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FOD: From £370.00



Join us for the FIRST EVER Friends of Denman weekend! This exclusive event is only available to current Friends of Denman!

On Friday night, you'll have a chance to meet the Denman team, with a glass of prosecco, before a fantastic dinner and evening talk by Katherine Bradley on 19th Century Women Travellers and Explorers. 

On Saturday morning, you'll kick off the first of three, three-hour workshops! (More on this below!) We've selected some of our newest tutors and newest subjects - just for you!

On Saturday night, after a delicious and special dinner - you'll be treated to even more entertainment! 

We’re proud to announce that the Oxford Soap Company will be demonstrating on Saturday night how to make your own creams and lotions, as well as showcasing the melt and pour process soap! During your 90 minute demonstration, some lucky audience members will have a chance to even have a go at making some soaps and lotions, and there’s plenty of time to ask founder Ervin, lots of questions. Based in the iconic Covered Market in central Oxford, The Oxford Soap Company is a local, family run business that designs and creates handmade soaps and cosmetics. The products include ranges with English sourced essential oils such as English Lavender and the rare English Melissa Oil.

We'll even be giving you a little present to take home to say thanks for being our Friend. 

As a Friend of Denman, we want you to feel that you are important to us, so we hope you're able to join us! 

As you know, there are only so many bedrooms at Denman so we do hope you book asap to avoid any disappointment!

*Please note that the price says £370 to allow for your automatic Friends of Denman discount, therefore the total payable for this weekend event will be £333.

Selection of Workshops

Ashley Keen: Everyday Vegan Cookery
Don't be afraid - vegan cuisine isn't what you think it is! Join Ashley to create some delicious, seasonal balanced meals. You'll leave inspired and able to create dishes that aren't just made with Quorn!

Gary Mills: Inchies'
Inchies’ are small, creative squares, and are a new and growing trend in the world of mixed media art. In this workshop, you will be presented with a different range of techniques and designs working in shades of white only that will excite and inspire you to create your own versions of these miniature pieces of art. Build up your own collection, transform them into a contemporary pin squares for your quilting pins, or join 9 together to make an interesting centre for a cushion or a book cover or use them to decorate bags, purses and keyrings. The possibilities are endless!

Karen Jones: Stained Glass Mosaic Coasters
Learn how to cut stained glass to a template pattern, and then glue it into place. You will fill in the remainder of your mosaic with small glass pieces, incorporating a few of your own design elements. Additional cost of £10 per person for materials.

Janine Kilroe: Lino Cut Printing
Explore the creative fun and enjoyment of lino cut printmaking. Create your very own greeting cards, prints and more. Plenty of opportunity to explore a variety of techniques, tools and styles.  

Tony Padman: How to Write and Sell News and Feature Articles
There are 20,000 different publications covering every profession, hobby and lifestyle, and they need writers either on a permanent or freelance basis. This workshop includes guidance on everything from generating ideas and what makes a great story to asking the right questions, writing and editing. We will discuss journalistic skills, good and bad taste, and the newspaper and magazine industry. You will be given feedback on your writing at every stage and also the confidence to approach editors with your stories. 

Tony Kirwood: Funny Women
Come and enjoy the work of the funniest women who have worked in comedy. From Hylda Baker to Victoria Wood, women have taken control and created laughs on their own terms. This appreciation course will look at the great women who have made us laugh, whether in front of the cameras, from their typewriters or in the director’s chair. We will watch classic videos and recordings, look at archive material and discuss the changing and growing role of women in comedy. And we will laugh a lot.

WI Member: From £20.00


Non Member: From £25.00



Come and spend the evening with Ana Dores, Denman Tutor, demonstrating a selection of Portuguese dishes that can easily be recreated at home!

The evening will start with a glass of Sangria which Ana will demonstrate how tp make as well. Ana will cook a traditional Portuguese 2-course meal which includes a fish dish which will be served for supper after the demonstration. (All dietary requirements will be catered for).

Ana will be sharing her hints and tips on how you can get the best out of Portuguese cooking during the evening.

Outline of the event:

6.30pm- Arrival and glass of sangria

6.45pm- Demonstration

8pm- Supper served

9pm- Departure

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



Its back! We’re proud to present to you the return of the great Denman Bake Off – your chance to shine with your baking knowledge and complete a wonderful technical challenge!

In teams of two in Denman’s very own cookery school, you will be given a fun challenge, the chance to make something magical, have it judged by our experts and potentially win the second-ever Denman Bake Off! 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 - Introduction and demonstration of the challenge ahead

2pm - Challenge commences

3.30pm - Challenge ends

3.30-3.45pm - Judging takes place

3.45pm - 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 £80.00


Non Member: From £85.00



Join us for the first-ever Denman Open Experience Day! This is a great opportunity for those who have never been to Denman before to come and try it out for the day!

