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Everything you need to know for your visit to BBC Gardeners' World Live

by: BBC Gardeners' World Live 11-Jun-2018

A day out at BBC Gardeners' World Live is wall-to-wall with garden inspiration. With so much on offer, we know you won't want to waste a minute. So here are our top tips for making the most of your day out.


KNOW THE OPENING TIMES

The show is open 9am to 6pm,Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June 2018. You can access The NEC earlier, with a number of cafes open to the public before the Show opens - meaning you've time to relax before your day starts.

If visiting on Thursday, please note that the Floral Marquee will open at 10am, after assessments have finished.


Gardeners world magazine subscriber lounge lucy hall monty don

SUBSCRIBERS GET MORE

Subscribers to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine can access the exclusive Subscriber Lounge at the Show. Look out for your entry card that came with your June issue. Perks include

  • Special guest appearances
  • 9.15am morning talks from the editors sharing their show highlights
  • Goody bag and freebies (bring the goody bag voucher from your June issue)
  • 10% off the FCB coffee cart prices in the Lounge
  • Free re-usable cup from the Woodland Trust team
  • Show prices on Special Edition magazines
  • A place to sit and relax with a great view of the BBC Gardeners' World Live Theatre!

If you're not a subscriber, you can sign up on the day with a great show offer and get all these benefits straight away!


pocket map sponsored by greenthumb

CHECK OUT THE SHOWGUIDE IN ADVANCE

Use our online showguide for an exclusive sneak-peak of the Show in advance. Browse the exhibitors, peruse the timetables, check out the highlights, digest the floorplan and make notes of everything you simply must see during your visit. Get your actual copy for free when arriving at the Show. Also look out for the handy Pocket Map sponsored by GreenThumb also free for all visitors.

Showguide and Pocket Map sponsored by GreenThumb >


 

Shop n drop, plant creche, supported by The Guide Dogs

USE THE SHOP & DROP AND PLANT CRECHE

The Plant Creche and Shop n Drop, supported by The Guide Dogs, mean that you can leave your shopping in safe hands whilst you enjoy the show. Speak to the team about our Car Collection Service too, so you can drive round in your car to pick up your goodies at the end of the day.

Read more >


dress for the weather at BBC Gardeners'' World Live

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

Much of the show takes place outdoors, so do take care to dress for the weather and wear sensible shoes. It's not just your clothes that need to be right for the weather - pop by the Demo Bench sponsored by P20 Sun Protection, in the Floral Marquee, to get a sample of their sun cream.

Weather report >


book parking in advance at The NEC

BOOK PARKING IN ADVANCE

For one less thing to think about on the day, book your NEC Parking in advance.

Book parking now >


PLAN YOUR JOURNEY

If travelling by car, plan your route in advance. On arrival at The NEC, look for the signs directing you to BBC Gardeners' World Live and the BBC Good Food Show Summer. For those coming by train, the station is Birmingham International, which is about 15 minutes walk from the Show, undercover.

More about travel to the Show >


#PlantSelfie - selfie card for BBC Gardeners' World Live

GET YOUR #PLANTSELFIE CARD

Pick you a #PlantSelfie card and snap away around the Show - be sure to tag #BBCGWlive as we'll be sharing out favourites!


Lucy Chamberlain, The Plant Experts, Floral Marquee advice desk

PREP YOUR QUESTIONS

Never have there been more opportunities for personal gardening tips and advice.


Sparks Card, access the Sparks Lounge and money off the M&S Plant Ranges

PACK YOUR SPARKS CARD

You'll get £5 off a spend of £25 in the M&S Outdoor Plant shop at the Show this year, and access to the Sparks Lounge if you flash your Sparks Card!


BRING A BAG (OR TWO)

There's lots to buy at the Show, so bring along your own bags, or buy one of our official Show Shopping bags to reduce the number of plastic carrier bags that you require at the Show.


BRING CASH WITH YOU

There are cash points at the Show but they are chargeable and can have queues, so it's advised that you get your cash in advance. Many exhibitors will take card payment, but not all.


GET TICKETS IN ADVANCE 

Tickets cost more on the door, so if you've not yet booked tickets now's a good time to do so (quote WEB15 to save 15% off standard advanced ticket prices).

Book now >


It's going to be a truly fantastic day out. We can't wait to see you there!


 

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