Public Events

Space to make your Public Event succeed

Space to suit any event or occasion

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:

  • Banqueting pavilion with stunning views
  • 50-acre purpose-built showground
  • All-weather arena
  • Large exhibition halls
  • Equestrian arenas and grass show rings
  • Indoor and outdoor sand schools
  • Marquee pitches
  • 45 stables
  • An assortment of covered buildings

Find out more

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


Case Studies

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Create a buzz for your event at the perfect venue

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.

Bespoke event hire packages in the South East

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.


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