FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q: When is the show taking place?
A: The show will take place across three days from Friday 9 November 2018 to Sunday 11 November 2018
Q: What are the show opening times?
A: The opening times are as follows:
Friday 9 November 2018: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday 10 November 2018: 9.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday 11 November 2018: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Q: How much are tickets to the show?
A: There are a wide range of ticket packages available including different prices for advance tickets and on the door tickets. To save time and money we would recommend booking your tickets in advance - to see the all the ticket packages available please click here.
Q: What is the ticket hotline?
A: UK Visitors please call: +44 (0)8712 301088 - calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus network extras.
Group bookings call: +44 (0)8444 124650 | International visitors call: +44 (0)1142 249 774
Q: Can I buy tickets on the door?
A: Yes, tickets are available to be purchased on the door, however, to save you time and money buying in advance is altogether more convenient and offers better prices. To book your advance tickets click here.
Q: Can I book a ticket for my carer?
A: 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. If you book over the telephone on the ticket hotline (+44 (0)8712 301088) then you can book both the assisted access visitor's ticket (at standard ticket price) and also your free carer's ticket and opt to have them posted out or emailed to print at home. Simply tell the ticket agent that you wish to book an assisted access and carer ticket(s) and then you will need to bring proof of your disability with you to the show. If you choose to book online, there is no option to book a carer's ticket at the same time as this system would not work online. In this instance, if you book your disabled ticket (as per standard ticket price) then you can collect a free admission ticket for your carer when you arrive at the NEC on the door.
Q: What is the best way to get to the NEC for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery?
A: There are several options available to travel to the NEC, with Birmingham being situated right in the middle of England and has great transport links. Click here to find out the easiest ways to travel to the show!
Q: How much is parking?
A: Motorbike - Parking your motorbike at the NEC is free.
Train - Birmingham International Railway Station is a short, and covered, five-minute walk from the show halls and if you book with Virgin Trains, you can save up to 25% off Advance ticket fares.
Car - The NEC are operating a new parking system so if you book in advance, not only will you save time by not queuing to pay, you will also pay the same parking fee as last year. If you pay on-the-day you could be subject to queuing and paying more. For parking details and to book your parking simply click here to do so.
This is a charge levied by the venue (The NEC) and not by the show. The Classic Motor Show (Clarion Events Ltd) does not receive a single penny of the NEC’s parking charge. There are shuttle buses running from the NEC car parks to the halls. For more information on Car Parking, please click here www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/car-parking
Car Parking Tips
- Some visitors prefer to park at, or close to, a local train station (one that runs through Birmingham International of course) and do the last stint by train.
- Some local/regional stations will have free car parks, some will be a bit cheaper than the NEC, some will have on-road parking close by. The added benefit of approaching like this should mean less chance of getting caught in any traffic congestion around site or on the surrounding M42/M6 at peak times (i.e. when everyone's arriving/leaving). You'll have to check with the regional stations/routes.
- Some people prefer to park at Birmingham International Station (1300 spaces with covered walk through to NEC Halls), usually saving a couple of pounds, but you'll need to get there early.
- Car share - there's bound to be someone else close to where you are coming to the show. Check with car clubs, local forums, message boards etc.
Q: Where can I eat?
A: There are food outlets all around the halls offering everything from sandwiches to full 3-course meals. Of course, prices vary accordingly.
A common visitor complaint is that there's nowhere to sit and eat packed lunches in the halls. This is a tricky one because, as much as we would like to, if we were to provide everyone a seat in the halls, there wouldn’t be room for any cars! What people tend to forget is that, just outside all the halls on the Piazza, there is lots of freely available seating to use. There's no problem leaving the halls (you'll get your hand stamped on exit allowing you back in) to eat your lunch!
You can also book a table at the EvViva restaurant located in Hall 1 who's chefs will be serving a range of tasty Italian food! Tables can be booked for a maximum of four people - if you require a table for more than four, you can book two tables and write a note in the comment box to put the tables together. Click here to book now.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: There is a strict no dog policy at the NEC. This is excused for police and assistance dogs.