About Us

Our Story

The Kent Event Centre opened at the Kent Showground, Detling in 1991 and has grown ever since with the development of new modern purpose-built event spaces.

All the profits from the Kent Event Centre go to the registered charity; Kent County Agricultural Society. Formed in 1923 the Kent County Agricultural Society aims are to improve and promote agriculture, forestry, horticulture, allied industries, rural crafts and the breeding of livestock, across Kent. In addition to making several awards each year, the society is best-known for organising the annual Kent County Show but also the Heritage Transport Show and Living Land, a free one-day event aimed at educating young children in the areas of farming, agriculture, countryside and healthy eating.

Being part of a charity, the Kent Event Centre understands the importance of giving back that’s why we offer discounts and support to other charities, associations and agricultural businesses.

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

The Kent Event Centre is ideally located between the M20 Junction 7, and M2 Junction 5, motorways in the heart of Kent. The County Town of Maidstone is 5 minutes away and is serviced by 3 railway stations. Easily accessible and central to the county, the Kent Event Centre is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Downs.

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With over 50 years experience and an enviable reputation for providing and organising anything from the large scale exhibitions and trade fairs to conferences and dinner dances, the Kent Event Centre is the perfect venue for you.


When you book a space with the Kent Event Centre, we always provide outstanding service. We pride ourselves in offering the very best for our clients and thrive on our excellent reputation in customer service. Whatever request, big or small, we will try to provide you with a solution.


We know that organising an event, whether a small meeting or a huge festival, is difficult to do on your own. That's why our team is always on hand to help and assist from planning, during the event and afterwards. Our experience and organised team members are always happy to help.

About the Team

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.

Nikki Dorkings
General Manager

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    01622 633054
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Anne Collins
Financial Controller

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    01622 633056
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Hannah Stimpson
Executive PA

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    01622 633055
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Ellie Pannell
Event Centre Team Leader

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    01622 633068
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Becky Withey
Senior Events Assistant

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    01622 633069
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Sally Higgins
Society Events Team Leader

Sales & booking enquiries

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    01622 633057
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Paige Paternoster
Society Events & Business Development Executive

Sales & booking enquiries

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    01622 633061
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Amber Warnes
Hospitality Coordinator

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    01622 633052
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Emma Stewart
Senior Marketing Coordinator

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    01622 630975
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Harriet Booth
Events Assistant

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    01622 633065
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Emma Gibling
Assistant Hospitality Coordinator

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    01622 633052
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