- Who can attend?
The Spring Fair is a trade fair so therefore it is not open to members of the general public. You are eligible to attend if you have buying and purchasing responsibilities or control spend. Independent retail stores, multiples, department stores, online businesses, mail order companies, supermarkets, distributors, importers, wholesalers, multi-channel retailers or those looking to start a retail business (in the next 12months) are all suitable visitors to Spring Fair.
- How can I register for the show?
Our full registration is open 2 months before the start of the show. Prior to this, you may register your interest in attending the show which will mean you are notified once full registration for the show opens. For our registration page, click here.
To register for a Press Pass, click here.
- I am a student, am I able to attend the show?
Students of Undergraduate level and above (individuals and groups) on relevant courses of study are welcome to attend the show but will not be permitted to trade. Students will be asked to show an NUS Identity card or equivalent student identity.
- Can I bring children?
We advise that children under 16 do not attend the event as this is a trade only event and there are no crèche facilities. A Childs entry pass will be required for all those under the age of 16 – these can only be picked up on the day from the registration desks in the main entrance. Anyone over the age of 16 will be required to register for the event via the normal process.
- Is the show free to attend?
Entry is free to all trade visitors (or those looking to open a new business in the next 12 months) who register in advance. Entry on the day without pre-registration or a badge is £30.00.
- Can I register when on arrival to the show? / on-site
Yes, you may register on arrival to the show however there is an on the day registration and entry free of £30.00 to do so.
- When will I receive my Entry badge?
Post: If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your entry badge will arrive within the two week run up the show open. However, if you do not receive your entry badge by post you can still print your e-badge which you will receive attached to your confirmation email once you have registered to attend the show.
Email: If you opted to go green you can print your e-badge at the end of registration or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your ticket, don’t worry – just show us your confirmation email on your mobile device.
- When will I receive my Little Black Book?
If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your Little Black Book will arrive with your entry badge within the two week run up to the show open. If you have opted to go green, to download the Little Black Book via the show website, click here.
NB. The Little Black Book will be available online 3 weeks before the show open and 12 weeks after the show close.
- Can I edit my registration details?
If you wish to edit your registration details, please go our registration page, enter your registration key (from your confirmation email) and insert it into the registration key box at the start of the registration process. This will open your previous registration and all details can be edited.
Alternatively, you can click on ‘edit details’ on the confirmation email after you have registered and this will also take you to your registration details.
NB: The option of having your entry badge posted cannot be changed in the 2 week run up to the show open days as badges will have already been posted.
- Is my show registration, date specific?
Registration for the show is non-date specific. Once you have registered and have printed your e-badge/received your entry badge you are able to attend the show on any of the show open days and as many times as you wish.
- Where does my visitor entry ticket/entry badge allow me access to?
Your e-badge/entry badge allows you access to the whole show unless stated otherwise. For example, if your e-badge states ‘Press’ you will have access to the show Press Lounge.
- What if I have forgotten my entry ticket/badge when I arrive at the show?
Registration staff at the main registration desks will be able to find you by company name/surname on our data base to print your entry badge. If you can, please provide proof of company name via business card or confirmation email etc. Entry to the show without e-badge/entry badge will be done at the registration staffs discretion.
Venue, Travel and Accommodation
- Where does the Show take place?
Halls 1 – 20
- How do I get there?
To find out more about how to get to the Spring Fair, please see our dedicated travel page here. If you are travelling by train, you are entitled to a 25% discount on Virgin Trains. Simply book your journey to the NEC using this link and the 25% discount will be automatically applied to your booking.
- Where do I park?
Parking is free of charge for all visitors. Standard parking is available in our North, South and East Car Parks, with regular shuttle buses to take you from these car parks to the halls. Standard parking is not pre-bookable. Just follow the signs when you arrive.
- Where can I stay?
To find out more about where to stay during your visit to the Spring Fair, please see our dedicated accommodation page here.
- Is there free WIFI at the venue?
Yes, free WIFI is available throughout all the Show Halls at the NEC Birmingham. To connect, select ‘NEC Free Wifi’, and fill in the information form on your browser page.
- What date/time does the show open?
Saturday 6th feburary : 10:00 – 17:00
Volume and Other Halls:
Sunday 7st - Wednesday 10th February: 09:00 – 18:00
Thursday 11th February: 09:00 – 16:00
- Is there a cloakroom?
Yes, there are cloakrooms available in the main piazza and atrium at all show entrances. Prices start at £1.00 per item. Items are left at your own risk. Large cases accepted within reason.
- How do I find my way around the show once I have arrived?
On arrival to the show, show guides with floor plans will be available to collect at the entrance. Alternatively for a basic layout of the show, click here.
- Is there a cash point?
Full banking facilities are available at the Natwest Bank located in the Piazza outside Hall 4. Cashpoints are located adjacent to Hall 1 and in the Atrium, opposite Hall 8 and next to Hall 9.
- Are there disabled facilities at the venue?
Yes. To find out more details about disabled access and facilities, click here.
Information about Exhibitors
- Who will be exhibiting/How many exhibitors will there be?
Spring Fair previews new collections from over 1,600 UK and International exhibitors. It has 20 show sections over 20 halls; Contemporary Gift and Home, Kitchen Dining and Housewares, Gifts, Home interiors and Furniture, Gift Home and Volume, Greetings and Gift, Children’s Gift, Toys and Gadgets, Body Bath and Home Fragrance, The Summerhouse and Fashion Jewellery and Accessories. More details can be found here.
- Can my company exhibit?
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Spring Fair 2016, please see our enquiry page here. Alternatively you can contact our sales team via the below details:
Spring Fair Sales enquiries:
T: +44 (0)203 033 2144
- What is the Volume hall?
Your destination for wholesale gifts. Grow your business in a big way in the Gift, Home and VOLUME sector – displaying a special selection of the best value wholesale volume and clearance products.
Seminar and Features Information
- How many seminars are there?
There will be seminars taking place at the show including trend presentations from WGSN and HomeBuildLife, the global trend forecasters – this will take place on the Trend & Advice Theatre in Hall 6. Discover the latest design trends, e-commerce developments and visual merchandising tips at Spring Fair with exceptional industry experts and Q&As – this will take place on the Retail Shop Theatre in Hall 4.
For more seminar information, click here.
- Are seminars free to attend?
Yes, seminars are free to attend.
- Are seminars ticketed?
No, our seminars are run on a first come, first served basis. All we advise is to arrive at the seminar plenty of time before the start time to ensure you get a seat and don’t miss out.
- Do I need a visa?
Not sure if you need a visa to visit the UK? To take a look at the UK Border Agency information page, click here.
- I require an invitation letter to assist with my visa application. How do I apply?
Unfortunately we cannot issue personal/individual letters of invitation for visa purposes. Once you have registered via the show website you will receive a confirmation email which is sufficient for visa application.