South of England Event Centre

South of England Event Centre - One of the leading venues in the South of England owned and operated by The South of England Agricultural Society and host to the annual South of England Show (pictured) and available for private hire.

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Selsfield Road
Ardingly
England
RH17 6TL

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+44 (0) 1444 892 048

Konge Hussein

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South of England Event Centre description

Commercial Venue / Business Meeting Rooms / Party Venue / Team Building Venue / Exhibition Space / Marquee Venue

Extra Large (300+)

The South of England Event Centre is a unique and versatile venue which provides businesses, event organisers and private individuals with indoor and outdoor facilities to run every type and size of event whether it’s a meeting for 10 or an exhibition for 50,000.

Set in the stunning Sussex countryside, the Event Centre has just over 50 acres of outdoor space, over 6,000sqm of indoor space and a further 100 acres of adjoining land.

The Norfolk Pavilion offers a main meeting room for up to 400 delegates, separate catering area plus 3 break out spaces. The Lindfield Suite provides state of the art training facilities for up to 40 delegates.

A dedicated team and flexible approach will ensure your event happens just the way you want it and experienced in-house caterers will provide your guests with a memorable food experience.

The South of England Event Centre is easily accessible from the M25 & M23, Gatwick Airport and Haywards Heath main line railway station with fast speed trains from London, Brighton and Gatwick. Free on-site parking for 6,000 vehicles.

Get in touch today to discuss your requirements and to arrange a time to take a look around.

To find out more and view our available spaces please visit www.southofenglandeventcentre.co.uk
or contact Konge Hussein via email eventcentre@seas.org.uk or telephone 01444 892048.

Venue suitability

This venue is suitable for the following uses:

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Venue facilities

6000 spaces

Within 50 meters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes - Professional (manned)

31 round tables, 25 rectangle tables

600 chairs, 15 benches

Yes

Yes

Yes - Manned

Other venue facilities

Yes

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Explore the rooms this venue has for hire by expanding the sections below.

Ground floor with direct access to balcony and lawn

Capacity

As meeting room:

150

For dining:

350

As theatre:

400

For dancing:

300

For a reception:

350

33m x 14m

Yes

Yes

First floor room with balcony and great views over grounds.

Capacity

As meeting room:

90

For dining:

180

As theatre:

300

For dancing:

160

For a reception:

300

42m x 8m

Yes

Ground floor with direct access to terrace and lawn.

Capacity

As meeting room:

48

For dining:

80

As theatre:

90

For a reception:

90

8m x 14m

Yes

Ground floor with direct access to terrace and lawn.

Capacity

As meeting room:

30

For dining:

50

As theatre:

60

For a reception:

60

8m x 8m

First floor with access to balcony and great views.
Plenty of natural daylight

Capacity

As meeting room:

60

For dining:

60

As theatre:

60

For a reception:

60

First floor with plenty of natural daylight and great views

Capacity

As meeting room:

20

As theatre:

40

12m x 7m

Latest news:

South of England Event Centre shows diverse requirements for events are more prevalent than ever

31 July 2019

 

Worth over £39 billion in the UK alone1, the events industry is certainly booming yet venue options are still predominately confined to the traditional offering of hotels, conference centres, exhibition halls and purpose-built buildings. However, with the cry for flexibility in venues from organisers more prevalent than ever, there’s a venue which is changing the face of the events scene in the south of England.

 

The South of England Event Centre, more commonly known by the public as the South of England Showground, in West Sussex, is already home to a vast range of highly contrasting events from pop concerts, classic car shows and the famous International Antiques Fair, to firearms training, the Big Bang educational fair, construction expos, and the prestigious South of England Show. Now, more and more, organisers are turning to the showground to host their events due to its sheer adaptability and potential for growth.

 

Located just 36 miles from London and 20 miles from Brighton, reaching an immediate population of 1.3 million in Sussex alone, one of the key features of The South of England Event Centre is the versatile infrastructure and wide range of facilities for accommodating events and occasions that require indoor and outdoor space. With just over 50 acres of outdoor space, over 6,000m² of indoor space and a further 100 acres of adjoining land, a comprehensive premises license, and on-site catering services for functions of any size, there aren’t many events that the venue can’t accommodate. Flexible contracts mean that event organisers can rent as little or as much of the showground and its buildings as they require, thus providing many events with space to grow their event without moving venue.

 

Furthermore, as more organisers are focusing on their eco-credentials and CSR policies when choosing a venue, The South of England Event Centre is providing an all-encompassing solution. Not only has the venue’s owners - The South of England Agricultural Society - implemented a ‘zero to landfill’ policy where the entire venue’s waste is processed for recycling or energy recovery, the Society is also a registered charity which funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning.

 

Iain Nicol, CEO of The South of England Agricultural Society which owns the Event Centre and showground, said:

 

“Although the South of England Showground is a well-known venue to the public, it is less well known as a venue that is available for hire from businesses, organisations, professional event organisers, and individuals. However, more and more our pure flexibility and diversity of space is putting us on the map. Whether it’s a small business breakfast meeting, a team-building challenge, a sporting event or a large-scale music concert, international conference or exhibition, the showground, with its various buildings that can be hired as separate spaces, is providing the solution for a lot of companies.

 

“The Society set up The South of England Event Centre to generate much-needed additional funds to support the charitable work we do, without which it couldn’t operate. As such, 100% of the Event Centre’s profits are gifted to the Society at the end of each financial year to enable us to support people with an interest or involvement in agriculture and other related land-based industries.”

 

For more information contact Konge Hussein on 01444 892048, email eventcentre@seas.org.uk or visit www.southofenglandeventcentre.co.uk

 

Document library:

Capacity chart at a glance

7 meeting rooms with options for catering and break-out space plus 6900 sq m additional indoor space

View: seec-capacity-chart.pdf (162,644 kB)

Our preferred suppliers are shown below:

Altitude Events

Altitude Events offer mobile activity hire including Climbing Walls, Segway Hire, Laser Tag, Motorised Activities, Inflatable Rentals, Electronic Games, Crazy Golf, Country Pursuits and lots more.

Altitude Events is a family run business established in 2004 and offering a fantastic range of exciting indoor and outdoor activities to events of all kinds.

Website www.altitudeevents.org/

Five Star Caterers

Five Star Caterers are a long established family business who provide outdoor catering for events of all sizes.  Their ethos is to provide 'great tasting, responsibly sourced food presented with a memorable sense of theatre'.

 

Website www.fivestarcaterers.co.uk

Hardings Bar & Catering Services

Whatever the size or nature of the event, the Event Centre's partners Hardings Bar & Catering Services specialise in all aspects of function catering from simple breakfast buffets to lavish evening banquets.  Hardings has over 20 years experience and a reputation for excellence.

 

Website https://www.hardingscatering.co.uk/

KDM Events

We are pleased to work with KDM Events for any team building or entertainment requirements.

They offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor team building solutions to meet your every need and will work with you to deliver the perfect event.

Please call to discuss your event.

Website www.kdmevents.co.uk

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