19th August 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have received Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ industry standard status for the South of England Agricultural Society and the South of England Event Centre, confirming that we have followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

To find out more about ‘Good to Go’ and ‘Know Before You Go’ go to visitengland.com



7th July 2020

The South of England Event Centre is ready to welcome its first major outdoor clients since lockdown.

“We’re delighted to have our long-standing client, IACF, back on site in July with its popular outdoor Antiques Fair”, says Duncan Rawson, Event Centre Director.

“And it’s also a welcome return for our first drive in movies since the lockdown – both events fully complying with latest Covid-19 guidance”.

The 150-acre Ardingly showground, convenient to Brighton, Gatwick, M23 and M25 motorways, is home to that star in the countryside calendar – the South of England Show.

Regrettably if understandably, this year the event has been cancelled. But Duncan says the site offers so much to companies planning to respond to pent-up visitor demand for outdoor concerts, markets, film shows and classic countryside competitions and has the space to enable social distancing for events of all sizes.

“It’s remarkable what we’ve got here’”, he says. “There’s the entirely level massive showground with a network grid of access roads. There’s the show ring in the middle, ideal for concerts, our first rate caterers on hand, and parking for up to 6,000 cars. But in addition to all that, we’ve also got some top class buildings and indoor conference and exhibition space.

“I’d urge anyone, planning for now or for when restrictions are further eased and needing a venue for a business meeting, conference, indoor show, even a family party, to come and see what we offer at the South of England Event Centre. I think you’ll be surprised and impressed.”

For further details, please contact 01444 892048 or eventcentre@seas.org.uk

For details on the International Antiques & Collectors Fairs go to iacf.co.uk and for details on the drive in movies go to cinestock.co.uk



30th March 2020

Following the decision by the Board of Trustees of the South of England Agricultural Society to cancel Spring Live! (2nd & 3rd May) and the South of England Show (11th, 12th & 12th June) due to current government restrictions, the Society is still hoping to proceed with a bigger and better than ever Autumn Show & Game Fair (3rd & 4th October) and Winter Fair (21st and 22nd November).

We are communicating directly with our ticket holders, members and exhibitors. If you would like any further information, please email hello@seas.org.uk. The Society will be running with a reduced number of staff over the coming weeks and months until we are able to start planning for our future shows, so please bear with us if it takes a little longer than you would like for us to respond.

The South of England Event Centre remains available to hire subject to compliance with current government restrictions. Please contact us on eventcentre@seas.org.uk.

On behalf of everyone involved in the Society, we would like to thank all those people who contribute to and support the shows and the charity. With our very best wishes to you and your families at this difficult time.

Iain Nicol

CEO, South of England Agricultural Society




20th March 2020

After considering the recent government announcements, it is with deep regret that the Board of Trustees of the South of England Agricultural Society has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the following events:

  • Spring Live! (Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May)
  • South of England Show (Thursday 11, Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June)

We are expecting and hoping to proceed with a bigger and better than ever Autumn Show & Game Fair (3 & 4 October) and Winter Fair (21 & 22 November).

We understand the impact that this decision will have on the individuals, organisations, businesses and communities that support our shows and we will work with them in the best way we can during this difficult time.

All existing exhibitor bookings, ticket purchases and sponsorship will remain in place and be transferred automatically to next year or to alternative dates and we will be contacting key stakeholders including exhibitors, ticket holders, sponsors and others involved in our events over the coming days and weeks.

The Board of Trustees and Directors of the Event Centre confirm that our venue remains available to hire subject to events meeting current government advice.  Click here for the latest information on events held by other organisers at the South of England Event Centre.

On behalf of everyone involved in the Society, we would like to thank all those people who contribute to and support the shows that are such an important part of how we fulfil our charitable objectives. With our very best regards to all of you at this time of great challenge.



13th March 2020

The Trustees, staff and volunteers of the South of England Agricultural Society are continuing with preparations for this year’s Spring Live! (2 & 3 May) and the South of England Show (11,12 & 13 June). The Event Centre also remains open for indoor and outdoor events.

Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing or our visitors, livestock and clients using the venue and we take their health and safety very seriously.

We work very closely with all relevant agencies including our industry body the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), Health & Safety Executive and Environmental Health Departments. We will continue to consult with them to ensure a proportional and appropriate response as the coronavirus outbreak unfolds.

We will continue to monitor developments and government advice, acting appropriately as required and advised. External organisers of other events who use the Showground are also taking advice and will respond accordingly.

For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19- information-for-the-public

If you would like to speak to one of our representatives about hiring one of our spaces contact us on:

01444 892048

See the space for yourself


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.

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


Vintage Toy & Train Collectors Fair

Event start: 29/05/2022 9:30 am

Buy, sell and swap Triang, Hornby, Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox Diecasts, Meccano, Lego, Action Figures, comics and TV/film merchandise.

Car Boot Sale

Event start: 29/05/2022 9:00 am

Every Sunday 9am - 2pm for visitors, sellers from 8am. Refreshments and toilets on-site - no need to pre-book, just turn up!! Outside, entrance is South Gate

South of England Show

Event start: 10/06/2022 9:00 am

Offering every generation the chance to connect with the countryside and have a great day out, the South of England Show features a non-stop programme of agricultural and equestrian displays, live entertainment, rural crafts, and an abundance of food,

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

Event start: 17/06/2022 10:00 am

Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction
Friday - Preview
Saturday - Sale

Wealdstone & Northolt CS Open Show

Event start: 19/06/2022 9:00 am

Canine open show


Make an Enquiry

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