Looking for an overnight venue? We’ve got plenty of space for camping

Covering a total area of 150 acres, including 50 acres of enclosed (fenced) grass, we have all the space you’ll need to offer your guests on-site camping for a festival or music event. Facilities also include several shower and toilet blocks conveniently situated throughout the grounds.


Find out more

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


Whether you’re planning an event that runs overnight, a country wedding or a company away-day, visitors can conveniently stay within the grounds to enjoy the fun and fresh air of an alfresco experience. This option can also be used in conjunction with Rank Lodge for those who prefer to sleep with a roof over their heads.

Key information:
• 50-acre fenced area
• 5 caravan waste points
• 4 toilet blocks
• 3 shower blocks
• Lorry park
• Free WiFi
• Electric supply
• Additional covered buildings


Got a question about our event 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


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

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.

David Henry
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


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