Outings & Events

Every outing or event featured here are advertised through Flyers which are sent to the WIs in our monthly mailings. You can also download the current ones from this site by clicking on the appropriate events in the listings.

Bookings are made through your WI Secretary, you tell her that you would like a ticket for the event or trip and pay her the correct fee. She will collate all of the orders, complete the necessary forms and order the tickets from Federation House for you. We are sorry but at the moment we are unable to process ticket requests from individual members.

Sometimes events and visits are open to guests. However, our 4000+ Warwickshire WI members will always be our priority.

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Federation Quiz 2020

February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Knockout Round Monday 17th February at 7.30pm (see venues below) Final Monday 16th March Shrewley Village Hall CV35 7AN at 7.30pm Teams of up to 4 members (Maximum 3 teams per WI) Brailes Village Hall, OX15 5AS Budbrooke, St Michaels Church Centre, CV35 8QL Kenilworth Centre, CV8 1QJ Mancetter Memorial Hall, CV9 1QN Napton Village Hall, CV47 8LS Newbold on Stour Village Hall, CV37 8TR Wolston Leisure & Community Centre, CV8 3PD  

Serious Science 2 – Feb 2020 – Digital Autopsy

February 25 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm

…. Stepping away from traditional post mortems Speaker – Marianne Kipling, Post mortem CT radiographer with iGene Ltd Digital autopsy can assist the UK Coroners to reduce the number of open post mortems that they do in the UK, and provide a more holistic way of managing investigation into unexpected deaths. Using a CT scanner instead of a scalpel is a leap forward in technology, and provides greater dignity for the deceased and peace of mind for their relatives. Marianne…

Pep Up Your WI – tickets available £5

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Getting, keeping and enthusing members … Come and hear from 6 different WIs who will share their experiences and ideas which have helped to make their WIs as great as they are. Pick up tips and suggestions to use in your own WI from others who have built up their membership and developed their programmes to keep members coming back to meetings. Tea, coffee and biscuits included. We have plenty of space at this event and so tickets are still…

Tutankhamun … last chance

March 5 @ 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

The largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt comes to London for the last time! … Over 150 artifacts are coming to London and 60 have never left Egypt before! After a leisurely start at 9.30am we will travel to London to meet our top notch Blue Badge Guide at midday and begin our tour with time to buy a light lunch. After a coach tour through Kensington and Chelsea telling the story of Tutankhamun…

Let’s be drastic and say no to plastic!

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come along and learn why we should be cutting down on our use of plastic and how we should be recycling. Organisations such as the Waste Management team at Warwickshire County Council; the extraordinary recycler, Kebrina Barker; the Waste and Resources Action Programme, known as WRAP and Reyousable – Sustainability with Style will be represented, giving presentations and answering our questions. Includes - coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival and a light lunch of homemade soup and bread followed by…

2020 Annual Federation Meeting

March 30 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Changing the climate one member at a time... We are excited to announce our keynote speakers … The Butterfly Brothers JOEL AND JIM ASHTON Award-winning wildlife and garden designers, environmentalists and well-being ambassadors. Jim and Joel Ashton really are brothers! They encourage everyone to bring more wildlife into outdoor spaces. Joel and Jim are official ambassadors for Butterfly Conservation, a charity whose mission is to halt and to reverse the decline of butterflies and moths. They say “One of the most…

Serious Science 3 – Mar 2020 – Back to the Future

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Speaker – Dr Freya Harrison, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick Freya Harrison is a microbiologist at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. In 2014 she co-founded The Ancient Biotics Consortium to investigate remedies used to treat infection in pre-Enlightenment Europe. Colleagues from sciences, arts and humanities, aim to datamine historical medical texts to uncover patterns of natural product usage, and to identify, reconstruct and test remedies which may lead to the discovery…

Watercolour Art Workshop

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Would you like to try watercolours? Tutor Michelle Stamper has two interesting projects planned for our watercolour workshop … … we will be painting a rustic Tuscan farmhouse set in fields, or a collection of houses using pen and wash technique, this will give you a taste of the delights of using watercolours. Everything is supplied

Help! I’m a new IPad user …

April 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

People say you can do almost anything on an IPad- I just need to know how. Join us at Federation House for a Tips and Tricks Workshop where we will help you to make the most of your Apple IPad

Instagram Workshop

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Whether for your own personal use or to promote your WI this workshop will show you how to use Instagram! Please note that if are attending on behalf of your WI then the ticket cost should be paid from WI Funds. All other tickets should be paid for by individual members

Speakers Showcase 2020

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and listen to talks and presentations from the latest speakers auditioning to be featured in the Warwickshire WIs Speakers List. If your WI is looking for new ideas for meetings, you will find this an excellent opportunity to hear from new and exciting speakers to add to your programmes. Max 4 tickets per WI (Costs should be met from WI funds rather than by the individual)

OPEN TO NON MEMBERS – Rev Richard Coles – From Popstar to Priest!

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NOW OPEN TO NON MEMBERS ... Richard will talk about his life as part of the pop band The Communards in the 1980s, to when he was ordained into the Anglican priesthood in 2005, regaling us with many extraordinary and humorous tales of his journey. Tickets to this not to be missed event include a delicious two course lunch followed by coffee. This event is initially being offered to WI Members only but if space allows may be opened up…

English Paper Piece Patchwork Workshop

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our tutor Eirian has many years of experience with this type of patchwork, which is now enjoying a revival. A kit to make a small item such as pin cushion or needle case will be provided at a small additional cost of  £5 (payable on the day) Please bring paper cutting scissors and basic sewing equipment.  

