About Us

ABOUT US

The South of England Event Centre is located at the South of England Showground, in between London and Brighton in the heart of the South East.

With over 25 years of organising all manner of events, from conferences and exhibitions to festivals and parties, we have the space and expertise to create an unforgettable occasion to be proud of. Run by a professional, friendly and dedicated team, our clients know they’re in safe hands when it comes to realising their vision, whether it’s for 10 people or 10,000.

From our stunning location, versatile spaces, skilled chefs and extensive list of trusted suppliers, we can provide the facilities you’ll need, whatever the requirement. Home to the famous South of England Show, we’re also adept at organising events that see up to 110,000 visitors pass through our gates every year.

The South of England Event Centre belongs to the South of England Agricultural Society, a charity which funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning. All money generated from our venue hire goes directly towards supporting the Society’s valuable charitable work into all aspects of agriculture, including animal husbandry, horticulture and forestry. The charity is passionate about promoting knowledge and understanding of the countryside to secure a thriving rural environment for the future. To find out more about the Society’s charitable projects visit www.seas.org.uk

We are also deeply committed to adopting targets which reflect the organisation’s ethos and values of sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices. We’re also proud to have a ‘zero’ to landfill policy with all our waste recycled or converted to energy.

If you would like to speak to one of our representatives contact us on

01444 892048

See the space for yourself

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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.

Kieran Diamond
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.

Kathy Flood
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.

Liz Bennett
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.

Judith Stanley
Funeral Tea

The hire of the Abergavenny barn, Stockman’s building and outdoor space at the South of England Showground provided an excellent venue for our recent charity fund raising day that included trading stalls, family fun activities, donkey rides, sports events and a music concert. The large car park facilities and flexible use of the buildings lent themselves perfectly to our requirements. The showground staff were most helpful and obliging and we wouldn’t hesitate to use the facilities again in the future.

David Henry
Kenley Fundraising Event

Events

South East Marts – Machinery Sale

Event start: 27/04/2019 7:00 am

We conduct ‘On-the-Farm Auction Sales’ of farm machinery, livestock equipment, rural bygones, agricultural collectibles and vintage tackle, as well as both livestock and dairy auctions throughout the South East of England.

South of England Wedding Fair 2019

Event start: 28/04/2019 11:00 am

The South of England Wedding Fayre is one of the best Wedding Fairs in Southern England!

Spring Live! 2019

Event start: 05/05/2019 9:00 am

This year’s Spring Live! will be held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and promises a jam-packed programme of interactive activities to keep everyone entertained.

Aces High Flyball Competition

Event start: 11/05/2019 7:00 am

Aces High Flyball Competition

Mid Sussex Auctions – Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction

Event start: 24/05/2019 10:00 am

Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction

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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.

Tel: 01444 892048
Email: eventcentre@seas.org.uk

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