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: £560.00

Non Member: £610.00


Starts: Monday, 23 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Jessica Feinstein

The National Archives is full of documents and records that will help you research your family history. Some of them can be seen online, but most of them require a visit to Kew. Although it is free... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 23 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 5

Tutor: Letta Jones

Making a garden less labour intensive, yet still attractive, all year round is the dream of many garden lovers. This course will explore how, by changing the layout and planting, a garden can become... Read More

WI Member: £230.00

Non Member: £260.00


Starts: Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 12:00PM
Ends: Friday, 27 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 3

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Henry Howarth

This practical course is for anyone who understands the principles of how cryptic clues work and how to solve them, and is now seeking to improve their solving expertise. During the course we will... Read More

WI Member: £500.00

Non Member: £555.00


Starts: Monday, 30 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 02 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 14

Tutor: Peter Lawrence

This course looks at the history of two unique residential developments in London, both completed in the 19th century due mainly to the presence of nearby royal palaces. It exposes how eager the... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 09 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 11 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 10

Tutor: Kate Eckersley

WI Members: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 11 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 13 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Available spaces: 9

(1 other date 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: Friday, 11 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 13 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Jo Sercombe

As the summer fades to autumn, celebrate the new season with a collection of happy songs to lift your spirits. Join experienced vocal workshop leader Jo Sercombe to learn a selection of sunshine... Read More

WI Member: £575.00

Non Member: £625.00


Starts: Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 18 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 15

(1 other date available)

Tutor: John Vigar

Many of our monarchs have had love interests outside of marriage. This course looks at lovers as varied as the Duke of Buckingham, Nell Gwynne and Daisy Countess of Warwick and looks at the history... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 18 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 5

Tutor: Peter Lawrence

This course offers an opportunity for W.I. members to explore the grand location that has hosted the Annual Meeting for decades. However the Royal Albert Hall is but one location in this part of... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Monday, 21 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 11

Tutor: Anna Steven

Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th Century Neo-Palladian British architecture, a unique collaboration between Lord Burlington and his protégé William Kent, and Osterley... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 21 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

(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

WI Member: £150.00

WI Non Member: £170.00


Starts: Friday, 25 October 2019 at 10:00AM
Ends: Friday, 25 October 2019 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Debrah Martin

What do you do with your novel once the first draft is complete? Here’s the secret… This course covers how to edit your novel, and what to look for in the editing process. It introduces... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 28 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Chrissie Hall

As we hunker down for shorter days and long dark winter nights we’re more likely to feel down as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) saps our energy and make us feel sluggish.  But research tells us... Read More

WI Member: £230.00

Non Member: £260.00


Starts: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 12:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 10

Tutor: Chrissie Hall

You’ve made a will, you’ve decided on a final resting place, you’ve perhaps even pre-payed your funeral - but what about your Eulogy?  Are you going to leave your family and friends trying to... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 01 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Peter Street

The course explores the significance and nature of death for and throughout 19th century (primarily Victorian) society  - from body snatchers, criminals, paupers and celebrities to the ruling elite... Read More

WI Member: £560.00

Non Member: £610.00


Starts: Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 03 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Jessica Feinstein

The National Archives is full of documents and records that will help you research your family history. Some of them can be seen online, but most of them require a visit to Kew. Although it is free... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Friday, 01 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 03 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Geoff Doel and Fran Doel

Many great and popular writers such as Lewis  Carroll, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, John Betjeman, Dorothy Sayers  and Colin Dexter, have been inspired by Oxford and have integrated... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Monday, 04 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 06 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 15

Tutor: Anna Steven

An exploration of the history, inspiration and craftsmanship found in many of our magnificent country houses. Visits will be made to the gloriously renovated 78 Derngate, Northampton, a delightful... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 06 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 08 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 16

Tutor: Jo Sercombe

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul have burst onto the movie musicals scene with box-office-busting films that seamlessly blend classic musical theatre sounds with contemporary pop styles; re-imagining... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 06 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 08 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 13

Tutor: Geoff Doel and Fran Doel

Explore the popular genre of detective fiction from its inception with Edgar Allan Poe to the fantastically popular Sherlock Holmes stories. Thence to the ‘Golden Age’ of detective fiction of... Read More

WI Member: £130.00

Non Member: £150.00


Starts: Thursday, 07 November 2019 at 10:00AM
Ends: Thursday, 07 November 2019 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Peter Street

In the centennial year of the unveiling of the Cenotaph the course considers initially how (and which) war dead had been remembered in the past and why remembrance of those who had died in the Great... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 08 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 10 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Alan Baker

The unhurried and effortless movements of Tai Chi are practiced with calm concentration making practice extremely pleasurable. In fact if the exercise is not comfortable and enjoyable you are... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Friday, 08 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 10 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Peter Lawrence

As with other great cities, our capital is evolving and none more so than the one square mile of the City of London. Recent new developments, including Crossrail and the Bloomberg development at... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Friday, 08 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 10 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 15

Tutor: Anna Steven

Frederick, Lord Leighton, the leading Victorian artist, made his studio and home at Leighton House, built to the designs of George Aitchison. We visit this Palace, with its grand studio, frequented... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 08 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 10 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Gill Avery

This is your opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities, all of which are FUN and suitable for all ages and abilities. Exercising and dancing to music will help to improve circulation, keep the... Read More