Norfolk Pavilion


Contemporary, elegant and fully customisable

The Norfolk Pavilion is a light, classically-styled and welcoming function suite overlooking our beautiful showground. This versatile venue of 1,100m² comprises five spacious rooms set over two floors. Rooms can be hired on their own or in conjunction with adjacent areas to suit your needs. The adjacent car park has space for 200 vehicles, plus access to a further 6,000 spaces in total.

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


Facilities include:
• PA system
• Audio system
• Dimmer lighting
• Mobile dance floor & stage
• TV & video
• Overhead projector & screen


Capacity: Theatre style: 400, Cabaret style: 150, Banqueting: 350
Perfect for: conferences, exhibitions, award ceremonies, trade shows, weddings and any large event

This bright and airy event space (462m²) can accommodate a huge range of functions. It offers direct access to a paved terrace overlooking our showground, lawn and outdoor activity space and is fully accessible for disabled guests. The space can be divided for smaller meetings or break-out areas.

With an integral bar for parties and wedding receptions, there’s also plenty of room for a dance floor.

Key information:
• Dimensions – 33m x 14m
• Modern toilets
• Bar and kitchen
• Parking adjacent for 200+ cars
• Ceiling height – 2.50m (min.) 2.80m (max.)
• Access doors – 2.20m (H) x 2.85m (W)
• Floor loadings – 5Kn M


Capacity: Theatre style: 90, Cabaret style: 48, Banqueting: 80
Perfect for: mid-sized weddings, private parties, business meetings, receptions, training days and intimate catered functions

A bright meeting and event space (120m²) which benefits from its own private access. Patio doors lead to a paved terrace, lawn and scenic outdoor activity space. It’s also accessible to disabled guests. The room inter-connects with the Ardingly Room should you need extra space.

Key information:
• Dimensions – 8.5m x 14m
• Toilet facilities
• Parking adjacent for 200+ cars
• Ceiling height – 2.50m (min.) 2.80m (max.)
• Access doors – 2.20m (H) x 2.85m (W)
• Floor loadings – 5Kn M


Capacity: Theatre style: 60, Cabaret style: 30, Banqueting: 50
Perfect for: business meetings, private lunches, small dinner parties and training days

A self-contained meeting and function room (71m²) with direct access to a paved terrace and lawn which benefits from plenty of natural daylight. It is fully accessible to disabled guests. The room works well as a break-out space or VIP room for functions in the Ardingly Room.

Key information:
• Dimensions – 8.5m x 8.4m
• Toilet facilities
• Parking adjacent for 200+ cars
• Ceiling height – 2.50m (min.) 2.80m (max.)
• Access doors – 2.20m (H) x 2.85m (W)
• Floor loadings – 5Kn M


Capacity: Theatre style: 300, Cabaret style: 90, Banqueting: 180
Perfect for: business meetings, presentations, weddings and large functions

This large event space (336m²) really is a room with a view! Suitable for a range of uses, it leads to a balcony with sliding doors and panoramic views over our stunning showground and surrounding countryside. With an adjacent kitchen, this space works well as dining space or cafe for events held in the Ardingly Room below.

Key information:
• Dimensions – 42m x 8m
• Integral toilets
• Accessible by lift including disabled access
• Parking adjacent for 200+ cars
• Ceiling height – 2.20m (min) 3.1m (max)
• Access doors – 2.20m (H) x 2.85m (W)
• Floor loadings – 5Kn M


Capacity: Theatre style: 60, Cabaret style: 30, Banqueting: 60
Perfect for: private parties, smaller catered events and business meetings

This bright and spacious hospitality area (86m2) has plenty of natural daylight with breath-taking views over the grounds and surrounding countryside. Benefiting from its own entrance, this is a self-contained meeting room. Accessible by lift via the adjacent Balcombe Room, it works well as break-out space for large conferences in the Ardingly Room.

Key information:
• Dimensions – 9m x 9.6m
• Disabled access via lift
• Parking adjacent for 200+ cars
• Ceiling height – 2.40m (min.) 5.00m (max.)
• Access doors – 2.20m (H) x 2.85m (W)
• Floor loadings – 5Kn M

Norfolk Pavilion

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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


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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