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: £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: 7

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: £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

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: 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: £130.00

Non Member: £150.00


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

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: £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: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 11 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 6

(1 other date available)

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 Members: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 11 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Barry Collett

No, this isn't Cockney rhyming slang, but rather a look at two contemporary Romantic composers who had completely differing attitudes towards music. One continued the great Germanic symphonic... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 11 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: Carl Attwood

During and after WWII, music was a vital element of everyday life. On the radio, Housewives’ Choice provided popular songs ranging from the Andrews Sisters to Zez Confrey and light orchestral music... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Friday, 15 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 17 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

(2 other dates 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, 15 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 17 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 14

Tutor: Tony Padman

This beginners’ course will introduce you to the basic skills required to write articles that you can get published.  There are 20,000 different publications covering every profession, hobby and... Read More

WI Members: £130.00

Non Member: £150.00


Starts: Saturday, 16 November 2019 at 10:00AM
Ends: Saturday, 16 November 2019 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 4

Tutor: Jessica Feinstein

A full introduction to researching your own family history, taking a professional approach to help you create a family tree to be proud of. This informal course will give you an understanding of... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 18 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Available spaces: 10

Tutor: Brian Jaques

More investigations into the private lives of English words. The course is particularly tailored to further the interests of those who enjoyed the introductory ‘What’s In a Word?’ courses.... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 22 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

Tutor: John Vigar

Take a journey through Britain from the 16th century in the company of famous and little known diarists from the comfort of your armchair. A look at 400 years of writing a diary. Why have people put... Read More

WI Member: £230.00

Non Member: £260.00


Starts: Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 29 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Sue Simms

Mah jong means the twittering of the sparrows. Learn to play this Chinese game of 144 brigands using tiles (like dominoes) and the skills of rummy (a nursery card game). This is a new course aimed at... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Sunday, 01 December 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Tuesday, 03 December 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

Tutor: Anna Steven

Celebrate the Advent season by walking through Oxford to see the Christmas lights before the glorious choral evensong at Christchurch Cathedral. The next day, after a visit to the Sheldonian Theatre... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 02 December 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

Tutor: Kate Eckersley

Singing for Christmas is for anyone who loves to sing. If you want to learn interesting songs and improve your singing voice as well, this is the course for you!

WI Member: £130.00

Non Member: £150.00


Starts: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 at 10:00AM
Ends: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Peter Street

It was the Victorian era which first witnessed the making of and major importance of Christmas in English society and many of the traditions linked with that Festival. The course explores why this... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 06 December 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 16

Tutor: Jo Sercombe

If you’re facing a hectic Christmas season, why not award yourself a pre-yuletide holiday, and come sing some uplifting festive soul! With Christmas songs by Motown’s favourite artists including... Read More

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

(1 other date 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 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: 19

Tutor: Carl Attwood

A study of artistic expressions from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque periods, but be prepared for some surprises from recent times... Give yourselves a weekend of respite care in the midst of this... 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: 19

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: 5

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