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.
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.
"Little Mix" Summer 2020 Tour
Event start: 14/07/2020
"Following the latest government advice Little Mix are extremely sad to announce the cancellation of their upcoming UK Summer tour. The band are heartbroken not to perform this Summer, but the health & safety of Little Mix fans is their No. 1 priority."
Kingston Canine Society Dog Show - CANCELLED
Event start: 19/07/2020 9:00 am
International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Event start: 21/07/2020 7:00 am
International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF) – are the organisers of the biggest and very best UK antique fairs.
Dog Agility Club - CANCELLED
Event start: 25/07/2020 9:00 am
The Agility Club runs a weekend KC Championship show every year, with classes for all sizes and grade of dog. We have qualifying heats for the most prestigious events such as Crufts and Olympia.
Prams, Dolls ‘n’ Bears - CANCELLED
Event start: 01/08/2020 9:30 am
PD'n'B have secured the most amazing space to host our event. With over 3,500m2 of indoor and under cover space, and the extensive outside grassed area, we are sure to attract the largest gathering of Pram, Doll and Bear enthusiasts seen to date.
The drive in movies that start in July are proving popular! And now Cinestock has added comedy nights too. Find out… https://t.co/Cs8QrJT8Q9
Great to be part of @gdbmembership 😀👍 https://t.co/DggUBLADWb
We are thrilled to be welcoming back our first clients since lockdown with @IACFAntiqueFair on 21st & 22nd July and… https://t.co/SWBTlpjE8p
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.