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FAQs

Any further questions?
If you have any other questions that are not answered on this website then please be sure to ask us directly. Please email your query to restoration@clarionevents.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Q: What are the dates?
A:

Friday 31st March 2017
Saturday 1st April 2017             
Sunday 2nd April 2017            

Q: What are the opening hours?
A:

Friday 31st March: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 1st April: 9.00am - 6.00pm             
Sunday 2nd April: 9.00am - 5.00pm  

Q: How much are the tickets?
A: Tickets are now on sale, check out our ticket packages here

Q: I prefer to buy my advance tickets over the phone, not over the web, what number should I use?
A: Tickets are now on sale! Call the dedicated ticket sales line on 0844 858 6758*

Q: Can I buy tickets on the door?
A: Yes you certainly can, however, to save you time and money, buying in advance is altogether more convenient and offers better prices.

Q: How much is car parking?
A: The car parking charge is currently £12.00 per car (click here to see The NEC's parking information)
Just so you are aware, this is a charge levied by the venue (The NEC) and not by the show.
The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration 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.

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 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.
Or – some people prefer to park at Birmingham International Station (1300 spaces with covered walk through to NEC Halls).
Or - 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.

Q: What about if I've bought a packed lunch?
A: Visitors to other NEC-based shows often comment that there's nowhere to sit and eat packed lunches in the halls. Please be aware that just outside the halls on the Piazza area, there is seating available. There's no problem leaving the halls (you'll get your hand stamped on exit allowing you back in) for a while to eat your lunch.

Q: Are there any special food offers?
A: Not at the moment but check back here nearer the show.

Q: What else is on at the same time and where can I stay?
A: For NEC  venue detail click here. For general info on everything else to do with what’s on/where to stay etc in Birmingham, see our 'staying here' section or visit http://www.visitbirmingham.com/

Q:How do I book tickets for assisted access visitors?
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. If you book over the telephone on 0844 858 6758 then you can book both the assisted access visitor's ticket (at standard ticket price) and also your free carer's ticket. You can opt to have the full-price show ticket posted out or emailed and print at home, and you will have to collect the 'Carer goes free' pass at the box office on arrival at the NEC. 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. You will again be required to bring proof of your disability with you to the show.

Q: Will there be assitance for those with a hearing difficulty on the Live stage?
A: We will be hosting sign language translated sessions on the Live Stage and the Workshop on one show day across the weekend. The date will be announced closer to the show. 

Q: Will there be assitance at the NEC?
A: If you have any queries or need assistance during your visit, please contact any member of 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 require assisted access visitors to pay the standard charge of £12.00 to park. If you have issues with this and wish to complain please speak directly to the venue via www.thenec.co.uk as this policy is nothing whatsoever to do with the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, or any other NEC-based Clarion Events-organised show. A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for hire free of charge to registered disabled and at a cost of £5.00 per day for visitors who are not registered disabled, on a first come first served basis. Electric scooters can be hired at a cost of £15 per day. Please telephone Bartams on 01353 778756 to book in advance. Lines are open 9.00-18.00 Monday - Sunday.Further information for Disabled and Disabled Carers can be found here: www.thenec.co.uk/planningavisit/disabledvisitors

*All bookings are subject to a transaction fee of £1.50. Calls cost 13ppm plus standard network extras. Tickets include a showguide worth £4.00.