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The Top 10 UK Exhibitions

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For both businesses and individuals, exhibitions are an integral part of networking. Helping you keep in the loop with the latest industry developments, you can directly communicating with companies at their stands and even setting up that potential new business deal. It’s clear that there’s more exhibitions than just in art and museums.

ITR are proud to offer equipment to hire for a wide range of exhibitions and trade fairs across the UK, and we like to keep updated with all the latest and greatest exhibitions. From fashion and video games to the latest in current and future technologies, we’ve compiled a collection of some of the top events throughout the country.


Beginning the list with an industry leader, Bett is a global event that brings together learning technology experts and companies from all over the world in 4 day long trade show. Showcasing the latest in education technology, it also hosts a series of summits including keynotes, panels and case studies for the ever changing world of education.

One of the most exciting parts of next years exhibition, taking place between Wednesday 21st January to Saturday 24th, is the Bett Arena. Hosting inspirational presentations from some of the leading experts in the industry, for over 30 years the exhibition has welcomed more than 35,000 visitors to this sector defining event.

The Clothes Show Live

From one type of education to a very different kind, the Clothes Show is the Birmingham-based consumer fashion exhibition, taking place every year since 1990 at the National Exhibition Centre. Every December, the largest beauty and fashion event in Britain descends on the second capital of the country for four days.

With over 500 stalls from the latest in clothing, style, modelling workshops and even music, it’s not just a shopper’s paradise but a feast for all those style inclined. Whether you’re hoping to promote your brand or keep up to date with the competition, the clothes show is a massive event for those in the business of fashion.

Square Meal’s Venues & Events Live

Those in the events and venue industry will be no strangers to the Square Meal’s exhibition, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. This London based event invites 250 top exhibitors to showcase at the very best venues, not just in the capital but throughout the UK.

The event is jam packed with talks and seminars from some of the best names in the industry, and also offers food tasting and a chance to talk face to face with some of the leader’s in events and venues. As a company that caters to the events industry ourself, these exhibitions can help fill your work diary for the year, or stuff it with some exciting new contacts.

The London Classic Car Show

Staying in the capital, but looking at a way to travel in style, the London Classic car show is the event for anyone with a taste for vintage vehicles. Next year sees the beginning of the UK’s first classic car show on a national level, organised by the team behind Top Gear Live and CarFest, and it looks like a fine solution to the current absence of a large scale classic car show.

From 8th - 11th January the ExCel will showcase some of the finest classic motors in the world, perfect for dealers and companies, or for those hoping to witness some of Britain’s fantastic car heritage.

Ideal Home Show

A regular fixture for interior designers and homeowners everywhere, the country’s favourite home show presents visitors with the latest in all things domestic. With talks from industry leaders including Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and Gino D’Acampo, it’s like walking into your favourite lifestyle television show.

This is an event that has both exhibitors and visitors queuing up to be involved. It showcases some the finest home wares in both London and this year has set up in Manchester too. The latest event has just passed, but with regular conventions it’s a great opportunity for a wide range of companies to present their good and services, and a great day out for visitors.

The Big Bang Fair

Exhibitions aren’t just for companies hoping to present their stock to potential customers, as the Big Bang Fair will attests to. This is the largest exhibition in the UK that promotes and celebrates all things rational; mathematics, engineering, science and technology all vye for the attention of the primarily 7 - 19 aged visitors.

With educative talks and inspiring seminars, the fair began in 2009, and since receiving over 75,000 visitors, the NEC Birmingham based exhibition has played home to the developing minds of our technological future. Pushing exhibitors to their meddle, it also showcases the very latest in presentation technology and equipment.

Pure London

With the blistering speed that the style industry moves at, it’s no surprise that there are so many fashion exhibitions throughout the year. For one of the style capitals of the world you should expect no less. Pure London sets out to make an event with a difference, as a collective of clothing and beauty experts gathering twice a year from over 64 countries. It is one of the few industry facing events for all levels, offering a platform specifically for establish and rising talent.

This is one of the largest industry gatherings in the UK and it champions newcomers, creatives and visionaries. This is not only a great place for established brands to see the latest brimming talent, but also for start up companies to get some much needed exposure.

The Meetings Show

As any company or business will tell you, both inbound and outbound meetings are vital to not only staying afloat, but for clear sailing above competitors. One of the most established business to business events in the country is the Meetings Show, covering everything from networking and skills events to destinations, venues and hotels.

This could be a business changing opportunity for both suppliers and visitors, as they have the opportunity to talk direct with other companies and individuals about working together.. With a dynamic stall and presentation, you could gain some powerful connections and valuable clients.


One of the fastest growing industries of the past ten years has without a doubt been that of gaming. From casual smartphone puzzles, right through to blockbuster shoot ‘em ups, games are growing in popularity. ICE is one of the most comprehensive trade events in the industry, shining a light on both independent developers and the leading giants.

Whether it’s betting, mobile, console or arcade, the annual event is a platform for innovation across the gaming world and one not to be missed by those in the business.

World Travel Market

Last but not least is the global leading event of the travel industry, World Travel Market. Taking place annually in London, it boasts of creating more than £2.2 billion worth of travel industry contacts. For companies of all size, this is the must-do event of the business year, as exhibitors from all corners of the planet gather for the event now in it’s 35th year.

As far as business to business events go, this is a perfect example of just how much of an impact a great exhibition can make. Connecting the industry on a worldwide scale, the World Travel Market takes place every November and showcases some of the best and brightest in the world of travel.

Top Exhibitions UK

Britain has some of the finest exhibitions on Earth. Industry defining, and in some cases industry making, events invite experts and enthusiasts from across the world to share their passion and interests with other like minded people.

Here, we’ve had a look at just a select few of the best in the country, but we’ve only just scratched the surface.

Are there any exhibitions you think should be on this list? What’s your favourite business event? Let us know in the comments below.


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