Plan your visit


The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair has announced today that this year’s Fair - due to take place 11 to 14 March 2020 - has been cancelled.


Why attend?

The Fair is free, and it gives young people the chance to try out over 100 hands-on activities, see dozens of mind-boggling shows, hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK’s biggest companies and find out about the opportunities available in STEM.

Download this information letter to share with your headteacher, colleagues and parents

About registration

All visitors must book their tickets before arriving at the Fair.

All adults must be accompanying a child.

Please be aware that on Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 March, under 7s are not permitted to attend. Under 7s are welcome to visit on Saturday 14 March. 

If you need any assistance with your booking please contact The Ticket Factory.

Changes to your booking?

You will be able to edit or delete you booking via the registration website. You will be asked for your registration ID which looks like this: BBF-XXXXXXX and can be found in your visitor confirmation email.

What can you see and do?

The Big Bang Fair engages and inspires young people through interactive and engaging activities, workshops and shows.

See a list of all confirmed activities, shows and workshops for the 2020 Fair!

  • 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. Find out what happens in the Careers Cabin.

  • There will also be timed theatre shows and workshops. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You can also download the 2020 visitor guide, which includes a map and schedule, to get a flavour of what to expect at The Fair!

Practical information

Getting there

The NEC is the UK’s most accessible venue for exhibitions and events. It’s easily accessible by road and public transport. More details including special offers are available on the NEC website.

See how to get to the NEC


The car park cost £12 per day when booked in advance and £16 if paid for on the day. Coach parking is £20 per day. Coach parking is not available to pre-book, and is pay on entry.

Lunch options

Picnic areas are available if bringing packed lunches. If you plan to buy your lunch at The Fair, there are numerous options for hot and cold meals. We would recommend visitors bringing £10 if purchasing lunch.


Cloakrooms are available and charged at £1 per item. The halls can become quite hot when busy, so coats are not required. All activities are hands-on, so we recommend using a rucksack to keep your hands free!


The Big Bang Fair and NEC aim to be accessible for all.

Download our accessibility guide for more information on how we can support your visit. 

Find out more about facilities at the NEC

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about specific requirements for your group, please contact

Health and safety

The health and safety of our visitors is a priority. The Big Bang Fair works in conjunction with the NEC and independent health and safety advisers to ensure that all aspects of The Fair are managed safely.

View full details of our health and safety arrangements

Download the full Visiting School Risk Assessment

View West Midlands Police practical information

Learning outside the classroom

We do not hold a learning outside of the classroom accreditation, however, you can download our template EV4 form to help with your planning.

Photography and filming

At the Fair, we will have official photographers who are permitted to capture images for marketing purposes. You can opt young persons in your group out of photography when booking your tickets. Please be aware it is a public event and many visitors will have their own cameras and smart phones.

Read our photography terms and conditions

Contact us

We are happy to advise group leaders who are planning or booking a visit. Please email with your query and we will respond to you within 48 hours.

The usual working hours of the team are 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays.