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Parties at The Arlington Ballroom in Southend-on-Sea, Essex

1920s themed Art Deco party at The Arlington Ballroom Essex

Whether you're planning to dance the night away or host a refined naming day or Christening, we can help craft your perfect party. Our opulent ballroom is perfect for intimate, elegant celebrations with your loved ones and our excellent staff will be on hand throughout your event. We can recommend brilliant local suppliers for decorations and details including photo booths, sweet carts, balloons and birthday cakes. You can also use our coloured lights, projector and red carpet to make your party one to remember! We also have 2 bars, including a dedicated cocktail bar, and can help arrange children’s tepees, so the whole family can be a part of your special day!

We offer a variety of menus, from delectable finger buffets, elegant 3-course meals and even 5-course banquets. Our menus are tailored to meet your bespoke requirements and we cater for all dietary needs and desires; our chef can tailor your menu to include free-from and vegan.  Get in touch and we'll see what we can do! 

If you need some help planning your party, our experienced Events Team is on hand to offer any assistance and answer any questions.

You can browse our events gallery here. You can read reviews of The Arlington from previous guests here.

Engagement Parties & Wedding Anniversaries

Celebrate your love with a party! We can theme our ballroom with our coloured lights and have a projector to share your favourite photos. We can also help arrange a DJ or live band, food and more.

Christenings & Baby Showers

Celebrate your new arrival with an elegant afternoon with your closest friends and family. How about a sparkling afternoon tea with a sweet cart, or an elegant sit down meal?

Charity Balls & Galas

If you're planning an event in someone's memory or want to fundraise for a special cause, get in touch today. We can host dances, parties or sit-down meals and can arrange a DJ or live band, red carpet and more.

Birthday Parties & Celebrations

If it ends in a 0, it's a big birthday! We can provide a DJ, coloured lights, a dance floor... whatever you need to ring in a new decade in style! We can also help arrange a photo booth and sweet cart and recommend some excellent local birthday cake suppliers.

Themed & Costume Parties

We love a theme - especially if it's Roaring Twenties or The Great Gatsby! If you'd like to throw a themed celebration for a birthday, anniversary or engagement, we'd love to host you. Get in touch today with your event idea and we'll see how we can help.

Awards Ceremonies

We can literally roll out the red carpet for your awards night! Whether you're an Essex-based business, organisation or group, we would love to host your annual awards party. We can arrange our projector, a DJ and delectable sit-down meals for your guests.

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.

Black Tie Memorial Ball

Have a look at a fabulous event in March 2019 - a black tie fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support and Havens Hospice.

Want a Live Band at Your Party?

We recommend the brilliant Sound With Us - they know how to make a party a party!

Reviews of Parties, Anniversaries & Celebrations at The Arlington Ballroom

Had my 50th Birthday party at the Arlington, stunning venue and all of the staff from the organisers to the event staff were absolutely brilliant, helpful and very professional - honestly couldn’t do enough. Catering was lovely too. If you’re looking for somewhere amazing to host a special event this is the place. Xxx
— Nikki Clouder, 16th October 2019
We came to a party at this venue and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Nice size for a party, with a decent size dance floor.
The staff were very polite and friendly and jolly.
Also food was excellent.😊
— Bernadette Marbrow, 9th July 2019
I went to a joint 21st and 60th in the beautiful building called The Arlington Ballroom! The food was good the staff were very professional and friendly, the cocktails were delicious and the air con was most welcome on a hot night. Would definitely consider using in the future!
— Sarah Burke, 9th July 2019
Fantastic Ladies Night at The Arlington last night for the Shoeburyness Masonic Lodge.
The tables looked great the food was perfect and the staff were friendly and gave excellent service.
The band Legacy were superb and had everyone dancing and Will Verner was on hand to make sure that everything went smoothly.
The lovely Yvette organised everything from the get go and was ever smiling and professional despite all of our last minute requests and changes.
The new Gin Bar was a very popular choice for many of our guests.
Definitely THE function room for any occasion.
— Roy Bryant, April 2019
Beautiful venue - you won’t find another one like it! I’m always amazed by the attentiveness of the staff and nothing is ever a problem.
— Marie Crone, 16th May 2019
I’ve attended many events here. From regular business networking to Christmas parties and Mothers’ Day. The food and service has always been excellent. They cater well for vegans.
— Vicky Kelly, 10th May 2019
Our work Christmas Party has just been held at The Arlington Ballroom and was a huge success. Many compliments received over both the venue itself and the quality of the food. Yvette was fantastic to deal with in the lead up to the event and everything on the night ran like clockwork. Thank you!
— Martin Sanderson, December 2018
Had my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary at this venue.... great service from the staff, great food and great venue.
Would highly recommend
— Claire Turner, August 2018
On behalf of Belfairs Golf Club can you pass on our thanks to all the team at the Arlington for the wonderful service on the night to ensure everything ran smoothly, everyone had a thoroughly good time.

I would also like to say the time you set aside to support us, along with the help and advice provided by the management leading up to the event was also excellent and very much appreciated.
— Ray Scott, Dinner & Dance
I had my 40th here, lovely art deco building. The guests all commented on how amazing it looks since the refurb.

The staff were all superb the planners and GM are bang on and the food was really good.

I couldn’t have asked for a better night or venue for my party. Not sure it would have been as good if I had the party somewhere else.

Amazing party venue and I would recommend it to anyone.
— Paul Nolan, September 2018
Thank you so much to you and your amazing staff for everything you did in making Jo’s 40th Party a special event.

Your team on the night were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Friendly and extremly professional in every way.
— Chris, 40th birthday party
Just had a lovely night out - beautifully decorated, yummy food and excellent staff. Thank you for a great night definitely feeling festive now!
— Caroline Andrews
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