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, 23 August 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Sunday, 25 August 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Chrissie Hall

Writing your life story is a wonderful reflective and enjoyable occupation. This course is designed to give you the help and inspiration you need to plan, write and organise your own unique life... Read More

WI Member: £560.00

Non Member: £610.00


Starts: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 30 August 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: John Harris and Christine Booth

We enjoy two contrasting walks in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty along the valleys of the river Cherwell and the upper Windrush. There will be ample opportunity to learn more about the... Read More

WI Member: £330.00

Non Member: £370.00


Starts: Friday, 30 August 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Monday, 02 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Alan Baker

Reinvigorate your lifestyle and feel better in yourself, for a healthier mindset and body. Cultivate good health in everyday activities, from looking at our posture when we sit, stand and walk to how... Read More

WI Member: £325.00

Non Member: £365.00


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

Tutor: Peter Lawrence

Part of the war effort during WWII was conducted in secret and remained so until relatively recently. During this course you will visit Bletchley Park, where the secret work of the code breakers took... Read More

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Monday, 02 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 04 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

(1 other date available)

Tutor: Anna Steven

Explore the history and development of Oxford college gardens from their monastic foundations to the glories we see today. From tantalising glimpses of gardens experienced by Alice as she fell... Read More

WI Member: £705.00

Non Member: £765.00


Starts: Monday, 02 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 06 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 0

Tutor: Hazel Jones

Georgian Miscellany Part 2 explores the realities of the Georgians' daily lives through a fascinating glimpse into their families and houses, their sports and pastimes, their education and... Read More

WI Member: £125.00

Non Member: £145.00


Starts: Monday, 09 September 2019 at 10:00AM
Ends: Monday, 09 September 2019 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 4

(1 other date available)

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: £400.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Monday, 09 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 16

Tutor: Carl Attwood

For centuries the Church has been at the forefront of musical innovation – from the earliest plainsong through to Lloyd-Webber's Requiem. If you can sing, at whatever standard, be prepared to do... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 09 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

Tutor: Liz Prest

Create magic by learning how to multiply items from the wardrobe into more outfits. This is a course to help you create workable, wearable outfits. There is not always a need to shop for new clothes,... Read More

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


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

(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... Read More

WI Member: £560.00

Non Member: £610.00


Starts: Sunday, 15 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

Tutor: John Vigar

What were the Wars of the Roses? This course explores the complicated stories surrounding the skirmishes and battles that marked the middle of the fifteenth century. They were more a power struggle... Read More

WI Member: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Monday, 16 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 14

(1 other date available)

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: £560.00

Non Member: £610.00


Starts: Monday, 23 September 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 8

(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: 4

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: 15

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: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Wednesday, 02 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 04 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 19

Tutor: Peter Lawrence

The course will take us back to a period of London’s history that coincides with the beginning of Denman College in 1948. A year that saw whole swaths of London cleared of bomb damage, awaiting... 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 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: £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: £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: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 18 October 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Sally Sheppard

It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and dance around the world, learn the basic steps and techniques from some of the worlds most fun and popular dances, you could be heading to Spain, Cuba,... 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: 8

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: £230.00

Non Member: £260.00


Starts: Monday, 21 October 2019 at 12:00PM
Ends: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 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: £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