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Heritage


The Kent Event Centre has been on its current site at Detling since 1964. Originally purchased to host the annual Kent County Show the Kent Centre has grown over the past twenty years with the building of the large John Hendry Pavilion, The Astor Pavilion and Clive Emson Conference Hall. It has recently added the Maidstone Exhibition Hall to its portfolio of facilities.

With over 50 years' experience and an enviable reputation for providing and organising anything from large scale exhibitions and trade fairs to conferences and dinner dances, the Kent Event Centre is the perfect venue for you. The Kent Event Centre currently has a full and varied calendar of shows, meetings, conferences and exhibitions and has all the necessary experience and skill to make your event successful.

Location


Our unique selling point is our size and location, between two major motorways and within 50mins car/train from London. We have in excess of 200 acres of outdoor space and a private woodland at organisers disposal. We also offer onsite parking for up to 30,000 cars.

The Kent Event Centre is ideally located between the M20 and M2 motorways in the heart of Kent. Easily accessible and central to the County the Kent Event Centre is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Downs.

In-house teams


When you choose to hold your event at The Kent Event Centre, you can expect a fully integrated service that includes support from our event management team. Their experience and excellent level of customer service and attention to detail will help you with the smooth delivery of every aspect of your event from start to finish, whatever that event may be.


Outdoor Space


The Kent Event Centre has 200 acres of outdoor space and parking for 30,000 vehicles. This area is secure with a permanent perimeter fence, up to 6 public entrances, electricity and water throughout the site. The entire site has toilet facilities and shower facilities that can cater for up to 30,000 visitors.


Weddings & Parties


Over the past few years we have been able to offer The Kent Event Centre as a venue for your wedding or party. Set in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', the site has flexible space no matter what size wedding breakfast or celebration event you require. We have integrated catering facilities for you or your chosen caterer. The resident electrical team can provide your lighting requirements and all of our exhibition halls and meeting facilities have power. So if your guest list is between 30 and 3,000 we can provide the space required to make your special day memorable.

Diversity of space


The Kent Event Centre is the largest conference facility in Kent, offering 6,500sqm. There are three main Exhibition Halls, ideal for creating stunning exhibitions, trade fairs or public shows. Two are interconnected, The John Hendry and the Kent Pavilion, The Astor Pavilion can be connected by the addition of a walkway marquee to give an overall exhibition space of 4,900sqm. The new Clive Emson Conference Centre has 1,600sqm of space within the single span building.

In addition to the exhibition spaces KEC has six smaller meeting rooms that can accommodate five to sixty guests, so however big or small your event, the Kent Event Centre can accommodate. We are competitively priced, delivering an affordable Conference and Event solution for businesses in the South East.


Asian Weddings & Dream Days


All our Asian events are managed by our expert Asian events team, Dream Day Catering & Events, Kent's leading wedding services supplier. With a wealth of knowledge and experience with the Kent wedding market, it gives Dream Days the perfect foundation to help support your event and create that Dream Day in association with the Kent Event Centre. Dream Days will look after all your requests and needs, manage the event on the day so you need to worry about anything.