We want to make sure that you get the best experience you can from your visit to The Big Bang Fair. This list of frequently asked questions should help you plan your visit.
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Yes, The Big Bang Fair is a FREE educational event with many interactive exhibits, workshops and shows to enjoy.
Everything on the show floor and all theatre shows and activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Queuing systems for activities are capacity managed so you will never queue and not get in, therefore ensuring your time at The Fair is maximised.
The Big Bang Fair is aimed at students aged 7-19, we have a key focus on 11-14s.
Young people aged 16 and under wishing to attend, must be accompanied by someone aged over 16. In the interest of safety, children under the age of 7 are not permitted to attend on weekdays. However, they are welcome to attend on the family day on Saturday.
The Big Bang Fair will run from Wednesday 14th March to Saturday 17th March 2018. Wednesday to Friday are for visiting school groups and Saturday is our family day.
Show floor opening times are:
- Wednesday 14th: 09:30 - 16:00
- Thursday 15th: 09:30 – 16:00
- Friday 16th: 09:30 – 16:00
- Saturday 17th: 09:00 - 16:30
The Big Bang Fair 2018 will take place at The NEC, Birmingham.
By registering for the Fair this ensures you easy access on the day and enables us to send you all the relevant information about your visit and tells us how many visitors we can expect.
The Big Bang Fair aims to engage and inspire young people through interactive and engaging activities, workshops and shows. There will be a large exhibition floor designed to encourage a journey of discovery through the event. Many of the stands will feature working scientists and engineers, all available to answer any questions that young people have about jobs and careers. There will also be a number of timed theatre shows and workshops. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schools groups, families and PGCE Students are all welcome to attend the Fair.
In accordance with our safeguarding policy, no adults may attend the Fair unless accompanied by children. Any adult wishing to attend without children must contact The Big Bang Fair in advance for permission to attend and will not be admitted to the Fair without that permission.
Young people aged 16 and under wishing to attend, must be accompanied by someone aged over 16.
In the interest of safety, children under the age of 7 are not permitted to attend on weekdays. However, they are welcome to attend on the family day on Saturday.
The NEC is the UK’s most accessible venue for exhibitions and events. It’s easy to get here by car, train, plane, coach or bus, and there’s plenty of parking too.
On arrival at The NEC, please follow the signs and guides towards the registration area. Here you will be presented with lanyards. Everyone must wear these at all times - you will not be allowed into the event areas without them.
If you are arriving by coach, please make sure your school group exits the coach promptly to ensure that other visiting groups are not delayed in entering the venue.
There are numerous catering outlets onsite for visitors to purchase food. There will also be picnic areas within the event with space for your group to sit and eat packed lunches.
The NEC aims to be fully accessible and user-friendly for disabled visitors.
Visitors are encouraged to carry as little as possible around the event with them. There will be a manned cloakroom facility onsite where visitors can store bags, coats and luggage if required at a cost.
We are always looking for volunteers to help at the Fair, please click on the link below for more information about the roles available and how to apply.
The Big Bang Fair Exhibition Map can be downloaded here.
On arrival, visitors who identify as being on the autism spectrum will be issued with a pink card attached to their lanyard which allows our exhibitors/volunteers/crew know that they have identified with autism. We have issued guidance to all exhibitors on how to best communicate with those wearing pink cards, as well as ensuring reduced queueing time for stage shows.
We also have a quiet room located in Organiser Office 20.3 on-site for those who need it.