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South of England Event Centre

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL
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Throwing a party? The biggest decision you’ll make is choosing a venue for your function. The best parties start with the right location, space for success, and a team of professionals who care passionately about making your event as special as it deserves to be.

If you’re searching for a wedding venue, party venue or function suite for a prom, the South of England Event Centre is the perfect place for your occasion! Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a large scale celebration, our experienced and dedicated events team are on hand to help ensure the event runs smoothly so you and your guests can relax and have a fantastic time.

Our range of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, beautiful setting and excellent catering services mean our showground is the perfect place to host your private party.

Entertain staff or clients in a stunning setting

The South of England Event Centre is an inspiring location for any corporate event, business conference, AGM, meeting, training or team building day. Whether you’re looking to hire a single meeting room or to create a bespoke package of indoor and outdoor events, our unique hospitality facilities will exceed your expectations, and offer space to grow.

Ardingly Room
Max Capacity 400
Rates from £845.00

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.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 350
Cabaret 150
Dinner Dance 300
Reception 350
Theatre 400
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
33.00 14.00 2.80
Kleinwort Room
Max Capacity 90
Rates from £185.00

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.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 80
Boardroom 40
Cabaret 48
Reception 90
Theatre 90
U-Shape 30
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
8.50 14.00 2.50
Lower Queen's Room
Max Capacity 60
Rates from £185.00

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.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 50
Boardroom 28
Cabaret 30
Reception 60
Theatre 60
U-Shape 24
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
8.50 8.40 2.50
Upper Queen's Room
Max Capacity 60
Rates from £185.00

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.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 60
Boardroom 30
Cabaret 30
Classroom 40
Theatre 60
U-Shape 26
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
9.00 9.60 2.40
Balcombe Room
Max Capacity 350
Rates from £310.00

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.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 200
Theatre 350
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
42.00 8.00 2.40
Upper Lindfield Suite
Max Capacity 40
Rates from £125.00

Offering a bright, contemporary and completely self-contained business suite, this setting provides the perfect space for business meetings, training days or seminars for up to 30 guests. The rooms can be configured into classroom, boardroom or theatre-style layouts to suit your unique requirements.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Boardroom 20
Classroom 40
Theatre 40
U-Shape 20
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
12.50 7.10 2.35
Queen's Jubilee Hall
Max Capacity 800
Rates from £1620.00

Perfect for: large exhibitions, Christmas parties and trade fairs.

The Queen’s Jubilee Hall is a grand, flexible indoor space (1,130m²) that can be configured to suit your unique requirements. The hall offers a premium location for large scale events, and a blank canvas on which to create a theme. Complete with all the on-site facilities you’ll need to accommodate visitors in large numbers, this location is the leading choice for many event organisers and agencies.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 600
Cabaret 400
Dinner Dance 600
Reception 400
Theatre 800
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
45.40 30.00 4.35
Abergavenny Building
Max Capacity 2000
Rates from £1620.00

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.

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.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 1000
Dinner Dance 1000
Reception 1500
Theatre 2000
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
110.00 30.00 6.00
Robin's Building
Max Capacity 1000
Rates from £295.00

Perfect for: food courts, livestock shows, car shows and fairs.

The Robins Building is a large, open-sided space (1,728 m²) which comes into its own during the warmer months, when you need a guarantee against the rain. The space measures 48mx36m and is ideal for large-scale events. It can also be hired in conjunction with other options.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Theatre 1000
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
48.00 36.00 6.00
Young Farmers' Building
Max Capacity 200
Rates from £205.00

Perfect for: livestock events, exhibitions and fairs

The Young Farmers’ Building is a hard-standing covered area (360m2) suitable for a wide range of events, especially when used in conjunction with the adjacent Robins Building.

Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
24.00 15.00 3.80
Stockmans Building
Max Capacity 250
Rates from £250.00

Perfect for: small exhibitions, displays, group meetings and fairs

This building (420 m²) offers two rooms with integral catering facilities, and is perfect when hired in conjunction with the Abergavenny Building and Queen’s Jubilee Hall, as an additional space for large scale events.

Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
24.00 10.00 4.00
NFU Barn
Max Capacity 50
Rates from £110.00

Perfect for: additional space as part of a larger event package

As a part-steel framed covered building (162m2) with roller shutters, this building is ideally suited to small displays or as a break-out area when used in conjunction with some of our other spaces for larger events.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Theatre 50
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Room Dimensions (in metres)

Length Width Height
18.00 9.00 4.50

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