Wedding Fayre 2019

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Venue Cranfield Offers New Online Room Booking Service

We are delighted to have teamed up with HotelREZ, to offer our guests ease of booking rooms via our new online service.

Our website now offers date and room search so you can instantly check availability, along with secure online booking for your peace of mind.

The booking links are available on our website pages, where you can also find a full listing of our facilities.

Book rooms now at CMDC  and Mitchell Hall

Should you wish to discuss or book an event at Venue Cranfield, please email or call 01234 754341

‘Meet The Neighbours’ at Venue Cranfield

Mitchell Hall recently played host to a cross-border networking meeting and lunch enjoyed by members of three neighbouring Chambers of Commerce.

Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes Chambers came together for the ‘Meet The Neighbours’ event which was organised to help companies build up contacts with businesses across the counties.

Meet The Neighbours

With its unique position between Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes, Venue Cranfield was the ideal place to bring everyone together and Mitchell Hall provided plenty of space for networking with guests seated around large tables and given 60 seconds to introduce themselves and swap business cards before moving to a different table.

After the ‘speed networking’, there was a delicious buffet lunch prepared by Venue Cranfield’s catering team which included savoury snacks, a selection of miniature desserts and fresh fruit.

Jay Browne, Business Development Manager, Mitchell Hall said: ”We are delighted to once again host this event with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, and it’s great to see lots of positive networking between the members taking place. Venue Cranfield is the perfect place to host events such as these as we have such flexible meeting facilities and it’s so conveniently located for all three counties.”

To contact the team at Venue Cranfield to discuss your next event, email or call 01234 754341

Business Networking Event

Come and Meet the Neighbours!

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is holding a ‘Meet the Neighbours’ event at Mitchell Hall on Thursday 23rd March.

This annual networking event aims to bring together over 70 businesses from Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire and is a great opportunity for attendees to network and meet fellow businesses in a relaxed environment.

The event will take place between 12:00 to 14:00 and includes a light lunch.

If you would like to attend, tickets are available HERE:

Note: Maximum two tickets per company

Wedding Showcase

Our next wedding showcase on 26th February 2017 is a brilliant opportunity to see Mitchell Hall dressed for a wedding ceremony and to meet local wedding suppliers.

Come along to Mitchell Hall between 10am-4pm to speak to the team about planning your dream wedding!

If you would like to find out more about weddings at Venue Cranfield, request a brochure, or to arrange a show round, please do get in touch on 01234 754885 or email

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Would you like to work at one of the region’s most diverse and prestigious organisations?

We are recruiting and if you would like to talk more about the opportunities on offer then please contact by email: or Telephone: 01234 754343

We look forward to hearing from you.

Venue Cranfield Christmas Fayre

On Friday 2nd December, we opened the doors of Mitchell Hall to staff and students of Cranfield University, as well as students from the local primary school, Cranfield Church of England Academy, to celebrate our first ever Christmas Fayre.

Over 25 stallholders turned out to showcase their wares, and guests were able to pick up gifts as well as enjoy delicious hot Christmas food & drink, play games and even pay a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto. It was a fantastic Christmassy day and the Vice Chancellor even popped by to say hello to all the stallholders.

The Cranfield Church of England Academy raised an incredible total of £1700 for the school and we received some lovely comments from the Cranfield University community on how well the event went. The date is set for next year – were looking forward to our next Christmas Fayre on 8th December 2017!

Christmas Fayre

Christmas is coming!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Venue Cranfield, all the teams are getting ready for one of the busiest and best times of the year.    Decorations will shortly be going up, and we are putting the final touches to our Christmas Menus for our carvery lunches and party nights and enjoying the taste testing that goes with it!

We are really looking forward to hosting our first Christmas Fayre at Mitchell Hall ran in conjunction with the local school, Cranfield Academy.  We have lots of local people selling some lovely gifts and we are also hoping we may get a visit from a special someone dressed in red for the children to meet.

Our Christmas Party Nights have again been really popular and there’s just a handful of spaces left on the 10th and 17th December, so don’t delay in getting in touch if you are looking for somewhere to celebrate with your friends or colleagues.   

Further details ring Jackie on 01234 754341.

Cheque Presented to Willen Hospice after Ride for Willen Cycling Event

Venue Cranfield was delighted to present a cheque for £520 to Willen Hospice last week. Mitchell Hall, part of Venue Cranfield, was host to Ride for Willen, a cycling sportive organised by Willen Hospice at the end of August.

Over 200 cyclists took part in the sportive, with either a 20, 40 or 65-mile picturesque route around Cranfield and surrounding villages, raising over £5000. An off-road kids' challenge also took place, allowing the kids to join in too.

