Looking to hire a venue for your event? Our vibrant 150-acre estate offers a host of unique event spaces, providing the ideal backdrop to any occasion.
Set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and located just 36 miles from London and 20 miles from Brighton, we’re perfectly situated in the centre of the South East region.
Whether you need a concert showground, business meeting room, exhibition space or private party venue, our showground is amazingly versatile and can be adapted for any bespoke event, large or small.
Home to the famous South of England Show, we’re adept at organising events that see well over 100,000 visitors pass through our gates every year.
The South of England Event Centre is a wholly owned subsidiary of the South of England Agricultural Society. All the profits generated from our venue hire go directly towards supporting our charitable work to fund and support agricultural education and countryside learning. We’re also proud to have a ‘zero’ to landfill policy with all our waste recycled or converted to energy.
Need parking? Up to 6,000 vehicles can park for free on-site. If you’re travelling by rail or air, we’re easily accessible from mainline rail stations and just 11 miles from London Gatwick Airport.
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Whether you’re looking for the perfect meeting room or the location for your next conference – we’ve got the space for success. We’ll create a bespoke package tailored to your business or group.
What a fantastic Venue. Easy to use and set in a great and beautiful location with good access and a very helpful and professional support team
MPM Events Ltd - Patrick Turner
Organiser, The World of Park and Leisure Homes Show
As a conference centre, the showground at Ardingly has always delivered a first class service. The venue is large and provides sufficient car-parking spaces. Being in the centre of Sussex - its easily accessible - no matter what direction you are coming from. The conference facilities are clean, spacious and elevated overlooking the grounds. The catering is exquisite and always served at the appropriate time. I would highly recommend this venue to those that run seminars, training days or management meetings.
Money Matters Seminar
Our first impressive of the room (Ardingly Room, Norfolk Pavilion) when we walked in was impressive, it was beautifully laid out. The food was excellent and there was nothing that could have been improved upon.
Sussex County Bowls Luncheon and Prizegiving
We have had so much positive feedback, including “the venue was great” and “the refreshments were excellent”. We can’t thank you enough for all your support – it made all the difference and I know it will lead to many more local events. This was a great start to the scheme in a fantastic setting.
Mid Sussex South Community Voluntary Service
I just wanted to say very many thanks to all involved with organising and catering for Mother's funeral tea. From our perspective, from set up to close, it could not have been smoother and, given the circumstances, it was lovely to know that everything was in hand so that we had nothing to worry about. We cannot think of anything that could have been improved upon and it was exactly as we had hoped for. Our guests were comfortable and relaxed and they obviously enjoyed the food - some very favourable comments were made with recommendations to others along the lines of 'you must just try.
Pick It Up Put It Down
Event start: 25/09/2021 9:00 am
Pick It Up Put It Down is a fitness/music festival. Crossfit exercise and fun with all proceeds going to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance
South of England International Horse Trials 2021 & The NAF National Junior Championship Final
Event start: 25/09/2021 7:00 am
Established in 1974, the South of England is one of the longest running horse trials in the country. We offer a fantastic event for both competitors and spectators at the South of England Showground with some of the best facilities to be found
Autumn Show & Game Fair
Event start: 02/10/2021 9:00 am
A perfect autumnal day out for all ages (and canine companions) featuring a plethora of ‘have a go’ countryside sports, displays and activities, and mouth-watering food & drink and great shopping.
Paws in the Park Show
Event start: 09/10/2021 9:30 am
It's time to get out and have fun with your dog! Come to Paws in the Park show for a feast of fun with your furry friend, including have a go activities, arena displays, lots of competitions - and lots of great shopping!
Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies – Stamp Fair
Event start: 09/10/2021 10:00 am
40 Stamp and Postcard Dealers in attendance
Sussex and British Thematic Association Competitions
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At the South of England Event Centre, we have the space for your event to succeed. If you would like to know more about our event spaces or have a question about how we can help you make the most of your event, please contact us.