Lifestyle Courses


Lifestyle courses at Denman are developed to cater for the mind, body and soul. The range includes something for every interest – historical visits, photography, T’ai Chi, flower arranging, computer skills, fashion and a whole array of music and singing courses. The courses are designed for the complete beginner to the more accomplished practitioner – everyone is welcome to stretch their mind and fill their senses at Denman. Online booking is now LIVE! Our phone lines are incredibly busy so please bear with us! Skip the queues and book online below!

WI Member: £360.00

Non member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 13 December 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 15 December 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 10

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: Janine Kilroe

A gentle photography walk about with Janine Kilroe, a local Oxford photographer of 30 years experience. Learn the secrets and best locations to photograph Oxford as well as a bit of local history... Read More

WI Members: £575.00

Non Member: £635.00


Starts: Monday, 30 December 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 02 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Various Tutors

Spend New year at Denman and enjoy a of mix of workshops with some favourite Denman tutors, Beauty and the Beast Panto in Oxford, a Gala dinner, a Murder Mystery evening; music and magic -  all in... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 06 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 08 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

Tutor: Simon Gregor

Visitors started going to the battlefields of the First World War almost as soon as the conflict ended, to pay their respects and to learn more about the war itself.  Many people continue to do the... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 06 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 08 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Elaine Whittaker

Yoga and Qigong - gentle forms of movement that benefit mind and body, plus mindfulness practices for wellbeing. Workshops on stress management, strengthening your pelvic floor, and making healthy... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 06 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 08 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

Tutor: Sue Mckenna

Have you always wanted to learn another language but struggled at school or have distant memories of learning by rote and dreary lessons? Well, things have changed! This course will give you an... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 08 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 10 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 13

Tutor: Kate Eckersley

This is a cheerful, relaxed course to set you up for the start of the year. Singing is wonderful for expanding the lungs and raising the spirits. Come and join us in song. It is a well known fact... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 10 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 12 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Brita Forsstrom

Learn about posture improvement, stress alleviation and how to relieve the tensions and discomforts held in the body. This is a practical course for the whole of you – mind and body. You will get... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 10 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 12 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Louise Kelly

Get comfortable with your iPad. This course is for those new to your iPad and will help you understand the jargon, symbols and apps on your iPad so you feel more in control. Bring along your iPad,... Read More

WI Member: £195.00

Non Member: £215.00


Starts: Monday, 13 January 2020 at 12:00PM
Ends: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: Melanie Blaikie

Want to showcase the work of your business, your WI or just have fun with Instagram? Suitable for beginners, you’ll learn how to create engaging posts, tell your story, use hashtags, connect with... Read More

WI Member: £490.00

Non Member: £540.00


Starts: Monday, 13 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 16 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Chrissie Hall

Dig out that unfinished writing project languishing in a drawer or, if you're a beginner, come along to get inspired and start writing at Denman this winter. Overcome writer’s block and enjoy... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 13 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 1

Tutor: Diane Janes

You the Jury! returns with more cases which are completely new to Denman.Join the Denman jury for Denman Casebook 3. After  listening to the evidence, then discussing it with your fellow jurors, you... Read More

WI Member: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Monday, 13 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 17

Tutor: Anna Steven

The Ashmolean Museum, which started as a Cabinet of Curiosities founded by the Tradescants in 1683, now houses a vast array of treasures which it will be our delight to explore.

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 17 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: Roger Bird

What made jazz take off in the early 20th century? What were its influences and who were its early exponents? The exciting fusion of traditions, the colourful and talented players and the backdrop of... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 17 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 19 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Michelle Parkinson

The aims of this course are to give the practitioner new to yoga a thorough introduction to what is yoga! It's origins, philosophy, uses and practice. By the end of this course you will have a better... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 17 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 19 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Richard Partridge

This is an intermediate course for graduates of the beginners’ Kickstart Ukulele course who want to reinforce what they have learnt and progress a little further. It will suit anyone who can... Read More

WI Member: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Monday, 20 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 14

Tutor: Christopher Everett and Pam Hopwood

Winter is a time of dramatic beauty, when the environment is like no other time of year.  It can be wild, and it can sparkle. Enjoy scenic local walks in the Oxfordshire countryside to less-visited... Read More

WI Members: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 20 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 18

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: John Vigar

An Armchair Guide to the English Parish Church Discover the history and architecture of English churches from the comfort of the classroom. A lavishly illustrated experience will bring these... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 24 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 15

Tutor: John Vigar

Crenels (the dips) and Merlons (the points) Are the proper name for battlements. We associate them primarily with defensive buildings though this course will show you just how many different... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

WI Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 24 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Carl Attwood

Immerse yourself in the music of two of the greatest songsters of the 20th century – listen and sing! Although both American and popular they were very different musical personalities. Enjoy... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 24 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 26 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Michelle Parkinson

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore We will use our restorative practice to help ground us physically and mentally. The asana practice... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 31 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 16

Tutor: Jo Sercombe

The songs of Take That. This could the Greatest Day (or two) that you Never Forget. Jo's Patience will make you Shine while you sing A Million Love Songs. Could it be Magic, book on this course and... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 31 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 02 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Tony Kirwood

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... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 03 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 05 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: Heather Summers

Drumming is great fun, very focusing, a powerful way of making music with other people. It is accessible way into music as well as being a music genre in its own right. Working in a drum circle, you... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 05 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 07 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Heather Summers

Drumming is great fun, very focusing, a powerful way of making music with other people. This course is suitable for those who have done any of my Drum For Fun courses, or who have done a little... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 07 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 09 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 11

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Richard Partridge

An introduction to playing the ukulele. Students will be shown all the rudiments of playing the instrument: how to tune it, the most common chords used to accompany a host of well-known songs, simple... Read More