About Us

A brief history

 

The Orchards Events Venue (previously known as East Malling Conference Centre) was opened in 2002 by Professor Sir Colin Spedding CBE. The venue is located within the grounds of East Malling Research known worldwide for its fruit research and owned by East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research.

 

Originally the conference centre offered the scientific community well-planned conference facilities, however East Malling Trust soon realised that the conference centre’s potential went well beyond the scientific community. It began promoting it to a wider Kent audience as an ideal location for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, training and team building events.

During the past ten years, the facilities at East Malling Conference Centre have expanded to include the Orchards Café. The Conference Centre and Café have now been brought together and re-branded as The Orchards Events Venue.

 

The offering widened significantly in 2011 when Bradbourne House, a Grade I listed building also owned by East Malling Trust at the same location, took on its new role as a stylish venue for meetings and conferences, please visit www.bradbournehousekent.co.uk for more information.

 

Together the two buildings give organisers the choice of hosting their event in either a Grade I listed building dating back to Tudor times or a modern, purpose-built events venue. To find out more please visit the East Malling Trust.

Our catering is provided by one of the UK’s leading independent caterers; BaxterStorey. With an emphasis on using fresh seasonal ingredients, their in house Chef will work with you to create a fantastic event. You can find out more by visiting www.baxterstorey.com or have a look at a sample menu here.

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East Malling Trust

The East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research are a registered charity, and owners of the Orchards Events venue. The Trust’s income supports horticultural research at the nearby world famous East Malling Research Station.

 

Holding your event at the Orchards Events Venue means you will be contributing to the upkeep of site and grounds and also providing much needed income for horticultural research!

Contact Us

The Orchards Events Venue

New Road, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ

Telephone: 01732 523781