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

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: 6

Tutor: Michelle Parkinson

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath TagoreWe will use our restorative practice to help ground us physically and mentally. The asana practice will... 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: 9

(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: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Monday, 10 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Anna Steven

Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites are inextricably linked. See Exeter college where William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones were both students and view their early work in the student union murals of King... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 14 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

(2 other dates available)

Tutor: Jason Boden

Tai chi offers the beginning of a new way of thinking and moving, which can prolong your active life, help heal old injuries, and deal with stress. This course will introduce you to the graceful... Read More

WI Member: £230.00

Non Member: £260.00


Starts: Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 12:00PM
Ends: Friday, 14 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 1

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Henry Howarth

Learn how to solve cryptic crosswords on a course that is designed for beginners and delivered in a relaxed and friendly manner. The course starts with the simplest ideas and easiest types of clue,... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 14 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 16 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Liz Prest

Shrug off the old and on with the new !Find out what really does work for you in colour and style for this spring - and beyond. Say goodbye to the winter wardrobe and start planning around the best... Read More

WI Member: £490.00

Non Member: £540.00


Starts: Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 21 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

Tutor: Debrah Martin

Have you always thought you had a book in you, but never quite got round to writing it? Well, now’s your chance!Join Debrah – a best-selling author in her own right – and tease out your story... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 21 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 23 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 11

Tutor: Jessica Feinstein

Have you always wanted to find out about your family’s past but never had time? This brand-new course will show you how to do it!

WI Member: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Monday, 24 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

(1 other date available)

Tutor: John Vigar

Five hundred years ago the country was dotted with monastic houses from enormous churches like Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, home to hundreds of canons, to the tiny Bilsington Priory in Kent, with... Read More

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: 11

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: 8

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: 7

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: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 09 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 16

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 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: 11

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 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: Friday, 13 March 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Tony Kirwood

Learn the extraordinary story behind the greatest theatre the world has known. When Shakespeare and his actors built the Globe in 1599 they took drama, language and ideas into a new realm. Over the... 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: 11

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

(1 other date 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: 8

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