Founded by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) in 1948, Denman offers a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day schools and residential courses in 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, offering a wonderful escape from the world. From the range of courses on offer and the dedicated team of tutors, to the outstanding catering and individually designed bedrooms – every aspect of your course and time at Denman has been developed to provide a memorable experience.
The WI Cookery School welcomes anyone with a passion for cooking to come and extend their range of skills and experience. The school caters for all levels of ability with courses for the novice cook to the accomplished chef – all with local and seasonal produce in mind. 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, T’ai Chi, flower arranging, computer skills, aromatherapy, 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.
Denman makes learning a comfortable and delightful experience in a setting surpassed by few other establishments.