All you need to do is make the difficult decision of which two workshops you'd like to do!

Choose from the list below and then either tell one of our Guest Services team over the phone when you book or write out your choices when booking online. 

 

Outline of the Event:

10am - Arrival with refreshments

10.30am - 12.30pm - First workshop

12.30 - 2pm - Lunch break and time to visit the Denman shops

2 - 4pm - Second workshop

4pm - Tea, coffee and cake before departure

 

Workshop options:

Silver Clay Pendant with Louise Simmonds

Make a fine silver pendant using silver clay! You'll choose from a range of moulds, such as shells, charms etc which will be fired and polished and ready for you to take home. Additional material costs will be £20.

 

Tai Chi with Alan Baker

An introduction to the ancient art of Tai Chi for health of mind and body.

 

Digital Photography with David Clarke

Take control of your camera or smart phone - learn all about how to get better pictures, the simple way!

 

Flower Arranging with Christine Pearce

Do you just "plonk" flowers in a vase? How about learning to make a lovely hand tied bouquet instead and be the envy of your friends and family? Your vase would be pleased too at receiving beautifully arranged flowers! 

Additional material costs will be £20.

 

 

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



Join us for a special event with Patience Broad, lead trainer of the NFWI Training Team, as she guides you through how easy public speaking really is! During this one day event, you’ll learn all about relaxation and breathing, how to give an effective announcement, leading a discussion and more! The event will be filled with exercises to increase your confidence and develop your voice.

Programme for the day:

9.30am – arrival with tea, coffee and biscuits
10am -12.30pm – first session

12.30-1pm – light lunch

1-4pm – second session
4pm – afternoon tea, end of event and evaluations

WI Member: From £65.00


Non member: From £95.00



Denman is delighted to be working with Search Press, the leading art and craft publisher in the UK bringing together some of the UK’s best craft tutors for a one day spectacular event. On this special day, you will get to choose two workshops from the list below and you will spend 2 hours making something to take away with you, as well as being able to ask lots of questions to these fabulous tutors! There will also be the opportunity for you to purchase a selection of books from the tutors and other leading crafters.

List of workshops:

Debbie Shore- Toaster Cover from Debbie’s latest book, Sewing Room Secrets, Machine Sewing

Sachiyo Ishii- Pompom Polar Bear with needle felted embellishments, inspired by her Pocket Pompoms book

Corinne Lapierre – Felt Owl from her book Folk Embroidered Felt Birds

Alistair MacDonald– Padded Coat Hanger & Scented Bag from Alistair’s Love to Sew: Quilting On the Move

Mr X Stitch (Jamie Chalmers)– Cross Stitch Gift- more details to follow!

 

When booking, please make sure you have your workshop choices to hand. You can either tell the Guest Services Team member on the phone, write it in the requirements box when booking online, or email us on marketing@denman.org.uk

 

This is going to be a truly unique event - and one not to be missed!

Outline of the Event:

9.30am Registration, welcome teas and coffees

10.00am: Your first workshop

12.00pm Buffet lunch

13.30pm: Your second workshop

15.30pm: A chance to purchase books and network with the other delegates/tutors

16.00pm: Departure

 

search press tutors pics

 

Tutor Biographies:

Sachiyo Ishii

Sachiyo Ishii was born and raised in Japan. She was a money broker on Wall Street and in London before discovering the joy of handicraft after her second son was born. She learned dressmaking and Waldorf doll making and has been designing and creating dolls and toys ever since. She teaches knitting, doll making, wet and dry felting, sewing, crochet and spinning, among other crafts. She has authored 13 titles for Search Press and her work regularly appears in craft magazines. Sachiyo lives in Sussex with her husband and two sons. Visit her website at www.knitsbysachi.com.

Debbie Shore

Multi-award winning Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and presenter. Debbie has hosted live fashion shows, produces her own range of fabric and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is a bestselling author and has written 19 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie’s new club website, www.halfyardsewingclub.com

Alistair MacDonald

Alistair MacDonald studied fashion design at Central St Martins School of Art in London and set up his own womenswear label, House of Alistair, in 2008. Working from his own studio in Savile Row, he has become a highly respected and well-known fashion designer. Alistair's love of Liberty fabric has fuelled his imagination to design and create a range of craft and textile products and gifts. Alistair’s books with Search Press include Pompom Noel, Crazy Garlands & Bunting and Quilting on the Move. See Alistair’s website, www.houseofalistair.com

Corinne Lapierre

Corinne Lapierre developed a passion for crafts and textiles from a very young age, and has always had an avid desire to learn about traditional techniques such as weaving, dyeing, silk painting and embroidery. She studied Fine Art in France before moving to the UK to study Fashion Design in Manchester. After working as a fashion designer for a few years, Corinne studied millinery, through which she discovered felt and its many qualities. In 2009 Corinne started her own craft business as a felt maker. Corinne makes regular appearances on Create & Craft TV and lives in Yorkshire with her three children and two cats. Visit her website www.corinnelapierre.com.

