Denman is the WI’s centre for learning, imparting knowledge and practical experience in the fields of cookery, craft and lifestyle. Everyone is welcome – men and women, members and non-members – we can even cater for groups of friends or hen parties who are looking for something a bit different. Set in the picturesque village of Marcham, near Oxford, the Georgian mansion and 17 acres of grounds provide a relaxing environment for learning.
The WI Cookery School, supported by Stoves, is the jewel in Denman’s crown. It was opened in April 2009 to create the opportunity for anyone with a passion for cooking to extend their skills. There is also a range of courses for families to attend, so even the smallest members of the family can get hands on!
The WI Craft School brings together experts in their field to offer a wide variety of art and craft courses ranging from patchwork, flower arranging, watercolours, silver jewellery and willow work to stained glass, calligraphy, carving, textiles and sugarcraft – the choice is endless and caters for all abilities and interests.
Lifestyle courses at Denman are developed to cater for the mind, body and soul. The range includes something for every interest – historical visits, photography, Tai Chi, walking, flower arranging, computer skills, fashion and a whole array of music and singing courses.
Everyone is welcome to stretch their mind and fill their senses at Denman.