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Royal seal of approval for the new £1.5M Maidstone Exhibition Hall at Kent Event Centre

The Duke of Kent at the opening ceremony, with Kevin Attwood, Chairman of the Kent County Agricultural Society and the Kent Event Centre
The Duke of Kent has opened the new £1.5 million Maidstone Exhibition Hall, underlining the Kent Event Centre’s position as one of the largest and most flexible venues in the South East.

The single span building is 44 metres wide and 72 metres long and can seat up to 4,000 people in theatre style. The new hall near Maidstone was attracting bookings even before it was completed – the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce is staging its annual Construction Expo there in October..


Kent Event Centre manager Alison Wallington said: “This investment enhances the already excellent range of facilities. The hall has generated a lot of interest from prospective customers and I’m confident it will enable us to break into new markets in the years ahead.”   

The hall was officially opened by the Duke of Kent, as guest of the Kent County Agricultural Society, during the Kent County Show.


Ease of access by road and rail and the availability of hotels make the Kent Event Centre a great choice for events. Facilities comprise the Clive Emson Conference Centre (1,700 sq m), the John Hendry Pavilion (1,750sq m) and the Astor Pavilion (151 sq m). There are also six major meeting rooms plus free parking for up to 10,000 vehicles.

Pictured: The Duke of Kent at the opening ceremony, with Kevin Attwood, Chairman of the Kent County Agricultural Society and the Kent Event Centre

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