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Celebrations, Proms, Charity Events and Private Dinners for Southend-on-Sea and Essex

Party at the Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

We love a get together! Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, raising funds for charity, hosting a private dinner or looking for a venue for your school prom, the Arlington Ballroom is ideal for intimate, opulent events. Snug in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, our experienced Events Team will be on hand throughout, from the planning stage all the way through to the event itself.

We'll make your day one to remember with our customisable lighting and varied menu options including 3-course meals, 5-course meals and buffets. We can also help organise extras including a photo booth, a DJ, a live singer or band, sweet carts, a dance floor, a dedicated bar and much more. Just ask!

Browse our beautiful Events Gallery here.

School Proms & Dinner and Dances

Celebrate the end of the school year with an elegant prom - we can arrange a buffet, a sit-down meal, a DJ and more. Planning a dinner and dance? We can recommend live music and work with you to create an opulent menu.

Celebration Lunches & Dinners

Whether it's a christening, a refined anniversary celebration or a birthday lunch, we can cater for you. From a hot and cold finger buffet to a 3 or 5-course sit-down meal, we can tailor a menu to your needs, including vegan and free-from. We're happy to put together a themed menus such as Italian or Tex Mex, or afternoon teas with a selection of sumptuous sandwiches and pastries.

Charity Auctions and Galas

Charity Everyone loves the excuse to get dressed up for a good cause! We regularly host charity nights and galas such as Alfie’s Ball in 2018, which raised £5,000 for Southend Hospital.

Private Dinners, Networking Lunches & General Private Hire

Adapting the layout to suit your requirements and numbers, from small to large events. We regularly host corporate annual dinners, U3A events and networking dinners, as well as day time events such as antique valuation days, workshops and corporate seminars and presentations.

Charity Event Photo at The Arlington Ballroom in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Gala Dinner at The Arlington Ballroom Southend-on-Sea

Arlington Ballroom Venue Hire Costs & Info

Capacity & Minimum Spends

Our minimum capacity is 80 people; our maximum capacity is 250 people. Please note there are also minimum spends for different days. We offer a variety of wedding packages and can cater for every couple - just get in touch to discuss what you’d like!

Venue Hire

Friday night venue hire is £450. Saturday night venue hire is £600.

Sunday venue hire is £400. Midweek venue hire is £350.

Reviews of Galas, Proms, Charity Nights & More at The Arlington Ballroom

I recently hired the Arlington Rooms for a charity event. It was the first time I’d ever hosted something like this and the team made the whole experience a pleasure. They were so organised and helpful. The night itself ran smooth and was a great success. I had a lot of comments on the venue itself and also how good the food was. I would highly recommend using this venue for any event
— Lisa Benee, 12th August 2019
We recently attended a charity race night at the Arlington. Excellently hosted by Will and the team. Highly recommended.
— Gary Smith
An absolutely amazing venue and the service is always of an incredible high standard. Been here for numerous events over the last couple of years and I’m always impressed by the decor and the staff.
— Marie Crone
What a success…well exceeded our expectations! We have had amazing feedback, including the venue too, so credit to you!
— Affinity Events
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our Prom last night so amazing.!!!

Even when we were throwing challenges your way it never seemed to be too much of a problem so thank you for bearing with us, it was greatly appreciated. We had such a good night dancing away and it was a lovely send off for the kids.

We will be using you guys again.
— Jay Plucknett, Futures Community College
Another lovely mother’s day at the Arlington, food amazing staff very attentive amazing cocktails and a terrific singer, well done would highly recommend and all in such a fabulous setting.
— Susan Watson
I recently hired the Arlington Rooms for a charity night and the service was excellent! The venue is lovely and food was fantastic. You cannot fault the staff, they were polite, extremely helpful and took the stress of planning the event away. The price for the food was great and excellent value for money. I would highly recommend for any event you are looking to host.
— Alice Gilbey
We visited The Arlington Rooms Friday night, for the Gourmet evening. WOW! what lovely food service and entertainment. really enjoyed the wine pairing too!
I will be definitely booking the next one. Thank you for a great evening.
— Gillian Fautley
We recently held a Race Night to raise money for a couple of local charities. The Arlington couldn’t have done any more to accommodate us, they did a really good deal on the meal price so that we could raise the maximum amount possible for the charities! The food and the service was excellent, second to none! The staff were friendly, attentive and helped towards making the night such a success. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a venue being so helpful, thank you The Arlington - we will be back!
— Daniel Rosewell