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: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 28 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Chrissie Hall

Research tells us that writing expressively is therapeutic, relaxing and good for you. It enhances well being and boosts self confidence. So, whether you have never written anything but shopping... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 28 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 1

Tutor: John Vigar

This course looks at the architectural history of the palace. From lavish Tudor mansion to royal palace in one generation it encompasses the ambitions of the Tudor Court. Within a hundred years it... Read More

WI Member: £490.00

Non Member: £540.00


Starts: Sunday, 01 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 04 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Gavin James

The night sky is a thing of great beauty, but can be daunting. Learn how to find objects of interest, view or photograph them and start to understand their nature. A practical insight to the world... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 02 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 04 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Carl Attwood

A gifted melodist, Rachmaninov composed many wonderful pieces as well as being one of the great concert pianists of his age. Much of his output is still relatively unknown and you will listen to his... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 04 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 06 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 5

Tutor: Jo Sercombe

The soundtracks of Sister Act and it’s sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit may be 25 years old but they remain every popular and have even spawned a West End musical show! Come and have a go at... Read More

WI Member: £600.00

Non Member: £650.00


Starts: Monday, 09 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 13 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

Tutor: Hazel Jones

Women of Jane Austen's rank, and of the gentry and lower aristocracy immediately above it, are usually considered as enjoying leisured lives, despite their many and varied domestic responsibilities... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 09 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 15

Tutor: Kate Eckersley

If you enjoy singing but are not sure how good you are, this course is for you. Come and learn about your voice and how to get the most pleasure from singing.

WI Members: £490.00

Non Member: £540.00


Starts: Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 10

(1 other date available)

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 body... Read More

WI Members: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 13 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Richard Partridge

This course takes a more in-depth look at two aspects of ukulele playing that are touched upon in Denman’s Kickstart and Fast Forward courses. Tab (short for “tablature”) is a form of musical... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 10

Tutor: Barry Collett

This course will examine the music of two composers, Haydn, who developed the Classical forms of the Symphony, Sonata and String Quartet and wrote a wealth of wonderful music, and Weber, who was... Read More

WI Member: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Friday, 20 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: John Vigar

Our parish churches are treasure houses in many different senses. This course looks at the weird and wonderful images, carvings and inscriptions that take us into another world of murder, sex and... Read More

WI Member: £490.00

Non Member: £540.00


Starts: Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Chrissie Hall

Writing your life story with a supportive group of like minded people is a wonderful reflective and enjoyable occupation. With help from an experienced specialist life story writing tutor you will... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 27 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 16

Tutor: John Vigar

How can a course about follies not be amusing? So often we have glimpsed a hill-top tower or derelict temple on the edge of a country estate and these exotic buildings can tell us so much about the... Read More

WI Members: £130.00

Non Member: £150.00


Starts: Monday, 30 March 2020 at 10:00AM
Ends: Monday, 30 March 2020 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Debrah Martin

Ever wanted to write your autobiography? But where do you start, and how do you turn fact into compelling (non)fiction? Autobiographies and biographies are still stories, and whether you are writing... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 30 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 01 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Ruth Brandt

This course will cover the elements which make up a compelling short story, including character, plot, setting, dialogue,and conflict, along with other, aspects of story writing.Written exercises... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Wednesday, 01 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 03 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

Tutor: Anna Steven

The Rothschild’s are synonymous with wealth and some of the most incredible houses and art collections. We will visit Waddesdon Manor, the grand French-style chateau created for entertaining and... Read More

WI Member: £575.00

Non Member: £625.00


Starts: Monday, 06 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 09 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 13

Tutor: Geoff Doel and Fran Doel

Hardy wrote of his use of 'Wessex': The series of novels I projected … seemed to require a territorial definition of some sort to lend unity to their scene. Finding that the area of a single county... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 06 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 08 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 11

Tutor: David Clarke

Use cameras, phones and tablets to take stunning digital images. Learn the basics of how your equipment works. Downloading to computers provided (or your own Laptop, phone, tablet) and practice... Read More

WI Member: £560.00

Non Member: £610.00


Starts: Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at 3:45PM
Ends: Friday, 17 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Christopher Everett and Pam Hopwood

With varied walks among the awaking spring countryside, we first briefly visit Bibury, en route to the surreal warren landscape by Foss Way, and look for rare pasqueflowers.  Further on, near the... Read More

WI Members: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

Tutor: John Vigar

Whatever our historical interest, the English country house provides us with a rich history into which we can dip. The architecture of these buildings is often well known but its detail can tell us... Read More

WI Member: £575.00

Non Member: £625.00


Starts: Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 19 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

(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 Members: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 20 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 22 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Liz Prest

Your individual look is influenced by colour. The choices you make can be swayed by the manufacturers, fashion trends, your moods, personal favourites or even the persuasion of others. This course... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 22 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 24 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Jo Sercombe

The name is Sercombe......Jo Sercombe. Join Jo to sing those iconic Bond themes. Further details will be added shortly.

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Monday, 27 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Anna Steven

Arts & Crafts gardens were a fantastic source of inspiration for William Morris in his wallpaper designs. We will visit Hidcote Manor garden (NT) created by Lawrence Johnson in the early years of... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 01 May 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 5

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Jason Boden

If ageing means declining health and flexibility and losing the energy of youth – why is it that millions of people in China retain these qualities and are able to age gracefully? This course will... Read More