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 concerns about coronavirus, is the show still going ahead?
We are pleased to confirm that Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, has been rescheduled to 7-9 August at NEC Birmingham.
 
Tickets already purchased for 27-29 March will be valid for the rescheduled dates so you need not do anything, just bring the same ticket, it will be valid on any day of your choice. If you have specific questions about your purchased tickets then please contact the Box Office.
 
All Exhibitor and trader stand bookings will be automatically transferred to the new dateline – all stands will be exactly the same as the event will continue in the identical hall configuration. Exhibitors with specific questions please contact the sales team directly.
 
All car clubs stand bookings will be automatically transferred to the new dateline. Clubs with specific questions please contact Alison Judge, our car club co-ordinator.
 
We thank you all for your continued patience and understanding but most of all your support during these unprecedented times.

Classic Car Auctions will be running a virtual auction from Saturday 28 March for 16 days. Please visit www.classiccarauctions.co.uk for further details.

For more information on COVID-19 visit www.who.int

I have brought a ticket for 27-29 March, will my ticket still be valid?
Good news, you do not need to do anything your ticket will be automatically transferred to the new show date. If you have specific questions about your purchased tickets then please contact the Box Office.
 
I have pre-paid for parking, will I be able to use it for the new show dates?
You can transfer your parking to the new dates prior to the rescheduled date  - go to Manage my booking or 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 show dates and opening hours?
The new show dates are:
Friday 7 August 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday 8 August 9am - 6pm
Sunday 9 August 9am - 5pm

Next year's show will take place Friday 26 - Sunday 28 March 2021

When will tickets be on sale ?
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 6758 

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?
No. All visitors must have a physical ticket to hand in at the entrance hall to gain access to the show.  

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 accommodation page which has recommendations for places to stay in Birmingham! Click here to view.