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Address: Bickenhill Parkway, Birmingham B40 1NT, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 121 780 4141
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Great day at The Good Food Show, Winter 2015, NEC

Really enjoyed our day out with a friend and two kids. We were there all day and still didn't get round it all. Lots of stalls giving out free tasters, live kitchen stage sets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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York, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

its been a long time since ive been here and with being at a few moto gp events this year 5 of us popped a long for a look !!! what a good show from all !! lots of things to do !! lots of top riders to talk to and sign there life away halls 2-3-4 were used ?... More 

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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed our day out with a friend and two kids. We were there all day and still didn't get round it all. Lots of stalls giving out free tasters, live kitchen stage sets positioned around the halls to watch celebrity chefs do what they're best at (and even get a seat if you were lucky), book signings, gin &... More 

Thank kateb901
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169 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to several Good Food Shows at the NEC but this year's was one of the best. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in the Celebrity Theatre proved to be a splendid double act despite Paul's attempt at making a chocolate roulade being something of a disaster. It was really a masterclass in how not to make one but... More 

Thank demoncodger
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A work colleague and I visited the NEC for two days recently, on the first day there was no shuttle buses running from our car park to the venue which was disappointing especially for someone who has physical disabilities, so the walk for me was extremely difficult. Accessing the venue was straightforward and we found the hall we needed to... More 

Thank Jen R
Southampton, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When I last arrived here by rail I thought the bad signing around the massive site was because it was really a car based venue. Arriving by car, I find the answer much simpler. It's just badly signed. And with site and parking staff drafted in with no knowledge of the venue, they can't help either. Much like the unfriendly... More 

Thank OnwardTraveller
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am writing to say how disgusted I am in the staffs common knowledge at the NEC I visited on Friday and asked for the directions to subway your staff sent me on a 15 minute walk to get to one when there was one 5 minutes away. I now have isolation in school for taking to long to get... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited yesterday for the annual comic-con, and I've never seen the event so poorly run, no structure, no organisation, people queuing for hours whilst people walked right to the front, was a real shamble. Sort it out for next year guys.

Thank RichardGecko
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

it took two days to see round and was a grand weekend away and my legs were done in after walking so far the only bad thing was people with back packs on in a crowded place

Thank Ken T
Cannock, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here for many events. great venue, easy access although Last year my father was taken unwell and we had to dial 999 - they were hopeless until I asked them about the fire and emergency procedures. They didn't even know which gate I had to send the ambulance to !! - Once I started shouting - managers came from... More 

Thank Cliff B
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This venue always pulls off a good event for Grand Designs. The arena split into clearly defined areas such as 'Build' 'Garden' 'Interiors' etc with a central cafe facility and plenty others around the inside. This event is mostly packed solid, especially over a weekend, and some areas busier than others. A good facility for large crowd attracting events.

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