Opening Times

The official opening time for the 2020 show are:

Friday 27 March: 10.00am-5.30pm
Saturday 28 March: 9.00am-6.00pm
Sunday 29 March: 9.30am-5.00pm
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Venue

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is held at the NEC Birmingham:
North Ave
Birmingham
B40 1NT

Getting Here

Getting to the show is simple - it's right in the heart of England and is easily accessible to all of our visitors. There are a number of ways you can get to us across the weekend, from car, bus, rail or even air.

Within a stone's throw of the venue, you'll find the M42, Birmingham International train station and Birmingham Airport, making sure our domestic and international visitors can join us for a brilliant weekend.
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The NEC is easily accessed from the M25, M11, A406, and A13.

B40 1NT is the postcode for your SatNav.

Once you arrive at the NEC, follow the signs and you will be directed to a car park by the traffic team.

    Birmingham International is situated in the NEC complex and only a few minutes walk from the halls.

    Train times/fares etc visit www.thetrainline.com 

    Book tickets with Virgin Trains via www.virgintrains.co.uk/nec

    Get a coach into Birmingham with services such as National Express and then transfer via local bus or train service to the NEC.

    Check bus services and times here: nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands

    Also, check out your local coach company in case they plan a journey to the NEC.

    There is a monorail that links Birmingham International Airport and the NEC which only takes about 10-15 minutes. 

    Several operators fly in and out of Birmingham International Airport (BHX).

    Visit Birmingham International Airport for more information: www.birminghamairport.co.uk

    Park at the NEC from £12

    Parking at the venue is operated and managed by the NEC (not the show). Pre-booking is available for £12 per car, saving you money when you book online in advance. Paying on-the-day costs £16 per car and you could be subject to queuing. Motorcycles parking is free.

    Disabled parking bays for blue badge holders are available and are allocated upon arrival by NEC traffic staff. Disabled parking is charged at the standard parking rate.

    Regular shuttle buses run from the NEC car parks to the halls. 

    Visit the NEC webiste for more information and to pre-booking your space 

      NEW! Park at the airport for £9

      New for 2020 we are working in partnership with NCP Car Parks to provide an additonal, cost-effective, parking option close to the venue.

      Visitor can park in the airport NCP Car Park 5, between 8am and 7.30pm, for just £9 when booking in advance. Please note: these times are very strict - any early arrival or overstay will be charged at the full day rate of £38 - so please ensure your stay is within these times.

      To book visit the NCP website.

      From the Car Park you can take the courtesy bus or a short walk to the terminal to connect to the free monorail service which runs every 2 mins to the railway station which leads through to the NEC

      Alternative options

      Other options that may be more cost effective could be:

      • park at a local or regional station and do the last stint by train
      • car share with people from your area. There are a number of sites that offer a matching service. Money Saving Expert has some options on their website including BlaBlaCar and Liftshare.

      Where to Eat

      There are food outlets all around the halls offering everything from sandwiches to full 3-course meals. Of course, prices vary accordingly.

      Just outside all the halls on the Piazza, there is lots of freely available seating to use if you would like to bring your own lunch. There's no problem leaving the halls - you'll get your hand stamped on exit allowing you back in!

      If you'd rather make a reservation the EvViva Restaurant, inspired by the fresh and healthy ingredients of Tuscany, is an on-site restaurant offering Italian food.

      Book your table now by selecting your event and the date and time you would prefer to eat.

      Tables can be booked for a maximum of four people. If you require a table more than four please book two tables and note this in the comment box and we can to seat you together.

      Please make us aware of any dietary or allergy requirements in the box provided, along with a notification of parties larger than 8 persons.

      You will receive an email confirmation of your booking. Many thanks and enjoy the show!

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      Accomodation

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      Hotel, events and dates information

      National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
      Hotel reservations: +44 (0)207 870 4100 

      Official hotel booking support

      Hotel bookings for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show are being managed by BCD M&E and HotelMap. 

      Discounted hotel rates

      We have exclusive hotel deals for attendees of this event. These special offers can be booked online or by telephone.
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      Visitor Information for Assisted Access

      Disabled Visitors

      Carers admitted free

      If you have a disability that restricts your ability to attend the show on your own to the extent where a helper is needed, then a carer is admitted free of charge. A carer ticket can be collected at the Box Office when you arrive at the venue or arranged along with the paid ticket via the ticket hotline on +44 (0)8712 301 088 (please note calls cost 13p per minute plus network charges).

      If you book via the ticket hotline you can opt to have the tickets posted out or emailed to print at home. Simply tell the ticket agent that you wish to book assisted access and carer tickets. If you prefer to book online you can collect a free admission ticket for your carer when you arrive at the NEC from the Box Office. With either option you will need to bring proof of disability with you to the show.

      Assistance at the NEC:

      If you have any queries or need assistance during your visit, please contact any member of the NEC staff who will be happy to help. Male and female wheelchair accessible toilets are provided throughout the venue.

      Disabled parking bays for blue badge holders are available. These are allocated upon arrival by NEC traffic staff. The NEC requires assisted access visitors to pay the standard parking charge (£12 in advance/£16 on the day). Please be aware that parking is solely run by the NEC venue and is nothing to do with the Classic Motor Show organisers.

      A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available to hire free of charge to registered disabled visitors and for £5.00 per day for all other visitors. These are offered on a first come first served basis. Electric scooters can be hired for £15.00 per day. We advise visitors to pre-book; call 0121 780 4141 (Option 2 and then Option 7), or email InfoEmailAccount@necgroup.co.uk. Lines are open 09.00-16.00 Monday - Sunday.

      Further information for disabled visitors and carers can be found here: www.thenec.co.uk/planningavisit/disabledvisitors

       

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