Home to the annual South of England Show, our venue has a heritage that’s rich in event success.
Our venue has a range of all-weather halls and spaces to accommodate exhibitions of all sizes. With a total of 8,500m2 of space at your disposal, your exhibition can be indoors, outdoors or both.
For small to medium-sized exhibitions, our Norfolk Pavilion creates the perfect atmosphere. With five bright and modern rooms available over two floors, including on-site bar, WC and catering facilities, the venue can be hired as a whole or configured to meet your needs.
For larger exhibitions, we have the versatile Queen’s Jubilee Hall with ample WC and kitchen facilities. Two additional all-weather covered buildings are also available to accommodate every format and style of exhibition for thousands of visitors.
Free on-site parking is available for up to 6,000 vehicles so your guests won’t have to worry about where to leave their cars. We can also provide appropriate exhibitor loading areas and traffic management facilities to ensure the day runs smoothly for all involved.
The versatility of our showground means we’ve got space for success whatever the size or type of event.
Our dedicated events team is on hand to answer your questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Got a question about our Exhibition spaces? Get in touch.
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.
The hire of the Abergavenny barn, Stockman’s building and outdoor space at the South of England Showground provided an excellent venue for our recent charity fund raising day that included trading stalls, family fun activities, donkey rides, sports events and a music concert. The large car park facilities and flexible use of the buildings lent themselves perfectly to our requirements. The showground staff were most helpful and obliging and we wouldn’t hesitate to use the facilities again in the future.
Kenley Fundraising Event
South East Marts – Machinery Sale
Event start: 27/04/2019 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 South East of England.
South of England Wedding Fair 2019
Event start: 28/04/2019 11:00 am
The South of England Wedding Fayre is one of the best Wedding Fairs in Southern England!
Spring Live! 2019
Event start: 05/05/2019 9:00 am
This year’s Spring Live! will be held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and promises a jam-packed programme of interactive activities to keep everyone entertained.
Aces High Flyball Competition
Event start: 11/05/2019 7:00 am
Aces High Flyball Competition
Mid Sussex Auctions – Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction
Event start: 24/05/2019 10:00 am
Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction
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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.