Private Events

Space for your Event to succeed

Choose the perfect setting for your private party

Throwing a party? The biggest decision you’ll make is choosing a venue for your function. The best parties start with the right location, space for success, and a team of professionals who care passionately about making your event as special as it deserves to be.

If you’re searching for a wedding venue, party venue or function suite for a prom, the South of England Event Centre is the perfect place for your occasion! Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a large scale celebration, our experienced and dedicated events team are on hand to help ensure the event runs smoothly so you and your guests can relax and have a fantastic time.

Our range of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, beautiful setting and excellent catering services mean our showground is the perfect place to host your private party.

See our venue for yourself with a visit.

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 Private Event spaces? 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


South of England Show 2020 - CANCELLED

Event start: 11/06/2020 9:00 am

Celebrating all aspects of the countryside from farming to fun - get 10% off tickets when you book online

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

Event start: 19/06/2020 10:00 am

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

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

Event start: 19/06/2020 10:00 am

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

National Pony Society Area 20 Summer Show - POSTPONED TO 16 AUGUST 2020

Event start: 21/06/2020 7:00 am

Open to everyone, you don't have to be a member to compete

International Antiques & Collectors Fair - CANCELLED

Event start: 23/06/2020 7:00 am

International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF) – are the organisers of the biggest and very best UK antique fairs.


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