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 in 2005 the Kent Pavilion. It has recently added the Clive Emson Conference Centre 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.


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 shows

With almost 25 public Shows each year from Antiques Fairs to Gardening Shows the Kent Event Centre has 200 acres and parking for 30,000 vehicles. The area is secure with a permanent perimeter fence, up to 6 public entrances, electricity and water throughout the site. The site has tarmac roadways for easy movement of traffic and has a St John Ambulance Medical Centre. The entire site has toilet 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 you 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.