Exhibitor parking

A simple in-out operation

It’s our aim to make sure parking at the NEC is as painless as possible at all times - particularly during build up and breakdown. With this in mind, we’ve put together the following overview to keep things as simple as possible. The main things to remember are that there’s a speed limit of 15mph within the inner area and high visibility clothing must be worn at all times in the offloading area. It’s common sense really.

Exhibitor Advantage Parking

You spoke, we listened. Following exhibitor feedback we’re pleased to offer a new parking option that provides you with a guaranteed parking space at the rear of the halls. This provides the flexibility to arrive late or leave early. Better still, we’re currently offering a special rate of £30 per day (usually £50) on advanced bookings. Please note, bookings must be for the entire duration of the show open period (not just for the breakdown day). Cars and people carriers only – sorry, no vans are allowed. Once you’ve booked your space we’ll pop a pack in the post containing your pass, which you’ll need to display in your vehicle. Exhibitor Advantage spaces are available for most shows and can be booked three months in advance. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, as spaces are limited.

Book Parking

Pass on your details

When you enter the lorry park one of our friendly traffic officers will issue you with a timed vehicle access pass then direct you to the appropriate gate. It’s essential you clearly jot down your correct contact details and mobile number on the pass so we can contact you in the case of an emergency. The pass should also be clearly displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle at all times - no exceptions.

Deposit System

Keeping traffic flowing during event build up and breakdown is one of our biggest challenges, which is why at some events we operate a deposit system to keep things moving along during very busy build ups. When a deposit system is in place you’ll be required to pay a £50 deposit in exchange for a time restricted vehicle access pass for delivery/offloading. If you remove your vehicle from the inner area unloading areas within the allocated delivery time, you’ll get the full deposit back. Return late and you’ll lose your £50. Simple. Don’t forget, the refund must be claimed on the day of issue.

To save even more time, you can also pre-book your deposit system delivery by visiting http://voyagecontrol.com/necbirmingham This offers fast track arrival with no need to return to the lorry park once your unloading is complete. Simply leave the inner unloading areas within your allocated time and our ANPR system will do the rest. The charge is only levied if you overstay. Booking is normally available two months before the start of the event. Not all shows have a deposit system in place, so if you’re not sure, we recommend giving your organiser a shout or check your exhibitor manual.

Finally, if you plan on staying at the National Exhibition Centre for the whole day once you have unloaded, please park your vehicle completely free of charge in one of our outer area car parks.


Build up and breakdown

All build up and breakdown vehicles should follow our electronic directional signage for the dedicated lorry parks in use on the day (either South, North 1a or North 12). During the build and breakdown periods parking is completely free for exhibitors and contractors, however please be aware that on occasion a deposit system may be in place.


We’re not ones for chaos at the NEC and we doubt you are either, that’s why we insist all vehicles at the rear of the halls are parked in an orderly manner. This ensures offloading is quick, safe and expletive-free. With so many people and forklifts in action, we also ask you to be extra vigilant and to don your trusty neon jackets at all times.

One last thing, vehicles must not park on yellow hatch markings or red lines unless directed to do so by one of our traffic officers. And please never, ever park on red hatch markings.  These are Emergency Exit routes for everyone's safety.

Open period delivering

If you’re making a delivery on the opening morning and subsequent days of the event, you’ll need to head to the lorry park and pick up a timed vehicle access pass. Once again please be aware of the time limit on your pass and once offloaded please leave the rear of the hall and head to one of our outer area car parks (or back out on the road of course).

Please note, only cars and people carriers that have purchased Exhibitor Advantage parking for the open period of an event, can park at the rear of the halls.


Find answers for all your questions

Fretting about facilities? Panicking about parking? Worried about Wi-Fi? Here’s where you’ll find the answers to all your burning questions.

exhibitors faqs