Sports and Leisure

Space for your Sports and Leisure Event to succeed

Set in 150 acres of grounds, there’s no need to set a limit on the size of your event. Are you looking to hire a venue for a vintage car show, bike event, cyclo-cross course, fun-run setting or pony camp? Our venue has hosted a wealth of different sporting and leisure fixtures over the years, which means we’ve got the expertise to ensure your event runs like clockwork. And we’ve got the space to make it happen.

Choose from a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces, including acres of woodland, to build a bespoke package to accommodate your event, either with or without catering. Our dedicated events management team will be on hand throughout the process to help with all the finer details so your visitors enjoy a fantastic day out.

Come and experience the versatility of our showground for yourself with a site 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 Sports and Leisure 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


Eden Crafts – South of England Crafts for Christmas Show

Event start: 24/10/2019 9:00 am

Eden Crafts are delighted to announce the return of the popular Crafts for Christmas Show at the South of England Showground Ardingly, W. Sussex RH17 6TL.

Classic Motorcycle Show and Autojumble

Event start: 27/10/2019 10:00 am

A must for all Classic motorcycle enthusiasts. The indoor Show features Special Guests, Club stands, private exhibitors. The autojumble always attracts tons of new and second-hand spares, motorcycles, clothing and accessories.


Event start: 03/11/2019 7:00 am


International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Event start: 05/11/2019 7:00 am

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

Indoor Drive In Cinema "Ghostbusters" (Early Screening)

Event start: 08/11/2019 5:50 pm

The classic American style drive-in cinema with a modern UK twist, bringing the World's First INDOOR Drive-in cinema to the England and the World. Showing a selection of films to excite and entice any film lover, 18 nights and 35 films


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