Catering Services

Function catering for your event to succeed

Serving up a wide range of catering options

Working in conjunction with our catering partners Hardings Catering, our showground has a reputation for producing delicious, freshly prepared and enticing culinary dishes for all occasions.

Hardings Catering is one of the leading independent caterers in the South East, with over 20 years’ experience in the business and a reputation for excellence. Providing food for some of the most prestigious events across the region, menus include the finest seasonal ingredients from independent local suppliers throughout the county.

Whatever your event, the Hardings team will work alongside you to create a delightful dining experience for your guests. Specialising in all aspects of function catering, from simple breakfast buffets to lavish evening banquets, we can work with you to develop bespoke options to meet your individual requirements. Download the sample menu for inspiration.

For large-scale events, we also have established links with a wide range of mobile catering suppliers which specialise in providing on-site gourmet food to cater for all tastes.

To discuss our bespoke and mobile catering options contact us today to find out more.

Find out more

Our dedicated events team is on hand to answer your questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Got a question about our Catering Services for your event? Get in touch.


If you would like to speak to one of our representatives 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


Car Boot Sale

Event start: 16/05/2021 8:00 am

Every Sunday 8am - 2pm for visitors, sellers from 7am. Refreshments and toilets on-site - no need to pre-book, just turn up!!


Event start: 23/05/2021 10:00 am

Tombola, refreshments and plenty of spares, what more could you want on a Sunday Morning. If you have any enquiries or wish to have a stall then please use the phone number above or email

The Big Purple Psychic & Holistic Fair

Event start: 23/05/2021 10:00 am

Large and friendly, the Big Purple Psychic and Holistic Fair is a one of a kind event where you can participate in meditations, workshops, and talks.

The Jukebox & Retro Fair

Event start: 29/05/2021 10:00 am


South of England Show

Event start: 11/06/2021 9:00 am

Offering every generation the chance to re-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,


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