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All you need to know about the National Pet Show!

Please read through all the FAQs below to find answers to some of the questions we get asked a lot. 

If you still have a query which is not answered here or elsewhere on the website, please contact the National Pet Show team. 

What is the National Pet Show

The National Pet Show is an unmissable event for pet lovers, owners and families! Packed full of hundreds of different animals, amazing animal action displays and plenty of fun and informative talks. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and learn about different types of animals as well as discover the latest goodies and gadgets to buy. 

When is the National Pet Show?

The National Pet Show takes place on Saturday 2nd November and Sunday 3rd November 2019 from 9:30am - 5:00pm both days. 

Can I bring my pet to the National Pet Show?

As a general rule, we do not allow visitors to bring their pets to the show, this is for the welfare of the animals already attending the show as well as your own pet's. 

Where is the National Pet Show Held?

The National Pet Show is held at the NEC, Birmingham. Visit our Directions and Travel page to plan your journey. 

Parking at the NEC

Pay with cash or card on the day of the show. 

Regular shuttle buses (subject to availability). 

Save time & avoid payment queues by upgrading to pre-paid parking at no extra cost or NEC Express Parking to get even closer to the halls. Pre-paid parking is £12 a day. Click here for more information and to book parking in advance. 

Pay on the day parking is £16. 

When do I receive my ticket once I have booked?

You can choose to print out your own ticket or have a ticket sent to you in the post. If you request an e-ticket you can print this off and bring the ticket with you or you can show the ticket on your phone. 

Can I buy pets at the National Pet Show?

Although we have a large selection of many different types of animals at the show, they are not available to buy. 

We do however have lots of breeders, rescue centres and vets who can help you and provide information so you can make an informed choice when buying a pet. 

What will Noel Fitzpatrick be doing at the show?

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will be attending the show on Saturday 2 November. Join him at Noel's Ark where he will be interviewed by our Junior Reporter!

What procedures do you have in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals?

Animal welfare and responsible pet ownership are of uttermost importance to the organiser. We have a vet at the show at all times who checks many of the animals coming into the show as well as an animal welfare officer. 

Do I need to pay for a show guide?

No, the show guide is free!

Public Photography and Video Filming

We allow filming at the event but wish to protect the integrity of the event and its exhibitors. You are free to record your own visit for your own personal home use. You will not be able to sell any photos or moving images of the event for commercial or other gain. Please respect the privacy of other attendees who may not want to be filmed. Please do not bring any professional equipment with you and please be aware of health and safety issues. By attending the event, you consent to be filmed and sound recorded as part of the audience.

Are there any age restrictions?

No there are no age restrictions. We welcome everyone, young and old, to the show! For everyone's safety, children and youths under the age of 16 must be supervised by an accompanying adult (aged 18 and over) at all times during their visit. 

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