A beautiful green space to reflect your vision

At the heart of our venue lies our enclosed 50-acre, purpose-built grass showground surrounded by a further 100-acre cross-country course and woodland, with a car park for up to 6,000 vehicles. The showground is connected by an internal roadway, capable of hosting up to 1,000 exhibitor stands and up to 30,000 visitors per day.

Whatever the scale of your event and whatever the focus, our showground makes the ideal venue for every occasion. Offering a truly adaptable space that can be dressed to suit your vision, we’ve hosted fairs, exhibitions, scout camps, team building activities, car rallies, product launches and concerts.

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



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


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


Aces High Flyball Competition - CANCELLED

Event start: 10/04/2020 7:00 am

Aces High Flyball Competition

Crystal Palace Canine Association - Dog Show - CANCELLED

Event start: 11/04/2020 8:30 am

For entries please contact the organiser - FREE for spectators

London Harness Horse Parade - CANCELLED

Event start: 13/04/2020 8:00 am

The London Harness Horse Parade as it is known today takes place annually on Easter Monday at The South of England Centre, Sussex. Steeped in tradition, the parade offers onlookers a glimpse into a world gone by and for those participating.

Mid Sussex Auctions – Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction - CANCELLED

Event start: 17/04/2020 10:00 am

Antique, General Household & Lost Property Auction
Friday - Preview
Saturday - Sale

South East Marts – Machinery Sale - CANCELLED

Event start: 18/04/2020 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 day.


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