FAQs

We hope you have had any questions you may have had regarding the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery answered while looking through our website. If you haven't found what you are looking for, hopefully, this page will help. If we still haven't answered your question, please send us an email to restoration@clarionevents.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
I have pre-paid for parking, will I be able to use it for the new show dates?
The NEC are contacting everyone who has pre-paid for parking to update them. Either refunds are being processed or parking is being transferred to new dates. Visit the NEC parking pages for more information.  If you have any further questions you can  email necparking@thenec.co.uk
 
I have booked a hotel through the official hotel partner, BCD ME, can I transfer or change my booking?
BCD ME have a process in place and will endeavour to support you at this time. Contact will come directly through them via the contact details you used to book your room/s. They can be contacted on sarah@bcdme.com

What are the new show dates and opening hours?
The new show dates are:
Friday 11 June 2021 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday 12 June 2021 9am - 6pm
Sunday 13 June 2021 9am - 5pm

When will tickets be on sale ?
Tickets will go on sale in December and can be purchased online. More information is available on the Ticket Information page.

Can I buy tickets at the show or can they only be brought in advance?
Tickets can be purchased at the show from one of the Box Offices. However, you will save money by buying in advance.

Can I book tickets for a group of us?
Yes. For groups of 10 or more people, you will save around 10% on your ticket.

Can children come to the show? Are there any restrictions?
Yes. The show is an event for all the family and welcomes all ages. Children under 5 can enter the show for free. Children over 5 must purchase a ticket. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Can I have my show ticket on my phone?
Yes but if you have a physical ticket that would be an advantage.  

How do I book tickets for my carer?
If you have a disability that restricts you from visiting the show alone, your carer is admitted for free. To get your carers ticket, purchase a general show admission ticket for yourself and then once at the show visit one of the box offices to collect a 'Carer's go free' ticket to hand in at the show entrance. You will be required to bring proof of your disability with you to the show.   

Will there be an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing on the Stage and the Workshop?
Yes, there will be an interpreter on Saturday at the Classics World stage.

Does the NEC cater for disabilities?
Yes. For more information please visit the NEC website.

Is there a charge to look around the Classic Car Auction?
Yes. In addition to your show entry ticket, you will need to purchase an auction catalogue to be able to enter the auction. The cost of a catalogue is £10 and admits 2 people. 

How much is car parking?
The NEC car parking charge costs £12 per car for the day when booked in advance or £16 if done on arrival. Please note the venue parking is managed by the NEC and we have no control over the car parking prices.
To save some money, some visitors prefer to park at, or close to, a local train station and do the last stint by train. Some local/regional stations will have free parking, some will be cheaper than the NEC and some will have on-road parking a short walking distance. An added benefit of doing this should mean less chance of getting caught in traffic around the site at peak times. 

NOTE: you can now book via NCP for £9 for the day. More information can be found here

Where can I eat?
There are food outlets inside and outside the halls offering everything from sandwiches to full meals. Prices vary depending on where you eat. If you wanted to leave the halls to eat, please do, just make sure you get your hand stamped on the way out so you can come back in. The NEC website has details of all the catering on offer.
There is an Italian restaurant (Evivva) that’s available to reserve online prior to the show, located in Hall 3 EDGE – if you would like to make a reservation please visit the website: http://reservations.thenec.co.uk/

What if I've brought my own packed lunch?
You can either remain in the halls and eat your lunch or leave the halls to eat in the area just outside. If you choose to leave the halls, please remember to get your hand stamped so you can come back into the show. 

Are dogs allowed at the show?
No. Only assistance dogs are allowed at the show.  

Is there a cloakroom?
Yes, the NEC has cloakroom facilities near the entrance of the show. There is a small charge for this service. 

Do you have any recommendations for hotels near the NEC?
Take a look at our Plan Your Visit page for information on booking places to stay in Birmingham.