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UK Trade Show Calendar 2019

February 12, 2019 /
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UK Trade Show Calendar

No matter what industry you’re in, if you are a small to medium business, you’ll, no doubt, need to attend a trade show to help advertise your brand.

There are thousands of trade fairs that take place across the UK, from catering to sports, to art and gardening. It is essential that you attend one of the 2019 trade shows and exhibitions that attract your potential customers, and will benefit your brand.

If you are launching a product, trade shows are a sure-fire way to get your product noticed.

While we won’t publish all the trade shows taking place across the country this year, here we’ve listed quite a few of the major events in this exhibition calendar.


So whether you’re a well-established company putting together your marketing strategy or a start-up business, aiming to advertise your new product or service, we’ve got you covered.

First of all, you’ll need to consider what category your business falls into. Industry categories include:

  • Building and construction
  • Animals and pets
  • Energy and utilities
  • Environment and Waste Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Children, babies and maternity
  • Weddings
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare
  • Transport and travel
  • Sport
  • Jewellery
  • Food and beverage
  • And more…

Depending on which category your business falls into, the size of the trade show may vary. You’ll need to adapt your exhibition based upon how you will get the attention of potential customers.

Of course,

exhibition walling

provides an excellent base to advertise your product and can be filled with various decorative features, no matter what industry you’re in.


It is best to carry out a search within your particular industry to find a detailed list of exhibitions associated with your business, however, some of the main exhibitions are listed below for those businesses who simply want to find out the dates of the most well-known events for 2019.

Top tip: Bear in mind how far you need to travel to get to the exhibition and how much having a stand there will cost. Is the ROI for that particular event worth it?

We’ve tried to separate the events by month so that you can plan your marketing strategy and travel accordingly.

Feb 2019


Caravan, camping and motorhome show


Feb 19-24, NEC, Birmingham

First chance to see the newest collection of tents, caravans and all things camping before the 2019 camping season begins. The UK’s biggest manufacturers in the camping industry will be there to showcase their latest products. The cost of entry is £8.



Event Production Show


Feb 26-27, London Olympia

The ideal exhibition for anyone working in the live events organising industry. The Event Production Show features expert talks, supplier information, live event tips and more.





FEB 26-28 ExCel, London

Production, media and broadcasting is the aim of the BVE exhibition. In fact, this event is HUGE. Lots of buyers attend, including companies in production, live sport and live entertainment.


March 2019


Marketing Week Live


Mar 6-7, London Olympia

A key event for marketers and influencers, Marketing Week Live is an essential event to attend if you want to keep up with all the latest marketing trends.







March 7-10, NEC Birmingham

Even if you don’t have dogs, you’ll no doubt have heard of Crufts. Not only are there over 550 trade fairs selling all things dog-related, but 22 000 dogs will also be competing for Cruft’s “Best in Show” competition.



The London Book Fair


March 12 – 14, London Olympia

The London Book Fair is a must-attend event for those working in the book industry. Whether you are a library agent, author, bookseller or distributor, you’d be mad to miss this massive book fair.


April 2019


Sign & Digital UK


Apr 2-4, NEC Birmingham

If you need an event for sign making, digital printing and display solutions, then the Sign & Digital UK exhibition is the ideal exhibition for 2019. It has been going for 25 years too!



The Ingredients Show


Apr 8-10, NEC Birmingham

You don’t need too long to guess what is at the heart of The Ingredients Show…

The great thing about The Ingredients Show is the fact it runs along the side of the Farm Shop & Deli Show and helps businesses find the ingredients, services and solutions to take the business to the next level.



Farm Shop & Deli Show


Apr 8-10, NEC Birmingham

The Farm Shop & Deli Show runs alongside The Ingredients Show, as well as other food-orientated trade fairs like the National Convenience Show.

The exhibition provides local and regional businesses to consider all the areas of their product. They’ll think about how best to promote it, as well as packaging techniques and wholesalers.


May 2019


The Baby Show


May 17-19, NEC Birmingham

The Baby Show is the ideal event for parents expecting a new child.  It is a trade fair dedicated to pregnancy and parenting.



Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival


May 24-27, London Olympia

Expect leading therapists and experts to attend the Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival, as well as yoga taster sessions and more. There will be music and various interactive experiences on offer.  



UK Games Expo


May 31- Jun 2, NEC Birmingham

The exhibition that celebrates board games, tabletop games and family games. Yes, that’s right, we’re not talking computer games here. The exhibition offers the children to try out some new board games for themselves! The cost ranges from £8-£80.


June 2019


The Media Production Show


Jun 11-12

A key networking event for those working in the TV, music or video sectors. Professionals can listen to seminars about all aspects of producing creative pieces.



New Designers- Part 1


Jun 26-29

The exhibition where the newly graduated designers from leading universities gather together to showcase their pieces. The exhibition follows a particular design theme and consists of an awards ceremony.


July 2019


New Designers- Part 2


Jul 3-6

The second of the New Designers exhibitions that follows a different design discipline to the first and has a different awards ceremony. There approximately 3000 new designers at each ceremony.




Manchester Furniture Show


July 14-16

One of the biggest furniture shows, the Manchester Furniture show is ideal for anyone interested in home improvement. It consists of numerous domestic furniture catalogues on offer to make your home great.


August 2019


Moda Accessories



The Moda Accessories trade fair is an exhibition especially for women’s fashion and takes place bi-annually.


September 2019


Autumn Fair


Sep 1-4, NEC, Birmingham

The top choice of an exhibition for wholesale gifts, in perfect time for Christmas.





Sep 10-12, NEC, Birmingham

The UK’s biggest and most renowned garden and outdoor living show. Products span outdoor entertainment, pets, garden decoration and more.



Hotel & Spa Tech Live


Hotel & Spa Tech Live is the ideal exhibition for hospitality professionals and features over 250 exhibitions, showing the latest innovations in the hotel and spa sector.


October 2019




Oct 1-3, NEC, Birmingham

PPMA stands for the Processing & Packaging Machinery Trade Association Show. The exhibition is one of the leading production line events in the UK. It is attended by many manufacturers across the country, from various industries.



November 2019


CAKE International


November 1-3, NEC, Birmingham

At the centre of any baking should be CAKE International! The exhibition that brings the keenest of cake decorators and baking supplies, any cake-orientated business should attend this show.



The National Pet Show


Nov 2-3, NEC, Birmingham

The National Pet Show spans all pet species, from reptiles to furry friends like dogs, cats and rabbits. Shop various pet products, see animals and check out the most recent pet supplies.



December 2019


Toy Fair


Dec 27, NEC, Birmingham

Where Toy Story truly comes to life, the Toy Fair takes place at the end of the year in 2019 and lasts one day.

The exhibition is ideal for buyers, professionals, wholesalers, toy makers and more…