Wide angle photo of the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre complex

Hinxton Hall Conference Centre Open Afternoon 2023

by Amy Sullivan, Conference and Events Organiser

Last December we held our first Open Afternoon, inviting event planners and anyone interested in the venue to take a look around our facilities, and meet the team and a number of our regular suppliers.  Conference and Events Organiser, Amy Sullivan, provides us with a round-up of the event.


Tuesday 12 December 2023 saw Hinxton Hall Conference Centre open its doors to welcome visitors and give them the opportunity to explore our venue and its exceptional facilities.

This was also a chance for some of our trusted suppliers to highlight their services to an industry-specific crowd, with some exhibitors giving real-time tasters, such as an event-branded photo booth and an inflatable version of ‘The Cube’.

The event had a festive feel, thanks to the Christmas playlist and the wonderful seasonal catering. The Christmas bakes and fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, were particularly popular!


Bite-sized Christmas cake and mince pies topped with sugar decorations


Who were the delegates?

Local event planner delegates from various sectors came from as far as London, keen to explore the Conference Centre’s offering. Our team were happy to begin new professional relationships with these individuals, and provide information and contact links.

'The Kube' by Zing Events, with paper targets top be shot at with a Nerf gun

The Kube by Zing Events

Who were the exhibitors?

The Conference Centre has strong relationships with a range of suppliers who exhibited at the Open Afternoon:

Ben McDade Photography – Ben is an experienced advertising and editorial photographer, specialising in people. He has photographed many events for us.

Hadley Marquees – the Conference Centre’s expert marquee hire supplier.

The Little Horse Picture Booth – Adam Prescott is a master at capturing the ‘feels’ of any event. His company offers a very unique setup, covering both indoor and outdoor settings.

Meet Cambridge – Cambridge’s official venue-finding service, of which we are a proud member.

Restaurant Associates – bring fabulous hospitality to life at Hinxton Hall Conference Centre. They connect people through innovative menus, a sustainable spirit and ultimately delicious food.

Richmonds Coaches – Richmond’s have been provide a high-quality service to both the Conference Centre’s delegates and the wider Campus for a long time.

Venue Audio Visual – support the conference team with all aspects of audio visual at the venue, and we simply wouldn’t wish to partner with anyone else.

Zing Events – whether you’re looking for a specific virtual, hybrid or in person team building activity to engage staff, Zing are able to meet your needs with their ever growing portfolio of exciting activities.

A huge thank you to our wonderful suppliers for their outstanding support during the event, and in general!

Ben McDade sat at desk speaking to two visitors to his exhibition stand, with examples of his photos behind him

Ben McDade Photography

Chris Watson from Venue audio visual standing at his exhibition stand talking to a visitor

Venue Audio Visual

Who took the photographs?

The marvellous Keith Heppell from The Cambridge Independent covered the event.

Did you miss it?

If you were unable to attend but are interested in finding out more, do contact the team at conference.centre@hinxtonhall.org or 01223 495123, or take a look at our virtual tour.

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The teams behind the Hinxton Hall Open Afternoon - events and kitchen teams - standing in front of the Christmas tree and the Francis Crick Auditorium

The super team behind the Open Afternoon!

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