on a fourth. He is famous for escaping with all his crew, from the icy grip of the Weddell Sea during his momentous expedition of 1914-1916 and for his incredible 800 mile sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia. But he achieved more than this. In 1909 he got to within 100 miles of the South Pole - the first expedition to get so far on the Antarctic plateau. Join Denman and special guest, author Isobel Wilson, in an afternoon discovering the life of this incredible explorer and his journey through the Antarctic.

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk

3.30 - 3.45pm Q&A

3.45pm Denman Premium Afternoon tea

 

About Isobel Wilson:

I qualified in medicine at St George’s Hospital, University of London. Here Edward Wilson, Scott’s friend and confidant had trained some sixty-five years previously. As a junior doctor in the hospital I saw many of Wilson’s iconic pictures of Antarctica and became fascinated by the continent and the explorers of the early 1900s. My interest did not lessen throughout my years working in the National Health Service as a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and after retirement I wrote the biography of Wilson, a truly great hero. I subsequently wrote the biography of P.O. Edgar Evans, a competent, practical Welshman who accompanied Scott to the South Pole and was the first to die on the ill-fated return. Edgar was blamed, in some circles, for the deaths of the entire party. I felt this slur was outrageous.

To complete my biographies of Antarctic Polar Heroes of the early 1900s I have now written the biography of of William Speirs Bruce. For the last year of the work I have been joined as co-author by John Dudeney, OBE. Bruce was a man who struggled for recognition from the British Government, but who made remarkable contributions to knowledge about the Polar Regions. He charted 4,000 miles of previously unsurveyed Southern Ocean, he found new land, which changed our understanding of the southern continent, he set up a meteorological station on the South Orkneys which continues to-day under the auspices of Argentina. Indeed he can be thought of as the father of oceanography in the Southern Seas. In addition he charted and explored many of the Arctic Islands and was convinced of their economic potential, particularly in relation to minerals. In this he has been proved right.

Because of this total fascination with Antarctica, I now speak regularly on Antarctic subjects and Antarctic heroes and have done so for over ten years. I really enjoy doing this and have met a huge variety of interesting people. I speak to: specialized societies, history societies, clubs, women’s groups, the University of The Third Age, medical societies and Women’s Institutes. I spoke on Queen Mary 2 on the NY – Southampton sail and have made presentations in The States and Switzerland, The talks are Power Point presentations and are fully illustrated.

I have published in specialized journals.

Antarctica has become an overwhelming interest!

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



In this afternoon session with author and food scientist Kumud Ghandi, you will discuss the relationship between the chemistry in every day ingredients and how they affect your body.

 This thought provoking session, with audience participation, will look at why we eat what we wat, how food has evolved, and how our food habits have changed over time.

 A lovely range of herbs and spices will be used to illustrate common misconceptions and how they are used in modern medicine and cuisine. Kumud will show you how simple ingredients, when blended together, can create the most wonderful flavours.

 Join us at Denman and get ready to change your perception of diets and food, and go home with a sense of knowing how to improve quality of life and wellbeing.

Kumud Ghandi founded The Cooking Academy in 2008, which is dedicated to bringing “wellbeing to the workplace”. She also is a regular contributor to radio and television as well as writing for The Times, Telegraph, Mental Health Magazine and many BBC food programmes.

Outline of the event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Demo, talk and Q&A

3.30pm Afternoon tea

4.30- depart

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Gorgeous gowns with fantastic frills, dramatic decoration and luscious lace abound in this talk celebrating the skill of the Victorian dressmaker.  Celebrate the sumptuous styles of the era whilst also considering the cost of the gowns on the women who made them. See what the dressmaker wears to dress the debutante in her new fabulous frock with original examples on display for you to study and admire.  A talk by Meridith Towne: Costume Historian & Dressmaker. 

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival for tea/coffee

2.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.30pm Departure

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Visit Denman and learn about the rich history of woodturning, which reaches back to ancient times. Until quite recently it remained a hand craft, in which hand-held tools cut wood spinning in a lathe. At Denman however, Charles from TouchWood Crafts will take you through the traditional method of using a pole lathe. Starting with a log he will demonstrate the whole process step-by-step, whilst discussing the people and machines that have advanced this most ancient and hands-on of techniques. A unique afternoon to be had, with lots to learn and plenty to see!

Outline of the event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk, Demo and Q&A

3.30pm Afternoon tea

4.30- depart

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Simon Poole is a Cambridge based medical doctor, author and broadcaster, and is an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Join us for this afternoon talk and demonstration to learn about how wonderful ingredients can be combined to add years to your life. There will be an opportunity to sample different types of olive oil and learn about what to look for when you’re out at the shops, and a chance to ask him your burning questions about what foods to avoid and what to stock up on!

Outline of the Event:

Arrival 2pm

2.30- 3.45- Talk, tasting and Q&A

4pm- Premium Prosecco Afternoon Tea

4.30pm- (approx.) departure

WI Member: From £67.00


Non Member: From £72.00



Come and join Valentina for an authentic Italian culinary adventure as she shows you how to make some of her very favourite seasonal dishes from various regions of Italy, whilst regaling you with the stories behind the food and her own life experiences after over 50 years of cooking and learning about Italian Food.

Outline of the Event:

2pm- arrival

2.30pm- 4pm- Demo, Talk and Q&A

4pm- Premium Prosecco Afternoon Tea

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Join acclaimed author, journalist and broadcaster, Sonia Purnell, to discuss her new biography of Virginia Hall, A Woman Of No Importance, which is the incredible untold story of a glamorous American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated wartime France for the SOE and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied Spy.

 This is the epic tale of an heiress from Maryland who determined that a hunting accident would not define her existence; a young woman who gambled her life to fight alongside the British for what she believed in; an espionage novice who was one of the first to penetrate Vichy France for the Allies and help fan the flames of French Resistance. In the end, through sheer courage and ingenuity she became one of the Second World War's greatest secret agents.

 Pursued by the Gestapo, the Abwehr and a wicked priest who betrayed her, she escaped over the Pyrenees in winter only to return to the field in disguise to lead a guerrilla campaign against the Nazis around D-Day. Secretly decorated by a British king and an American president, she never talked of her exploits right up to her death in 1982. Her name remains virtually unknown today but now finally Sonia brings this extraordinary and inspiring figure out from the shadows. Based on brand new and extensive research, this is an astounding account of resistance, heroism, spycraft and overcoming prejudice.

Outline of the Event:

2pm – Arrival for tea/ coffee and pastries

2.30pm – Talk and Q&A session

4 pm – Denman Premium cream tea with Prosecco

5.00pm – Departure

 

 Bio:

Sonia Purnell is an author, journalist and broadcaster known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. Her first book, Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, was long listed for the Orwell Prize for its insightful and ground breaking portrait of Boris Johnson. Her second book, First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill, tells the astonishing but previously untold story of Clementine Churchill, and has already been widely hailed on both sides of the Atlantic as 'riveting', 'eye-opening' and 'exemplary'. Sonia also writes for a variety of newspapers and is a regular broadcaster in Britain and abroad. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.