Once back to Mitchell Hall, a BBQ was enjoyed by all on the terrace and thanks to our sponsors Savona, Woburn Butchers, Eureka and Willam Yirrells Butchers, we were able to donate all money made from the BBQ to Willen Hospice, amounting to the sum of £520.

Jay Browne, Business Development Manager at Venue Cranfield said ‘It was fantastic to see so many cyclists and their families here at Mitchell Hall.  We hope the BBQ was enjoyed by all and pleased it raised a further £520 for the Hospice and its invaluable work.”

Sarah Sweet-Rowley, Events Manager at Willen Hospice commented “Thanks so much to the team at Venue Cranfield for hosting a great event and for donating the BBQ proceeds.We’ve had great feedback from the cyclists and after such great success, our plans are now firmly in place to hold the event again next year.”

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Ride for Willen Starts at Mitchell Hall

We are delighted to be the starting point for the upcoming Willen Hospice cycling event ‘Ride for Willen’ on the 29th August.  The event is a brand new Cycling Sportive event for Willen; offering three routes for cyclists to take in the picturesque landscape around the outskirts of Milton Keynes.  There’s a route for everyone with options of 20, 40 or 65 miles all starting here at Mitchell Hall, Venue Cranfield at 8.30am.

All routes are marshalled and signposted, with feed stations on all routes; plus all cyclists will be electronically chipped for timing.

Kids (ages 5-17) can also get involved with the ‘Cranfield Cycle Challenge’ around the University campus.

After the cycling, everyone is welcome back to Mitchell Hall, where there will be a family barbeque and refreshments.

Entry fees, which include race chip, medal and bib are £29 for adults; £19 for adults already registered to take part in the Extra Mile Challenge; and £14 for kids.  Cyclists are also being asked to raise individual sponsorship as well, to make as much as possible for Willen Hospice and the valuable work it does.

Jay Browne from Venue Cranfield says ‘It’s great that we can help support Willen and we look forward to cheering on all the cyclists here at Mitchell Hall.’

Further details of the event and how to sign up are here on the Willen Hospice website:

CMDC part of Venue Cranfield attends The Meetings Show 2016

Cranfield Management Development Centre (CMDC) attended The Meetings Show exhibition that took place at London Olympia from 14th- 16th June. CMDC was one of five stand partners that collectively exhibited as part of the newly rebranded Venues of Excellence group (previously Conference Centres of Excellence).

The first day of the exhibition saw the launch of Venues of Excellence (VE); with The Meetings Show providing a great platform to launch the rebrand, helping to attract interest towards the stand and promote the profile of Venues of Excellence.

To the accompaniment of champagne and canapés, Stuart Websdale, Chairman of Venues of Excellence, gave a short speech to introduce the new brand to the attendees of The Meetings Show; explaining that: “The Board has reviewed the positioning of the brand within the MICE sector and recognised that there are venues within the broader hospitality sector eager to endorse their venue with a badge of excellence synonymous with the Conference Centres of Excellence brand.”

The show welcomed close to 5,000 industry professionals over the three days, providing many prospects for networking; while the vast range of educational sessions allowed for key knowledge growth. Jay Browne, Business Development Manager at Venue Cranfield, said: “It was a privilege to take part in such a recognised exhibition for meeting professionals. We would like to thank Venues of Excellence for inviting us to exhibit in partnership with them, and giving us the opportunity to forge new links with other professionals in the industry and to engage with visitors at the Show.”

Venue Cranfield announce they will be sponsoring Cranfest

Venue Cranfield are delighted to announce that they will be sponsoring Cranfest 2016.  The festival has had continuous success, raising money for a brilliant range of causes from year to year. This year’s festival is in aid of Chums and Diabetes UK and has already received a lot of interest from the local community.

The family friendly event taking place on Saturday 2nd July at 12 noon will mark the celebration of their 5th birthday; to honour this they have organised a great range of music acts from the likes of Indi and the Vegas, described as “Queen meets Prince and jams through the Jackson 5's greatest hits”, My Holiday Romance, The 45’s, Kastaphor and many more.

Bring along your dancing shoes, and pump up your football as entertainment and stalls will range from Salsa dancing, a penalty shoot-out, tennis session by SL tennis club, a foam machine and a special appearance from the famous Great Gapo.

To stay updated with news from Cranfest follow @Mitchell_Hall_ 

Tickets are £6 for adults, £5 for students and OAPS, £3 for under 16s and under threes are free and are now available to buy from Mitchell Hall reception, Wharley End, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL.

Cranfield Management Development Centre, part of Venue Cranfield, attends The Meetings Show

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