The Leys

Conferences & Events


Great Hall at The Leys is one of the largest conference facilities in the centre of Cambridge, suitable for a wide range of events including conferences, seminars, meetings, presentations and exhibitions.

Great Hall is situated at the heart of The Leys' 50-acre city campus, within one of England's premier independent schools.

The Leys is centrally located, close to major road links including the M11 and A14, and is only a short walk or taxi from Cambridge train station.

Great Hall provides a dramatic setting, bringing together Theatre and Conferencing.

Great Hall's auditorium can seat up to 337 delegates and is complemented by a large, bright foyer which is ideal for exhibitions, registration, networking and catering. These main spaces are supplemented by five supporting venues, with capacities of 18-100 delegates, to suit a wide range of meetings and break-out activities.

Conference areas are fully accessible to all users, with lift access to all floors.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered throughout Great Hall.

Meeting rooms come equipped with notepads, pens, tent cards, water, cordial and sweets, as well as a stationery toolbox and Guest Information Pack.

A range of AV/IT equipment is available, with a dedicated technician on hand to ensure that all technical aspects run smoothly on the day. The theatre comes equipped with lectern, PA, projector, screen and laptop. Classrooms have interactive whiteboards, and additional equipment can be supplied as required (please enquire for price list).

Food and beverage is supplied by our in-house catering team. We offer a networking buffet lunch with a range of tasty and healthy options; as well as tea, coffee, juice, cakes, pastries and fruit options on arrival and at break times throughout the event. Fresh, healthy ingredients are sourced locally where possible, and we can accommodate most dietary requests.

Three inclusive lunch options are available. Please see below for price details and sample menus.

The purpose-designed facilities of Great Hall provide a flexible environment which can be tailored to meet specific requirements.

Great Hall is located within The Leys campus, where we have grounds available for team building activities. We also have our own Sports Centre on site, including swimming pool and gymnasium.

Although unable to offer accommodation or evening dining ourselves, we can work in partnership with local hotels and colleges to provide options to suit your delegates' needs and budget.

We can also arrange additional activities to enhance the experience when staying in Cambridge, such as traditional college dinners or chauffeured punting tours. We are just a few minutes walk from other Cambridge attractions including the Fitzwilliam Museum and University Botanic Gardens.

All lettings are fully supported by our in-house events team, with a wealth of experience in running theatrical and corporate events.

Please see the tabs below for more information, or read our Conference Brochure.

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We are passionate about delivering high levels of customer service in a friendly, professional and flexible manner.



Meeting Rooms

Explore our meeting rooms and venues within Great Hall. Click each image for more information.

  • Stylish, comfortable auditorium suitable for conferences, seminars, receptions, exhibitions, product launches, performances, etc.
  • Choice of seating (up to 337 delegates) or flat-floor space.
  • The auditorium can be extended into the Foyer Room to create an exhibition or reception space, with the stalls seating fully retracted for a large flat-floor area of over 200m2.
  • The large stage is also available for presentations or additional exhibition space (+100m2)
  • Large ground-floor room suitable for receptions, meetings, lectures, exhibitions, refreshments, etc.
  • The room can be extended into Entrance Foyer area, and/or can be used as an extension to the Auditorium to create a large exhibition or reception space of over 200m2.
  • When using the Great Hall Auditorium, we recommend that the Foyer Room is used as a reception space for your refreshments and registration.
  • Large 10m x 10m room suitable for receptions, meetings, presentations, exhibitions, etc.
  • Located within the John Harding Drama Centre, this medium-sized room is suitable for meetings, small lectures, or as a break-out space.
  • Capacity 21-60 depending on layout.
  • Located within the John Harding Drama Centre, this medium-sized carpeted room is suitable for meetings or as a break-out space.
  • Capacity 16-24 depending on layout.
  • Suitable for boardroom or classroom.
  • Located within the John Harding Drama Centre, this medium-sized carpeted room is suitable for meetings or as a break-out space.
  • Capacity 16-24 depending on layout.
  • Suitable for boardroom or classroom.
  • The Baroness Trumpington Gallery is a medium-sized carpeted space suitable for receptions or a small break-out space. It is also the foyer for the Theatre Circle and Middleton Studio venues.
  • Food and beverage can be served in the Trumpington Gallery for Great Hall events.
  • Medium-sized space suitable as a registration area and for 'meeting-and-greeting' your delegates. The café-style seating area opens onto an outdoor terrace and grass courtyard.
  • Can be used as a stand-alone space, or opened into the Foyer Room to create a larger reception or exhibition area.

Availability & Conference Rates

Conference Availability

Great Hall is only available to external users during our school holiday periods. This ensures that we are able to offer exclusive and unrestricted use of our facilities. Please enquire to discuss available dates.

Day Delegate Rates

Day Delegate Rate (Networking Lunch A)£49 per person
Day Delegate Rate (Networking Lunch B)£54 per person
Day Delegate Rate (Networking Lunch C)£59 per person

Subject to minimum number of 100 delegates. Prices valid until July 2018, inclusive of VAT.

Room-only Rates

 Full dayHalf Day
Great Hall Theatre & Foyers (exclusive use)£3,700£1,862.50
Great Hall Auditorium (Stalls/Flat floor only)£760£400.50
Foyer Room£392.50£208.75
Middleton Studio£445£235
John Harding Drama Centre
(Classroom 1 & 2 + Sandy Woods Room)

Prices valid until July 2018, inclusive of VAT.


  • Claire Payne, Director of Events & Domestic Services
  • Tel: 01223 508660

Sample Lunch Menus

Sample menus; subject to change.

Networking Lunch A

  • Chicken and Pesto Wrap
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese with Cos Lettuce and Red Onion Marmalade Wrap
  • Honey Glazed Ham and Sun Blushed Tomato Sandwich
  • Hummus and Char Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
  • Sausage and Cranberry Roll
  • Filo Wrapped King Prawn
  • Smoked Haddock and Leek Quiche
  • Tartlet of Roasted Peppers with Pesto
  • Tortilla Crisps and 2 Dips
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Fresh Fruit Platter

Networking Lunch B

  • Roast British Beef with Salad and Horseradish Cream Wrap
  • Feta, Char Grilled Vegetables and Rocket Wrap
  • Chicken, Bacon and Chinese Leaf Sandwich
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwich
  • Avocado and Goats Cheese Sandwich
  • Chicken Yakitori with Ginger Glazed Skewers
  • Griddled Aubergine Rolled with Feta and Rocket
  • Coconut Crumbed King Prawns
  • Camembert and Roasted Vegetable Quiche
  • Cheese Straws and 2 Dips
  • Lemon Tart
  • Tropical Fruit Kebabs with a Yoghurt and Mint Dip

Networking Lunch C

  • Hoi Sin Duck with Spring Onions and Cucumber Wrap
  • Salmon Watercress and Crème Fraiche Wrap
  • Greek Feta, Rocket, Olive and Cherry Tomato Wrap
  • Smoked Chicken and Guacamole Sandwich
  • Crayfish Tails with Lemon and Roasted Pepper Sandwich
  • Char Grilled Pepper, Avocado and Goats Cheese Sandwich
  • Beef Steak and Stilton Rosti
  • King Prawn Skewers with Chilli Dip
  • Mini Breaded Salmon and Dill Fish Cakes
  • Brie and Red Onion Quiche with Tomato Chutney
  • Vegetarian Dim Sum
  • Vegetable Crudités with 3 Dips
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Ginger and Vanilla Cheesecake



01223 508900

The Leys School