We want to make sure that you get the best experience you can from your visit to The Big Bang Fair 2017. This list of frequently asked questions should help you plan your visit. If you still have any questions about registration, please contact The Big Bang Ticket Office bbf17@livebuzz.co.uk

For general queries, please contact info@thebigbangfair.co.uk

Is The Big Bang Fair 2017 free to attend?

Yes, The Big Bang Fair is a FREE educational event with many interactive exhibits, workshops and shows to enjoy.

On Saturday only visitors wishing to see one of the headline shows will need to purchase tickets but access to the rest of the event remains free of charge.

Do I need to book additionally for any specific activities or shows?

On Wednesday,Thursday and Friday 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.

On Saturday we operate the same process as above except for the main stage where our headline shows perform. Visitors on Saturday will need to purchase tickets to attend a headline show.

What age groups is The Big Bang Fair 2017 suitable for?

The Big Bang Fair is aimed at students aged 7-19 we a key focus on 11-14's.

When are the opening times for The Big Bang Fair 2017?

The Big Bang Fair will run from Wednesday 15th March to Saturday 18th March 2017. Wednesday to Friday are for visiting school groups and Saturday is our main family day.

Show floor opening times are:

  • Wednesday 15th: 09:30 - 16:00
  • Thursday 16th: 09:30 – 16:00
  • Friday 17th: 09:30 – 16:00
  • Saturday 18th: 09:00 - 16:30
Where is The Big Bang Fair 2017 being held?

The Big Bang Fair 2017 will take place at The NEC, Birmingham.

Halls 17-20

Why do I need to register to attend The Big Bang Fair 2017?

By registering for the Fair this ensure 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.

What should I do if I am having trouble registering for the event?

If you are having any trouble registering for the event, please contact The Big Bang Ticket Office by email.

What activities will be at The Big Bang Fair 2017?

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. For more information check out what's going on in 2017.

Can I come to The Big Bang Fair?

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.

Children under the age of 7 are advised not attend on the weekdays in the interest of safety.

How do I get to The NEC?

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.

See how to get to the NEC

What do I need to bring with me to The Big Bang Fair 2017?

You will receive your group/family entry ticket by email shortly before the event. Please print this for each adult and take them along. Your entry ticket will include information about the event and confirmation of the numbers you have booked.

What if I have not received my ticket by email?

If you have not received your entry ticket by 8th March 2017 then please contact The Big Bang Ticket Office by email.

Please include in your email the name and email address that you registered with and the date of registration.

What do I do when I arrive at The Big Bang Fair 2017?

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.

What time do I need to arrive at The Big Bang Fair 2017?

If you intend to go to any particular timed activity at The Big Bang Fair, we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the activity commences. All shows and workshops will be operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff will be on hand to manage capacities and offer advice on availability.

Please allow at least 3 hours to enjoy the show floor, as well as any additional time for specific shows or activities that you may want to see.

What are the catering facilities at The Big Bang Fair 2017?

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.

Are there facilities for disabled people?

The NEC aims to be fully accessible and user-friendly for disabled visitors.

Find out more about the disabled facilities

Is there anywhere to leave schoolbags/coats?

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.

Where can I download a risk assessment for The Big Bang Fair?
Where can I download the NEC's risk assessment and public liability information?
Can I volunteer?

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.

Volunteering at The Big Bang Fair