New to the 2024 festival

A good festival brings fan favourites and new experiences. Across the festival floor you will discover an abundance of familiar immersive experiences. Picture rejuvenating yoga sessions, blissful massages, and the sheer joy of cuddling adorable furry friends. This year however, we are excited to be launching new wellness and social activities, watch this space for more info!

People Library

There are many ways that we learn and a big part of this is through storytelling! This is not a normal library! Our human ‘books’ are available for our visitors to ‘check out’ during the show. You’ll get real one-to-one insights from people with a broad range of experience within and around the profession. Hearing these first-hand experiences facilitates conversation and another opportunity for shared learning at the CIPD Festival of Work. You’re able to check out as many ‘books’ as you like during your time with us, and with such a broad range of topics, you’ll be sure to find your favourite ‘best-seller’!


Our 'Hackathon' is designed to harness the collective wisdom and expertise of delegates across all stages of the event, aiming to address an overarching question that ties into the festival's content. Twice a day, we invite you to participate in these 1.5-hour interactive sessions. The format includes a 10-minute briefing, a 65-minute discussion, and a 15-minute outcomes session. You'll engage with fellow professionals, thought leaders, and industry experts, as we explore the seven stages of the show: Workplace Transformation, Responsible Business, Wellbeing, Employee Experience, L&D, Internal Comms, and EDI. Our goal is to gather a comprehensive set of outcomes that reflect the collective knowledge and expertise of our diverse audience. The outcomes generated during the Hackathon will be displayed on a dedicated board, fostering further engagement with the audience both during and after the show. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to be part of a transformative shared learning experience, shaping the future of work and driving meaningful change. Join us at the Hackathon and contribute to the conversations that will leave a lasting impact! It's the next level of discussion!


In partnership with Mesmerise, an established leader in virtual reality experiences, products, and services. Mesmerise are an accessible and dependable guide to this emerging world, and we give our clients the chance to experience new technology with ease. Mesmerise marries cutting-edge technology and robust data with immersive and human-centric design. The Metaverse at work offers interactive environments where teams can collaborate and co-work. If your organisation recognises the potential of immersive technologies like VR and AR, but are unsure where to begin? Leave it to us. We’ll help you navigate this changing technological landscape—and understand how its unique opportunities can transform your enterprise. It’s time to discover a new way of working. You can take a tour of their VR workspace environments such as the Boardroom for staff meetings, the Theatre for content delivery and learning and development, or why not relax with some of your team in the breakout room.

Employment law drop-in clinic

In partnership with CIPD HR-Inform, you’ll be able to take advantage of free employment law legal advice, whether this is something affecting your business or you personally. These free, 20-minute meetings with a legal advisor can be pre-planned at a time that suits you during your visit, or you can simply drop by and speak with a professional.

Wellbeing Village

Wellbeing is a topic still high on everyone's agenda. We also appreciate that attending an event can be very tiring, so it is important that you’re able to take the time to reflect on learnings, or simply to relax! The Wellbeing Village is here for you. As well as talks and advice on all aspects of mental and physical health, there will be breathing workshops, mindfulness exercises and financial advice. If you want to get the blood pumping a little more there will be yoga sessions and fully qualified masseuse available when you drop by. Feeling in a more reflective mood? Why not take some time out on our colouring wall if you fancy just taking your mind off things for a little while.