Welcome to the new Denman temporary website. It will be in place until our new and improved site is launched in November.

Denman is the WI’s centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day schools and short courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle. Everyone is welcome – men and women, members and non-members – we can even cater for groups of friends 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 Denman range includes something for every interest – from curries, cakes and crochet to papercutting, photography and Pilates – and the courses are designed to cater for the complete beginner to the more accomplished practitioner.

Browse our latest brochure here (PDF): Denman Course Brochure Nov 17 – Sep 18

To book call 01865 391 991
and speak to our guest services team.



Schools and Courses

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, 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.


To mid-November 2017, the Appeal has raised £487,151! Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!

Since the news of the college’s financial position was announced at Autumn National Council in 2015, many members have expressed their wishes to raise funds to support the future of Denman. A fundraising initiative was brought to the Denman Committee by a WI member from Wiltshire, Christine Hounslow, who is a Denman Ambassador and Guide. As a result the NFWI Board of Trustees agreed that Christine will take on a leading role in the appeal and will be a focal point for feedback. This appeal is aimed at federations, WIs and individuals. The money raised will be used for ongoing maintenance of the buildings and grounds.

How to Donate:
You can donate online using JustGiving. Click here to be redirected to the Denman page. 

Alternatively, simply send a cheque made payable to ‘Denman’ in the post to: Saving Denman Appeal, Finance Office, Denman, Marcham, Oxfordshire, OX13 6NW. If you are a UK tax payer, please click here to download a Gift Aid form and send it to us with your donation.

Whether you’re new to Denman or a long-term supporter, becoming a Friend of Denman gets you closer to the college. Not only will you have access to special events and this wonderful support network, but every penny goes towards securing the future of Denman.

Benefits include:

  • A welcome pack, including a membership card, for new members
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • 10% off all courses and events, including special events (the latter are not currently included in discount promotions)
  • Residential room of choice, where possible, with course attendance
  • Exclusive gift not available to buy anywhere else!
  • VIP & Front Row seats at special events

Friends of Denman Joining Fee: £75

To become a Friend, call 01865 391 991 and speak to our guest services team.

Contacting Denman

To book call 01865 391 991 and speak to our guest services team.

a: Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6NW 

e: info@denman.org.uk