Denman College is the WIs very own residential college offering a wide variety of day and residential courses........but did you know it is open to non WI members and men as well?
Denman is situated near Abingdon in Oxfordshire midway between Swindon and Oxford.
The college consists of Denman House, a beautiful Georgian building housing dining facilities, lounges, a bar and reception, a separate teaching centre, modern accommodation blocks and several acres of gardens and grounds.
Courses available include quilting, painting, various cookery courses, setting up your own business, dance, fitness, languages, meditation, embroidery, fabric corsage making, interior design, Tai Chi, crystal healing, drawing, silkscreen printing, Baroque Choral music, sugar craft, tracing your ancestors, bridge for beginners, jewellery making, heraldry and many many more.
The cost of courses varies from around £80 for a days course to around £250- £300 for a residential or weekend course - these do however include accommodation and three meals a day with endless tea, coffee and frequently home made cakes! (WI members pay less than non members for courses)Denman College offers bursaries towards the cost of courses and travel, and bursaries can also be applied for through Avon Federation.
The accommodation is modern, very comfortable and mainly single en suite rooms with larger rooms for those who wish to share.Non members and men are welcome so why not book a course with a friend or partner?
Denman College also offers very reasonably priced Bed & Breakfast accommodation - perfect for sightseeing in Oxford or shopping at Bicester or Swindon outlet villages!
Like many institutions Denman is feeling the financial pinch and there is a danger that if not used more by WI members ( and guests) this fantastic facility may be lost (see the November/December issue of WI Life).
A weekend at Denman is restful 'me time', a chance to learn or improve on an interest, skill or hobby but also very sociable even if attending on your own, and new friends are quickly made.