Jamie Chalmers

Jamie Chalmers took up cross stitching over fifteen years ago and has never looked back! He is an active leader in the online stitch community and what he has dubbed the new embroidery movement’ and is active on various social networking platforms. He is a regular feature at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and The Handmade Fair, appearing alongside craft celebrities like Kirsty Allsopp, Poppy Chancellor, Patrick Grant and Annie Sloan. He loves introducing new people to the benefits of embroidery from a creative and wellbeing standpoint and is proud to be an ambassador for this ubiquitous craft. His website is www.mrxstitch.com

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Denman is proud to welcome Jennifer Nadel, an award-winning journalist, who in 2016 alongside award-winning actress Gillian Anderson, released the book "WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere". 

Gillian and Jennifer, friends for more than a decade, created an intensely practical guide for individual healing and change. It's the road map for life they wish they'd had and a rallying cry for women to try a different way of living. Most of us know that the way we are living at the moment - our 'me'-based culture -  isn't working. Rates of depression and self-harm are soaring and so are the levels of inequality. It is time to find a different, fairer and more compassionate way of living. To take the journey from "me" to "we". Combining tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, We provides a path for dealing with the fallout from life’s inevitable emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges, and asks that women come together to create a fairer world. We's Manifesto is a call to a way of living that puts compassion at its heart. A declaration of intent to live differently -- to heal ourselves so that we can create lasting change in our own lives, in our communities and on a global level.

Jennifer will be joining us at Denman for an insightful talk, Q&A and book signing. This is an opportunity to find out more about how you can redefine success. 

Read an extract of the book here: https://www.wewomeneverywhere.org/extract 

 

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm - Arrival

2.30 - 3.45pm - Talk, Q&A and book signing

3.45pm - Denman premium afternoon tea

 

About Jennifer Nadel:

Jennifer Nadel is a qualified barrister, author, speaker and an award-winning journalist. She’s reported for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN from around the world. As ITV’s Home Affairs Editor, she was one of the UK’s most senior female television correspondents and set up and led a bureau of reporters, producers and crew. Her book on the Sarah Thornton case highlighted the way the law discriminates against women who’ve experienced domestic violence and was made into a BBC Film and Channel 4 documentary. Her investigative report from Bosnia for ITV showed that rape was being used as a weapon of war by the Serbs. It was later used by UN War Crimes investigators. Her most recent book, co-authored with Gillian Anderson, explores women's rights. Her most recent film told the story of Grenfell survivors still living in hotels. She is the co-founder of Compassion in Politics and speaks on a range of issues on both sides of the Atlantic.

About Gillian Anderson:

Gillian Anderson gained worldwide recognition in The X‑Files, garnering awards and critical acclaim for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully over the show’s nine-year run. Some of her many screen credits include The House of Mirth, The Last King of Scotland, and the acclaimed BBC miniseries Bleak House and Great Expectations. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her stage performance as Nora in A Doll’s House and won the Evening StandardTheatre Award for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Gillian is on the BBC and Netflix’s The Fall as DSI Stella Gibson, on NBC’s Hannibal as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, and Starz’s American Gods as Media. She is an activist, speaking out regularly on issues ranging from feminism to climate change and human trafficking. Born in Chicago, she lives in London with her three children.

 

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 £164.00


Non member: From £174.00



Denman is delighted to present a wonderful oneoff event hosted by one of our most popular tutors, Peter Lawrence. The event will start after a superb Denman evening meal with a talk from Peter entitled This Policeman’s Lot – From the Krays to the Crown’

After a restful night and delicious buffet breakfast at Denman, you will depart to Bletchley Park, the home of British code-breaking and a birthplace of modern information technology where you will spend the day exploring the site.  This is an event not to be missed!

Outline of the Event:

23rd April 2020

4pm - Arrival for tea and cake

6.30-7.30pm - Dinner in the Lady Denman restaurant

8pm - Talk with Peter Lawrence

24th April 2020

7.30-8.30am - Breakfast

9.15am - Depart Denman for Bletchley*

3pm - Depart Bletchley

4pm - Return to Denman, depart shortly after

*Please note a packed lunch will be provided for the trip to Bletchley Park.

