Did you know that the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham ranks in the top 10 worldwide for “buildings with biggest useable space”? There is a reason it has become the country’s premier exhibition centre since it opened in 1976. It hosts a wide variety of shows each year, and here are 10 you may want to check out in 2015.
Toy Collectors Fair
Sun 8th Feb, Sun 21st Jun, Sun 27th Sep, Sun 27th Dec
One of the most prolific exhibitors at the NEC is the Toy Collectors Fair. The event crosses the toy collecting spectrum, from vintage toys of the early 1900s, all the way up to the latest toys available. It’s a great way to while away a lazy Sunday, taking a stroll down memory lane (and you may even take a piece of it home with you!)
Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show
Tues 17th Feb - Sun 22nd Feb
Showcasing the biggest and best selection of ways to live the great outdoors life, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show not only allows you to browse all kinds of makes and models, but also get the know how on how to correctly drive and maintain your new “home away from home”. You can find more info on other forthcoming motorhome shows here.
National Franchise Exhibition
Fri 20th Feb - Sat 21st Feb
Looking to get into the franchising business. This may be the best possible place to start. The likes of McDonalds, CEX, Wok & Go, Marston’s, Everest Windows and 100s more will all be under one roof, ready to give you all the information you need to potentially start a new business.
The National Wedding Show
Fri 27th Feb - Sun 1st Mar
Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful, not least of which because of the sheer amount of different shops you have to visit to get everything. Fortunately, the National Wedding Show has all you could possible need in the same place - rings, dresses, cakes, photography, the lot! Whether you are shopping or just having a look around, you’d be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive wedding show in all of Europe.
Thurs 5th Mar - Sun 8th Mar
Website - http://www.crufts.org.uk/
The largest dog show in the world, as proclaimed by the Guinness Book of Records, Crusts is entering its 24th year at the NEC this March. While a mecca for dog lovers of all kinds, the show centres around the famous “Best in Show” prize, contested by 22,000 dogs!!!
MCM Birmingham Comic Con & Memorabilia
Sat 21st Mar - Sun 22nd Mar
While it may not carry the name value of the San Diego Comic Con, the Birmingham Comic Con is still an excellent event for lovers of pop culture, TV, films and, of course, comics! This years exhibition features a Robots arena, an eSports zone, and a tonne of special guests. And don’t forget your costumes!
The Photography Show
Sat 21st Mar - Tues 24th Mar
Offering everything from information for experts on the latest in the photography world, to classes for beginners, the Photography Show strives to feature something for everyone. Look out for the “30 under 30” exhibition as well, showcasing the best in young photography talent.
Gadget Show Live
Tues 7th Apr - Sun 12th Apr
Based on the popular Channel 5 show of the same name, the Gadget Show Live does exactly what you think it would - bring cutting edge gadgets to the masses. The huge show encompasses everything from cars and home cinemas, to video games and toys. The presenters of the show will be on hand too to present live shows.
BBC Gardeners World Live
Thurs 11th Jun - Sun 14th Jun
Green fingers will be going wild at this gorgeous summertime exhibition, based on the staple BBC series. Even upon arrival you’ll have your breathe taken away, as the Royal Horticultural Society turns the outdoor areas of the NEC into a stunning oasis of flowers. Inside the exhibition, you’ll find live talks, hands-on experts, and showpiece gardens, all likely to get you planning what to do to your own little patch of land back home.
BBC Good Food Show Summer
Thurs 11th Jun - Sun 14th Jun
Running concurrently with the Gardeners World show is yet another iconic BBC showpiece. The Good Food show has a similar set up - live cooking sessions that invite you to taste everything, a wealth of shopping opportunities, and talks from some of the countries leading chefs, such as Merry Berry, James Martin and John Torode
Birmingham Blogger will be attending the Toys Faire, Motorhome Show and our favourite -The Gadget Show live. Stay tuned for updates.