Resolution Briefing Meeting

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Specialist speakers will provide expert briefings at this meeting on the final resolution(s) for 2020, which will be announced by NFWI in February. Up to two members are invited to attend this interesting and thought-provoking evening as the information given will be useful for discussion at your May meeting. This new venue offers a central location and plenty of parking in the adjacent public car park at a cost of £1 for the evening. Ticket costs are payable from WI…

Serious Science 4 – April 2020 – Sounding Stars …

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Speaker – Professor William Chaplin, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham and a leader of the NASA Kepler Mission We have now discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars in our Galaxy. Stellar systems, like our own solar system, are very common. In this talk Professor Chaplin will discuss how we are using NASA satellites and ground-based telescopes to study these newly discovered planets, starting with their host stars, and the prospects for finding signatures of life on…

VE Day Celebration

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The 17th century Alcester Town Hall, with its magnificent hammer-beam ceiling is the venue for our VE Day Celebration. We will be entertained by Kitten Von Mew, a leading 1940s entertainer and model, who has appeared in many national newspapers, television programmes and films. Why not dig out your dancing shoes and join us for an evening of singing & dancing from the 1940s. A licensed bar will be available also selling crisps and nuts

Embroidery Workshop

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Choose to work on either a Carrick-ma-cross heart rosebud sachet, OR a Mountmellick heart pincushion. Nicola trained at the Royal School of Needlework and spent ten years working in the British fashion industry as a sample embroiderer. She was a member of the team that created the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. Please bring an 8" hoop frame, a pair of scissors and magnifier/close up glasses. (£15 for kit payable on the day)

Burghley House Trip

May 11 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Burghley House near Stamford was designed and built by Sir William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth I and is one of the largest houses of the Elizabethan age. The kitchens and staterooms are especially worth a visit as are the extensive parklands which were laid out by Capability Brown. Your trip will include coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival and a 20-minute talk giving the history of the family and this amazing house. There is a restaurant where refreshments are…

Tastes of Italy

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Morning – Cookery demonstration by Adele from Rosa Cookery School, mix of savoury and sweet dishes with Olive Oil tasting Afternoon – Cotswold Mosaics demonstration with a ‘hands on’ session. Kit provided to make a coaster. Refreshments – Coffee and biscuits on arrival. Antipasti style lunch with Italian bread and homemade Sicilian lemonade all included in ticket price.

Photography Workshop

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Half day workshop with Denman tutor, David Clarke at Federation House and around the Saltisford Canal Basin. Aimed at those taking snaps on smart phones or small cameras of family/WI events and landscapes. Not too technical, focused on composition, how to achieve a ‘good’ photo. With useful handouts to take away. Two workshops are available 10am to 1pm OR 2pm to 5pm

Pomp & Ceremony

May 28 @ 7:45 am - 4:45 pm

We will meet our expert Blue Badge guide in Trafalgar Square at 10.30am for morning coffee (included in the ticket cost) before attending The Changing of the Queen's Life Guards, a little-known spectacle of immaculately groomed horses in scarlet and gold that takes place every day whatever the weather. As the guards disappear into the stables we step into the Household Cavalry Museum and watch as the troopers unsaddle their gear. Learn how to polish your boots and groom your…

Denman Weekend 2020 – book your place …

June 12 @ 3:00 pm - June 14 @ 4:00 pm

Friday 12th June 2020 - Sunday 14th June 2020 Come and join us for a fabulous weekend at Denman! If you have never been, this is an ideal opportunity to visit our wonderful college with the Federation! If you have been you will know you are in for a treat! You can use your WI Bursary or Denman Gift vouchers (ideal birthday and Christmas presents!) We have six fantastic courses to choose from. Each member wishing to attend must fill…

Lesley Smith as Margaret Thatcher ‘The Iron Lady’

June 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An evening with Lesley Smith who will give her dramatic presentation as Margaret Thatcher. From a grocer’s shop in Grantham to becoming Britain's first female Prime Minister. Admired by many, loathed by others. Come and discover her path to power and journey to 10 Downing Street!

Gin Lane

June 25 @ 7:45 am - 4:45 pm

In Georgian London the Gin Craze took hold. Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two with fresh straw to fall on. We explore the London immortalised in William Hogarth's Gin Lane from the rookeries of St Giles-in-the-Fields and Seven Dials to posh St Martin-in-the Fields. In the afternoon we tour London's oldest gin distillery. We will meet our Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am to buy morning refreshments before visiting St Giles, and as we walk across the old fields…

Mosaic Knitting Workshop

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Are you ready for more adventurous use of colour and pattern in your knitting? Then Mosaic Knitting is the workshop for you. Under the expert guidance of Dianne Bright come and create your own piece of Mosaic Knitting in two contrasting colours. If you know how to knit and slip a stitch, then you will achieve what appears to be a complicated colour pattern, while using just one yarn at a time! A further adventure will be to learn the…

2020 Treasure Hunt Southam

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join other WI hunters to solve the clues on the Southam trail. Never visited this Warwickshire town? Now’s your chance

2020 Grand Day Out – WINDSOR

July 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Following the success of our Grand Days out to Lincoln and Winchester we delighted to report that Johnsons Coaches have come up with another brilliant idea for the next Warwickshire WIs day out … Windsor With multiple pick up points across Warwickshire and free parking at local schools and venues this really should be a great opportunity for WI members and their guests to have a great day out in wonderful Windsor. There is lots to do and see in…

WFWI SHOW !

August 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Welcome to the Warwickshire Federation of WIs Show! As everyone really enjoyed the Centenary Show in 2018, your Board of Trustees thought you would like another opportunity to showcase the huge range of skills and expertise which we know our members have. Please enter as many classes as you are able to make this another wonderful show. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Download the Schedule and Entry Form here SHOW SCHEDULE ENTRY FORM (closing date for…

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