Space in abundance
Perfect for: large exhibitions, auctions, dog shows, equestrian & livestock events, drive-in movies, trade shows, jamborees and all-weather music festivals
This building is one of the largest indoor event venues in the South of England, with 3,300m² of sanded floor space. Frequently utilised as a leisure and sporting arena for events, the space benefits from two sand schools next to the building.
Our dedicated events team is on hand to answer your questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Flooded with natural light from the skylights above and with great natural acoustics, this arena really is immense in scale. The building is a purpose-built space for events that require vehicle access, with plenty of parking nearby and all-weather protection for year-round use.
• Dimensions – 110m x 30m
• Disabled access
• Parking adjacent for 200 vehicles
• Ceiling height – 6m at north end; 7m at south end
• Access doors – 13 double doors & 11 single doors
• Floor – compressed sand
Got a question about our 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.
Truckfest South East
Event start: 20/08/2022 9:00 am
A great day out and a fantastic family experience. Be amazed by Monster Trucks and Arena Stunt Shows. Meet Celebrities and Children’s Characters. Enjoy Exhilirating rides and see some incredible Trucks. Come and be part of it
Event start: 21/08/2022 12:00 pm
Live music at this vintage all dayer. The Chargers, Jelly Bean, The Flyin Leathernecks, Plus top DJ’s Jivin Jim Dandy and Big Paul
Licensed bars, food and drink. Classic cars welcome at discounted rate.
Young Driver Experience
Event start: 27/08/2022 9:00 am
f you’re aged 10 to 17, have your first taste of proper driving in a Vauxhall Corsa with us, go bling with a drive in a gleaming Bentley, take a cool classic car for a spin, or even get behind the wheel of an actual fire engine!
International Antiques & Collectors Fair (IACF)
Event start: 06/09/2022 9:00 am
International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF) – are the organisers of the biggest and very best UK antique fairs.
Mid Sussex Auctions – Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction
Event start: 16/09/2022 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.