Friday 1 October | 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 2 October | 10:00 - 16:00
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
As the UK's largest venue, the NEC has the space, facilities and expertise you need to enjoy The National Franchise Exhibition in a safe, secure and controlled environment.
The NEC has implemented a range of measures across the venue with your well-being and visitor experience in mind.
** YOU WILL NEED TO PROVE YOUR COVID-19 STATUS TO ENTER THE VENUE **
View the venue guide to find out what to expect and how to prepare for your visit!
Located in the middle of the UK's motorway network and with over 16,000 parking spaces, the NEC is easily accessible by car. It is clearly signposted from all major routes, including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC, follow signs for The National Franchise Exhibition, park up and hop on the free shuttlebus or walk along the footpaths.
Save time and money by pre-paying for your parking online - discounts available up until 11.59pm the day before your visit! Book your parking place >>
Getting to the NEC by train is easy as it's is located a five-minute walk away from Birmingham International Railway Station.
Direct services run all day, however if you’re travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is less than a 15-minute journey away.
By Bus & Coach
National Express and Megabus coach services run daily from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From the airport, you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link which takes just 90 seconds.
Numerous local bus routes serve the NEC from within the West Midlands area. Visit the Transport for West Midlands website for full details.
From the airport, you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link which takes just 90 seconds.
The NEC has seven on-site hotels which are all within walking distance of the venue. There are also a number of hotels in the local area and in the city centre so you'll be spoilt for choice when looking for a great night's sleep.
Free tickets will be available online throughout the event. You will not be able to register on the door.