WI Member: From £57.00


Non Member: From £62.00



We are going to the National Needlework Archive! Denman are excited to announce that we have arranged a trip to the NNA based in Newbury, Berkshire. The day will start at Denman for tea and coffee and then a talk with a member of the NNA. Following a Q&A and lunch, we will head across to the NNA for the afternoon which includes a visit to the conservation studio, a talk and viewing of 'The Country Wife' textile mural, a tour of the current exhibition, and of course, tea and lovely cake.  The afternoon will be introduced by Linda Connell, Director of the NNA and author of 'Textile Treasures of the WI'.

Outline of the Event:

10.30- arrival/tea & Coffee

11am- Talk and Q&A

12.30pm- Lunch in the Denman Restaurant

13.30pm- Coach departs for Newbury

2pm- Arrival and Tour NNA

4pm- Depart NNA

4.30pm Arrival back at 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. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Come and join us for a great afternoon with the wonderful Jo Pratt who will be demonstrating some fabulous recipes from her new book - The Flexible Pescatarian. For anyone looking to eat less meat, trying to balance their diet, a lover of seafood, or even a dedicated pescatarian looking for inspiration, then this will be right up your street! Jo’s global recipes are suitable for any occasion, with many providing creative vegetarian alternatives for fish-free days.

Jo’s latest book The Flexible Pescatarian is packed with tempting recipes that make cooking with fish accessible and easy for anyone. Whether catering for a large group or just for one, Jo’s simple dishes help you get to grips with everything from choosing, buying, storing, preparing and cooking fish and seafood.

Outline of the Event:

2pm - Arrival

2.30pm - Cookery Demonstration and Q&A

3.45pm - 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



Come and join us at Denman for a great afternoon with gardener extraordinaire Val Bourne. Val is a celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild, New Story of the Year and Columnist of the Year. Val contributes to Country Life, The Daily Telegraph, Amateur Gardening and Garden Answers among others.

She gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Val is a hands on gardener and a committed plant-aholic and she manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals at all – something she has always believed in. Her newest book, The Living Jigsaw published by Kew, explains how it all works.

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm - Arrival

2.30 - 3.45pm - Talk and Q&A

3.45pm - 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 Susan Bishop for a nostalgic look at leading department store Barkers of Kensington’s 1920s fashions. Drawing on Barkers’ original photographs and promotional material, Susan will paint a picture of the glamorous catwalk shows held at the store featuring the supermodels of the day. Then chairman, Sir Sydney Skinner, demonstrated great flair by launching his spectacular Fashion Display Hall to entice customers to view the latest fashions. In the midst of the Great Depression, this great British entrepreneur positioned Barkers as a luxury brand to rival Gordon Selfridges' Oxford Street emporium.

About Susan:

Susan Bishop is a Chartered Marketer, and has a Masters degrees in the History of Design and Material Culture and Fashion Curation. Susan teaches Fashion Curation and mentors students to design their end of year show for BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL).

Outline of the Event:

10.30am - Arrival

11am - Talk and Q&A

12.45pm - Lunch

1.30pm - 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 £57.00


Non member: From £62.00



Like Gin? Then you will love this event! Denman is delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity to visit the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Hampshire.

Denman tutor, Peter Lawrence, will start the day off at Denman with a light hearted look at the history of brewing and gin distilling in London.....By tapping into the artesian wells beneath London’s clay, brewing has been part of life in the East End of London for centuries.

After lunch, you will head to the historic Bombay Sapphire distillery, in rural Hampshire, where you will see the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of their gin. The tour will conclude with a complementary drink in the Mill bar!  

On your return to Denman you will be greeted with tea and cake before you travel home. Should you wish to stay the evening at Denman, there is an opportunity to book bed and breakfast, which you can do by calling 01865 391 991.  

 

Outline of the Event:

10am - Arrival

10-10.30am - Refreshments

10.30-11.45am - Talk by Peter Lawrence

11.45-12.30pm - Lunch

12.30-13.30 - Travel by coach to Distillery

2pm-3.30pm - Tour

3.30pm-4.30pm - Return to Denman

4.30-5pm - Tea, coffee and cake

 

 

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 £95.00


Non Member: From £100.00



Join two of Denman's most popular tutors; Norah Kennedy and Christine Pearce, for a day of willow making and flower arranging! During the course of the day you'll have a chance to attend two workshops where you will have the opportunity to make a willow basket and a class on displaying flowers to show them off! 

Workshops:

Willow - Using some very simple basket making techniques, you will create an attractive open basket ideal for displaying a flower arrangement or for displaying fruit - it's amazing what you can make in two hours! 

Flowers - Do you just "plonk" flowers in a vase? How about learning to make a lovely hand tied bouquet instead and be the envy of your friends and family? Your vase would be pleased too at receiving beautifully arranged flowers!

Outline of the event:

10am - Arrival tea/coffee

10.30am - First workshop

12.30pm - Lunch

13.30pm - Second workshop

15.30pm - Tea and cake before 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.