The Hayes
Conference Centre

Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU

Complimentary tea & coffee

Award winning gardens & grounds

Spacious bar & lounge areas

Outdoor & indoor sports facilities

Stunning Chapel

Free Wi-Fi




Relax in stunning surroundings

The Hayes is situated in the Amber Valley, the heart of picturesque Derbyshire, an area that is rich in history and heritage. Set in 100 acres of award winning landscaped gardens, woodland and countryside, it’s a stunning setting for you to enjoy.

The centre is fully modernised and finished to a high standard, with state of the art event facilities, clean and comfortable bedrooms, and a bar and lounge area that makes a perfect place to end your day. The Hayes has plentiful leisure areas, including a games room, sports hall and outdoor sports area.  


150 years of history

The Hayes was the first Christian Conference Centre in the UK.

The centre was built in the 1860s as the home of Mr Fitzherbert Wright, the builder of St Pancras Station and great, great grandfather of the Duchess of York. However, just 50 years later in 1910, Fitzherbert Wright’s son sold the estate to the company that then adapted it for use as a Christian Conference Centre.

This peaceful rural retreat was transformed during the Second World War by the arrival of German POWs. Known as Camp 13, The Hayes was the site of one of the most daring escapes of the war when five German prisoners, including ace fighter pilot Franz von Werra, successfully tunnelled out of the camp while the POW choir distracted the guards. The events were later turned into a film The One That Got Away starring Hardy Kruger.


Set in 100 acres, our beautifully maintained gardens are a stunning backdrop to your stay.


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