The Hayes
Conference Centre

Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU

For Sat Nav use DE55 1AT

Accommodation for 400

265 bedrooms

3 large conference halls

Over 20 smaller meeting rooms

Free Wi-Fi

Free AV equipment


Relax in stunning surroundings

The Hayes, in Swanwick, Derbyshire, has successfully been the market leader as a Christian Conference Centre since 1911, providing residential and day conference facilities for up to 400 delegates.

Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside with easy road, rail and air links, the Centre is well equipped to serve your conference with quality facilities, and friendly staff.


150 years of history

The Hayes 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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What our guests are saying

Lovely location. Lovely staff. Green peaceful environment. Lovely Yamaha 535 piano. Awesome!!!! Good hideout away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Nelly Tackie

Beautiful grounds, comfortable rooms, welcoming staff and a choice of gluten free cake!

Jane Paine

A great environment for a conference / training, good facilities. Clean rooms, Free Wi-Fi. Polite and friendly staff, big rooms - really enjoyed my time there!

S.B. Niles

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