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Our versatile 150-acre site is available to hire for any public event, no matter what the size. We offer a wealth of indoor and outdoor options, along with a team that’s dedicated to making your event one to remember.
Just an hour from London, accessible via the M23 or M25 motorways, you’ll find a location with a stunning backdrop and a range of spaces and facilities including:
Our dedicated events team is on hand to answer your questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Whether we’re hosting a pop concert or an international antiques fair, we have the expertise to make every event extraordinary. With a loyal customer base and demographic of active event goers in our region – there’s a ready-made audience waiting to book your event.
Our dedicated events team will tailor a package that meets your requirements exactly and assist you every step of the way.
Our space. Your vision. The South of England Event Centre will make it happen.
Think of us as a blank canvas on which you can paint every preference. Our team will work with you to accommodate all requests and create the atmosphere you’re after.
Why book the South of England Event Centre for your public event?
Dedicated events team with unrivalled expertise
Bright, airy indoor facilities and acres of green space
Perfect for fairs, exhibitions, concerts or festivals
Plenty of free on-site parking for up to 6,000 vehicles
Easy transport links by road, rail or London Gatwick Airport
Stunning countryside setting in the heart of Sussex
Full public liability insurance and health and safety compliance
Got a question about our Public Event spaces? Get in touch.
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.
South East Construction Expo
Event start: 26/09/2019 8:30 am
South East Construction Expo 2018 is the Premier Exhibition and Conference to build and maintain long-term business relationships with business leaders across the construction industry.
South of England Horse Trials 2019
Event start: 28/09/2019 7:00 am
South of England Horse Trials 2019
Autumn Show & Game Fair 2019
Event start: 05/10/2019 9:00 am
The Autumn Show & Game Fair is a great day out for fans of hunting, shooting and fishing, with lots of attractions to entertain the whole family.
South East Marts – Machinery Sale
Event start: 12/10/2019 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 day.
Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies – Stamp Fair
Event start: 12/10/2019 10:00 am
40 Stamp and Postcard Dealers in attendance
Sussex and British Thematic Association Competitions
See the thrills & spills of #eventing at The South of England #HorseTrials on 28th-29th Sep! Some 580 #horses will… https://t.co/td2qZe79lM
Great to have the #SoutEastMarts Dolphin Sheep Fair here yesterday! 🐑 https://t.co/wgBisbytfj
The South East Construction Expo at our Showground on 26th September offers brilliant networking opportunities, hig… https://t.co/VPZ6xoAwMN
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.