A new style conference for outdoor hospitality and event professionals on 22-23 March 2020.


Now in its second year, the Open Air Business Gathering is a relaxed and fun experience (see testimonials!) where 150 delegates have the opportunity to learn, socialise and network in the tranquil surroundings of Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire.


Comprising an opening party, conference day and plenty of networking time, we invite you to join us.

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Tickets are limited to qualifying individuals – 40 in the Function Venue sector, 40 in the Glamping sector, 40 in the Outdoor Events sector and 30 in the Resort & Retreat sector.


The conference is delivered in these three sector streams but, once registered, delegates are very welcome to expand their open air business horizons by swapping between streams.

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2020 Provisional Programme


• Who is your Customer?
• Pricing
• Breaking into Corporate Events
• Wildflower meadow management
• Planning permission Q&A


• Policies and procedures
• Compliance
• Sustainability at all scales
• Wildflower meadow management
• Planning permission Q&A


• Securing sponsorship
• Sustainability at events
• Vibing a site
• Volunteer Management
• Booking artists

Resort & Retreat

• International lessons
• ‘One Planet’ holidays
• Seasonal experiences
• Luxury outdoors
• Future trends

Thank you very much for an inspiring Open Air Business conference at Hothorpe Hotel last weekend. I enjoyed every aspect. You and the team laid on an excellent event which you should be really proud of.

Adrian JohnstonChief Executive, Newark Showground

I would just like to thank you - it was a pleasure to be involved with the event. My colleague Richard Goodwin had mentioned how good the event had been and very well organised with excellent topics.

Annabelle GardnerEvents Manager, CLA Midlands

Just wanted to say thank you for inviting me as a speaker. I loved it. Such a great event and much needed in our industry. I would love to support next year.

Sarah OrchardOrchard Marketing Associates

Well balanced, informative, topical, and up to scratch on content.

Mike SandsDeputy Director, Secret Widget Fest

I think the streaming worked well, while still giving people the option to swap to other streams. Lots of people learning new things.

Mary CorfieldEvent Director, Greenbelt

A breath of fresh air for the industry - thank you for such an important learning opportunity

Lisa EvansGlamping Entrepreneur

2019 Headline Sponsor

2020 Sponsors

2019 Tradestands

Boutique Camping
Clear Sky Safari Tents
Event Equipment
Flying Hire
Future Ticketing
JR Event Services
Kart Fit / Party Karts
Kelly Chandler Wedding Consulting
Morel and Co
Premier Luxury Loos
Redwood Event Solutions
Rural Mortgages
Rural Roots
Sarah Orchard Marketing Associates
Smallwood Treehouses
Solar Technology
The Log Company (Wood Fired Hot Tubs)
Treetop Co
Triggerfish PR
Where Next Design

2019 Pictures

Some 2019 Attendees

Alive Activation
Anglia Adventures
Aubrey Park Hotel
Bexsimon/Trew Holidays
Beyond Digital
Brookside Yurts
Canvas and Stars
Cherry Lets
CJ and FM Evans
Farndon Fields Farm
Feral Science
Gileston Manor
Godwick Hall & Great Barn
Gooseberry Field Glamping
Grangewood Farm & Forestry
Greenbelt Festival
Heart of England
Helmingham Hall Gardens
Hidden Hideaway

Hillbrooke Hotels
Hillfields Farm Events
Home Farm Events
Hothorpe Venues
Huntsmill Farm
Just So Festival
Largan Estates
Long Valley Yurts
M5 Living History Show
Magical Festival
Manor Farm
Maverick Venues
National Trust Holidays
Newark Showground
Once Upon a Woodland
Over Farm
Papermill Park Ventures
Pattys Barn
Penistone Agricultural Show
Port Lympne Hotel
Port Lympne Reserve
Redhill Holidays

Round the Woods
Secret Widget Fest
Seven Hills Hideaway
Shades Canvas
Shays Farm
Stourton Estates
Teepee Con Amici
The Barn on the Bay
The Brock Treehouse
The Hop Garden
Timber Festival
Top Farm (Marsham)
Towersy Festival
Townsend Brothers
Upsticks Glamping
Vegan Kids Festival
Vicar’s Picnic
Wild Rumpus
Wildwood Forestry
Woodlands Festival
Worcester Re-enactors

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