If you are planning to visit the Gadget Show Live at the NEC this year, be warned, tickets for Saturday 10th April have already sold out! Ticket prices have been frozen at the 2009 rates, representing great value for money. Advance tickets are available on-line priced at £12.95 for adults plus 95p booking fee; and children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) £5.95 plus 95p booking fee – use the code VH22 for an exclusive discount. Children under 5 and helpers accompanying disabled visitors go free. If there are any tickets left for purchase at the door they will be sold at the rate of £16 for adults and £7 for children under twelve. The organisers believe, however, that the event is likely to sell out long before the opening.
The choice of the NEC as the venue for the show combines convenient access with excellent visitor facilities. There are over 20,000 parking spaces for which the usual price is £8 per day. Public transport access is also good; Birmingham International Airport and National Rail Station are next door and there are several local bus routes serving the centre. The many food outlets on site at the NEC cater for different refreshment needs from snack bars to table service restaurants, all of which contributes to a great day out. If you plan to travel long distances and require overnight accommodation, there are many hotels, guest houses and apartments available in the surrounding areas. Birmingham itself has much to offer as a secondary destination, with world-class hotels, museums, theatres, restaurants and shops.
The official Gadget Show Live web site boasts that this year’s show will be bigger and better than the debut show last year which attracted 30,000 visitors. Instead of three days as in 2009, the event will be held over four days and four halls will be in use this year, representing a 50% increase in space. PC and console gamers of all abilities will be able to participate in daily competitions in the Game Zone where some of the extra space has been allocated. The Photographic Workshop, wherein you will be able to learn how to improve your photography skills; and the How To Theatre and the Future Home zones are also larger than last year. A favourite from the first show, the Gadget Hall of Fame, taking a look back at our favourite gadgets over the last 50 years, is to return. There will be an Outdoor Zone which should appeal to tech-loving campers, hikers and festival-goers; and a new In-Car feature showcasing the latest in-car electronics. At the new Test Track, which is bigger than last year in anticipation of huge demand, visitors will be able to try out one-man transportation devices such as the Segway, as featured on the TV show. Some of the gadgets you may have watched the Gadget Show team build over the series will be brought to the event to give fans the opportunity to examine them up close in the Gadget Show Build Museum. Also new in 2010 will be the Future Tech Zone, looking at exciting technological developments currently in their early stages, including developments in robotics, augmented reality, brain/computer interfaces and home entertainment.
The usual Gadget Show crew, Jason Bradbury, Jon Bentley, Ortis Deley and Suzi Perry, presenters of the channel Five television programme, will all be there giving hour-long performances, three times each day in the Super Theatre. These shows will follow the format of the TV show, including challenges and stunts but with the added element of audience participation and the opportunity to win hi-tech prizes. Prices for seats in the theatre, which can hold 4,000, are £5.00 or £7.50 depending on proximity to the action. A detailed timetable of events is yet to be published but there will also be presentations by experts in the How To Theatre each day of the show.
The show will be very hands-on and there will be hundreds of experts ready and willing to give advice and answer your questions about current and future products. Many items will be available for purchase on the day so if you have something in mind already you will be able to compare different manufacturers’ versions all under one roof before taking the plunge. Some products will be on display for the first time in the UK and with special show discounts on many items, the Gadget Show Live 2010 will be the place to go to satisfy your thirst for gadgets and gizmos and to stock up on gifts for all your technology-loving friends and family.