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DCN Conference 2024: book your place now

Category: Events
Published: 26 October 2023

Bookings are now open for DCN’s Annual Conference

We’re delighted to announce that the DCN Annual Conference will be held on 14-15 March 2024. If you’re a councillor or officer at a DCN member council, you can book your place now.

The event will again be held at the prestigious Sopwell House near St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

For our 2024 conference, we will look ahead at the opportunities and challenges our sector faces over the lifetime of the next parliament. Our 2030 and Beyond theme will consider how DCN councils can devise new and effective ways to deliver for our communities in areas including housing, preventative healthcare, net zero and growing economies.

Delegates will have the chance to engage with high-profile speakers, including Government ministers, MPs across the political spectrum, local government partners, leaders from the private sector and other walks of life. There will also be interactive sessions showcasing best practice and innovation in service delivery. The conference offers a golden opportunity to meet others in our network and find out how other elected members and officers are grappling with the same issues we face. The conference will include a drinks reception and gala dinner on the evening of 14 March.

Booking is now open – please click here to secure your place.

Useful information:

  • Conference registration opens around 11am on Thursday, 14 March
  • Conference finishes around 2pm on Friday, 15 March.

Accommodation at Sopwell House is limited and is offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so please book your place quickly if you wish to stay there. There will also be off-site accommodation, in nearby St Albans city centre at either the Premier Inn or Travelodge hotels. Free shuttle buses will transport delegates from them to and from the conference venue. The pricing for all options includes meals – two lunches, the evening meal and breakfast. We are in the process of arranging discount codes for delegates who wish to stay at any of the hotels on the Wednesday night, before the conference begins.


  • Conference plus Sopwell House accommodation: £499 + VAT
  • Conference plus City Centre accommodation options: £439 + VAT
  • Conference without accommodation: £395 + VAT

We do have special rates available for exhibitors, sponsors and other groups. If you are not from a DCN member council but would like to attend the conference, please email DCN@local.gov.uk to find out more.

Please book now to secure your place, at what is sure to be a popular event.

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