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Surrounded by 8 acres of grounds, the Derby Conference Centre offers the perfect backdrop for any special celebration. This truly unique Art-Deco grade II listed venue is a hidden gem within Derby’s city centre. A distinctive landmark, rich with heritage, the building boasts a famous sunken lounge, beautiful sweeping staircase and has retained numerous period features, providing a beautiful setting.

Offering excellent facilities, our venue will provide a welcoming atmosphere for guests to share your special day and create beautiful memories, helping make your event the most wonderful occasion of your life.

We are centrally located on the outskirts of Derby city centre, within easy reach of the M1 and M42. Derby train station is only 3 minutes away and East Midlands Airport is close by.


Civil marriage ceremonies are a modern alternative to a church wedding, with the benefit of holding your wedding ceremony and reception under one roof. Our Civil Wedding Licence offers you the choice of five distinctive rooms in which to hold your marriage ceremony, seating from 20 up to 200 guests.

Additionally we are a registered venue for Civil Partnerships, allowing you and your partner to make a lifelong commitment to one another in an exceptionally individual venue.


We offer a superb choice of rooms for your wedding celebrations and evening reception, catering from 20 to 400 guests. All of our suites are versatile and can be adapted to suit your individual needs. Guests can make use of The Wyvern Bar, which is easily accessible from all of our rooms.

Couples have the full support of an experienced Wedding Co-ordinator who will be available to help with the planning and offer guidance for your special day. When the big day arrives, our Management team will be on-hand to ensure the smooth delivery of your dream wedding.


We understand that all weddings are special and unique for every couple. With this in mind, we encourage you to create your own tailor-made package consisting of canapés, menus and drinks of your choice. Our skilled Chef is more than happy to discuss menu ideas and themes.

For your convenience, wedding breakfast and buffet menus have been created, and we are more than happy for you to build your own menu from this list. We offer vegetarian options and are happy to cater for any special dietary requirements.


You and your guests can relax at the end of your event in one of our 50 bedrooms. The Derby Conference Centre boasts 50 en-suite bedrooms, offering a comfortable nights stay with a full English breakfast. Each room is extremely comfortable and comes equipped with a flat screen television and freeview, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, free Wifi access and complimentary car parking.

  • Magical Sunken Lounge with capacity up to 380 guests
  • Civil ceremony license and close to several churches
  • 8 acres of beautiful grounds
  • 50 ensuite bedrooms
  • Centrally located
  • Great value for money with flexible packages
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Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Derby Conference Centre

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Emily Sent on 11/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

"We can't thank you enough for everything you did for is. You honestly went above and beyond o help us and we hope you know how much we appreciate it. You were all so positive, happy and efficient.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Jonathan Sent on 19/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Fanstastic Wedding

"Fantastic Wedding, really enjoyed the whole experience"

Jonathan Smale & Adam Smale
Sunday 16th June 2018
Laura Sent on 19/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Nothing too much trouble

Laura & Simon Bradbury: Saturday 25th August 2018

"Excellent Nothing too much trouble. Eleanor was fantastic very helpful and friendly. Even though Laura was quite late the staff still made sure everything went to plan, the staff were amazing and worked really hard on the day. Joe was absolutely fantastic. thank you"
Vicki Sent on 03/06/2009
5 out of 5 rating

A hidden gem in Derby

We choose this venue for our wedding in May 2009. Words cannot describe how pleased we were with our choice. For civil ceremonies-perfect- the restaurant is set to make a perfect room, with a long aisle. We used the sunken lounge for our wedding breakfast but ther is a choice of rooms dependent on how many people you have. Getting married at 1.30pm left plenty of time for photos and guests to chill in the lovly sun that we were lucky to have. Everyone made comments about how beautiful it was, with the sky lights in the sunken lounge, the lighting was perfect much to our photographers delight. Staff, service and food were spot on. Being a conference centre, they are used to catering for huge numbers so 80+ was nothing to them. We had a carvey buffet, the food was fresh and plenty of choice which everyone loved. The grounds and stairs gave perfect opportunities for photos too. Rooms for guests to stay were very reasonable too. No bridal room though but I hope this will change soon. All in all I would recommend this venue is looked at as for the cost of some wedding venues, this was so amazingly priced but the day was perfect in every way. Would choose this venue over many popular wedding venues in Derby any day.
Bally Sent on 18/10/2007
4 out of 5 rating

Different from all of the other venues, very unique

I was very pleased with the venue and the service provided. The sunken lounge was amazing and so different to other venues. I would recommend the venue to everyone.
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06 Oct
Open Door

Join them at The Derby Conference Centre on Sunday, October 6th, 2024, at 11:00 am for an exciting event celebrating all things wedding! Whether you’re a bride-to-be, groom, or just love weddings, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Date: From 06/10/2024 to 06/10/2024 Schedule 11:00 - 15:00
Place: The Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Alvaston, Derby, Derbyshire

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