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People First develop a new Conference Centre with a twist…

Happy New Year from all the team at The People First Conference Centre & Hospitality Academy !

We have a busy  start to the year with decorating, new equipment and Bistro planning -watch this space. Plenty of new room bookings coming in already so thank you from our Hospitality Learners for your support in choosing our venue and helping people learn new skills for work.

Please note our New Year offer for our Ground Floor Rooms at just £80 for the day!

The People First Conference Centre is an excellent modern venue, but what makes us different is our values…

Affordable and ethical conference and meeting spaces designed around you and hosted by the People First Hospitality Academy.

When you book a conference with us, your money goes towards improving the lives of some of Cumbria’s most vulnerable people.

We offer an affordable alternative to traditional conference centres. Value for money, being fairly managed and excellent quality aren’t just statements, they are truly at the core of our existence.

Open now for your reservations, enquire here 


Our Hospitality Academy:

Our Carlisle Conference Centre is unique,  it is hosted by our Hospitality Academy learners who have learning difficulties. We provide valuable training and work experience to enable people to gain the skills needed for their professional development.

Click here  to find out more information and read our teams blogs.

We are your ideal venue for your:

  • Conferences
  • Business meetings
  • Celebrations
  • Exhibitions
  • Presentations
  • Product Launches
  • Networking events
  • Leisure events
  • Drinks receptions
  • Private dinners

Where we are:

Situated close to Carlisle railway station and plenty of parking close-by, The People First Conference Centre is very accessible and is set on the bank of the River Caldew which offers a relaxed setting with the impressive backdrop of Carlisle Cathedral and Carlisle Castle.

Find us now on our map and see that we are surrounded by no less than four car parks:

click here

About our rooms:

We boasts a modern, comfortable Conference Room which seats up to 150 people. The latest technology has been used to ensure delegates get a superb audio, visual experience. This is a room suitable for most events and offers total flexibility for your event, whether it be a conference, exhibition or celebratory event; the Conference Room is sure to impress your guests.

Take a look at our main conference room here

Seven more rooms for your use, from smaller, cosy and informal rooms for three to four people, to larger rooms accommodating between ten to twenty-eight people.

With such great flexibility of our spaces, we are able to offer a truly unique experience for your guests.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner:

Like an army, a meeting often marches on its stomach. Take plenty of breaks and walk around our grounds and indulge in the healthy (and maybe some not so) refreshments.

Your money supports Cumbrian businesses!

Take a look at what we have to offer here

Our welcome:

We will be offering visitors our warm ‘People First Welcome’ offering fresh coffee and tea in our spacious lounge. The dedicated team of experienced hospitality professionals and learners wish to offer a professional, yet personal service which will put you at ease and ensure your day runs smoothly.

You will wish to return again & again…

To make a reservation or for more information please contact a member of our team by completing our enquiry form

Got a question or would like to know more? Get in touch…

By phone: 01228 550696

By email: 

Prices 2019

Rooms 3, 4 & 9 (max capacity: 9 people). 

£15 per hour

Additional options:

  • Flowers and Fair Trade Confectionery £10

Room 5 (max capacity 4 people).

£7 per hour

Additional options:

  • Flowers and Fair Trade Confectionery £6

Room 7 & 8 (max capacity 18 people).

£25 per hour

Additional options:

  • Flowers and Fair Trade Confectionery £16

Room 6 (max capacity 150 people). 

£260 per day

Additional options:

  • Flowers and Fair Trade Confectionery £6 per table

Please get in touch to talk about charity & block booking discounts


For more information on our Best Life and Hospitality Course, please click here

For more information on our Conference Centre, you can see our full press release below:

Milbourne Street Press Release


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