About the Event
What are the Show opening times?
The show will be open 9am – 5pm on both Saturday 23rd March and Sunday 24th March 2024.
Is there a cloakroom available?
The NEC has a cloakroom before you enter the Show.
Do I need to book onto the features at the show?
Some of the features at the show will require you to book a session in advance, these links can be found on the individual feature pages on the What’s on page on the website. If there is not a link to book on the page you will be able to walk up on the day to take part in the feature.
Some of the features with bookable sessions may currently be fully booked but are likely to have walk up sessions available on the day.
Which hall are you in?
We are in Hall 2. You can see an NEC map here.
Do I need to book to see a speaker?
No, all speaker talks and panels are first come, first served.
How do I find out about exhibiting at the show?
You can speak directly to our Event Director Esther Beal who would be happy to discuss opportunities to get involved in the Show – she can be reached at [email protected] You can also find out more information here Get Involved – National Outdoor Expo
How are you working to reduce the carbon footprint at the show?
From working with the venue, looking at ourselves and collaborating with exhibitors. But here’s the thing… Visitors’ travel is the biggest carbon emitter of each show. So we need your help. Taking the train instead of driving will reduce the emissions of your journey by around 80%. The NEC is a 5-minute walk from Birmingham International train station or 90 seconds by the free air-rail walk. If you need to drive, car share with friends and reduce your impact by 50%. There’s a great network of cycle and footpaths in the area and bike racks are near the entrance. There are also electric car charging point and more to come in the future…
Will I need ID?
We don’t require ID to gain entry to the Show
Will there be food stalls?
Yes, there will be a number of NEC-managed food stalls, and some of our exhibitors will sell packaged food items.
Are there any jobs available?
Not currently but please contact [email protected] and we will pass your query on.
If you are interested in speaking at the event we would love to hear from you – please contact [email protected]
My question isn’t here
If you still have a question, please email us on [email protected]
How can I get tickets?
You can book your tickets through See Tickets.
If you have a query about purchasing your ticket or if you have already booked your ticket and haven’t received a confirmation or can’t find it then you can track your order here nationaloutdoorexpo.seetickets.com/customerservice
If you still have a query, please email [email protected] or ring 0203 827 1999
Can people buy tickets on the door?
Yes, you can buy a ticket at the Show’s entrance, but we strongly recommend pre-booking for quicker entry.
Can I buy a VIP ticket?
We have made a decision not to charge for these tickets, but if you follow us on social media then you might be able to win one for free.
Can I bring children with me?
Any adult can bring a child under 16 without charge, you can book this ticket when you book your own ticket through See Tickets. Please note children under the age of sixteen need to be supervised at all times.
When will I receive my ticket?
You should have received your ticket to the show, if this is not the case please contact [email protected]
How do I get to the NEC and what facilities are available?
Where can I stay nearby?
We’ve partnered with EventBeds by NuBreed Hotels to offer exclusive deals at localised hotels with savings of up to 30%. Please visit the EventBeds VIP Concierge link here.
What about parking?
You should park in the NEC car parks. The NEC has additional information on parking, but if you’re travelling by coach please email us. Please be aware the NEC charge for parking. You can book your parking at preferential rates in advance.
Will you have a quiet space available?
We will have small area reserved should a visitor need a few moments away from the Show floor – to find out more about this or speak to the team contact [email protected]
Can I bring my pet?
Only support animals are allowed inside the Hall
Is the venue accessible?
The NEC aims to be fully user-friendly for visitors with access needs. This is a quick guide to some of their facilities.