Event Location

The NEC, Birmingham

Getting here

NEC Birmingham (B40 1NT) is an ideal location. It is so easy to get to by car, train or plane. The exhibition centre is clearly signposted from all motorways and a 5-minute walk from the train station.

With over 16000 car parking spaces, you have no issue parking either. Please consider how you can reduce your environmental impact and look at car sharing or the train.

Opening times

The show is open 17- 20 February 2022, 10am – 6pm daily except Sunday, which is 10am – 5pm.

There is a vast choice of hotels, bars, and restaurants to extend your day at the NEC, so there is no need to rush home.

Why not consider staying over and exploring Bear Grylls Adventure and popping to the cinema and shopping centre – there is something for the whole family.


BoatLife has partnered up with Nubreed Hotels as the official hotel booking partner to make it so much easier for you to book your accommodation than ever before.

Prices per night start at £70. You’ll be spoilt for choice from Hilton to Ibis to Moxy – simple hotels through to luxurious spas.

Local Attractions

Make the most of your visit to the NEC, Birmingham by taking advantage of 25% off activities at the Bear Grylls Adventure Indoor/Outdoor Activity Centre.

Located within the NEC Resorts World complex just a short walk away from BoatLife Live, there’s fun to be had for all the family!

Brave Europe’s highest and most extreme high ropes course, head upwards at the climbing wall, channel your inner Legolas with archery target practice, even take the plunge with a snorkel session in their tropical tank.

Or, if you’d prefer to give your brain a workout, try a mind-boggling escape room and try to beat the clock!

Simply head to www.beargryllsadventure.com/ and enter the code “BOATLIFE” at the checkout.

Or visit Resort World Birmingham, open 7.00am to 10pm

Food & Drink

Over 10 different food outlets at NEC for you to enjoy, everything from a quick coffee and cake through to traditional British meal or some wonderful Italian pasta.


Popular brands will keep you topped up during the day including Starbucks, Subway, Barrel & Stone and Wetherspoons.


Download Zapaygo before you arrive at the NEC so you can pre-order and pay for your food online with ease.