14 - 16 September 2021
NEC Birmingham UK

Visit FAQs

Visit FAQs




Glee is the UK’s leading and most valuable garden and outdoor living tradeshow, offering the freshest industry insights, trends, products and exhibitors.

 It gives exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their best products on the market, and gives visitors the opportunity to source unique products across 8 carefully curated show sectors. 

Glee is a fantastic networking opportunity and allows buyers and suppliers to build valuable relationships that last.    


What is a tradeshow?

At a tradeshow exhibitors offer their products at wholesale cost to visitors. This means that products are sold in bulk and at a lower price than the RRP. Visitors are then able to sell those products in their stores directly to the customer.

In the case of Glee, exhibitors are often companies that manufacture their own products and visitors often own or work at Garden centers, nurseries, department stores, retail stores or online stores.

Why go to a tradeshow?

A tradeshow offers exhibitors the opportunity to display their products to a large audience over a short period of time, to take wholesale orders at the show, and to build industry contacts and leads for future sales.

A tradeshow offers visitors the opportunity to meet their existing suppliers, discover new exhibitors and products and to place orders at the show or at a later date.


Wholesale Trading

Exhibitor stands will be located through the NEC’s  halls, they will be grouped together in their appropriate sectors.

Each business owns a stand and will use this to displays their products as they choose.

Our visitors enter the arenas and walk around to trade and do business with exhibitors whose products they like.

Keynote speeches, seminars and one-to-one business advice

Visitors can attend seminars from successful names in the industry and there will be opportunities advertised to receive some one-to-one business advice from these industry leaders. All seminars are free of charge and based on a first come first serve basis. 

The only exception may be if there are specific workshops, as these spaces are limited. 
Once those wishing to attend have registered for the exhibition they will also be required to book a slot, via the show website, for their workshop of choice. 


Visitors & Registration



Glee is a trade fair,  therefore it is not open to members of the general public. The show is specific to traders.

You are eligible to attend if you have buying and purchasing responsibilities or control spend.

Independent retail stores, garden centers, nurseries,  multiples, department stores, online businesses, mail order companies, supermarkets, distributors, importers, wholesalers, multi-channel retailers or those looking to start a retail business (in the next 12 months) are all suitable visitors to Glee. 


You can register for your free ticket by filling in our online registration form, as soon as it's live. 

If you are Press, please complete the 'Press Pass Form' which will be available soon.



Students of Undergraduate level and above (individuals and groups) on relevant courses of study are welcome to attend the show, but will not be permitted to trade. Students will be asked to show an NUS Identity card or equivalent student identity. Please register via the normal registration process, ensuring to select yourself as a student. 


We advise that children under 16 do not attend the event as this is a trade only, and there are no crèche facilities available.

If you are attending with a child, and they are under the age of 16 years, they will require a Child's entry badge– these can only be picked up on site, from the registration desks in the main entrance.

Anyone over the age of 16 will be required to register for the event via the normal process.


Entry is free to all trade visitors (or those looking to open a new business in the next 12 months) who  register in advance. Entry on the day without pre-registration or a badge is £20.00.


Yes, you may register on arrival to the show. However, please note that there is an 'on the day' registration and entry fee of £20.00 to do so. We do advise that all visitors take the opportunity to pre-register via the show website. 


Post: If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your entry badge will arrive within the two week run up the show open. However, if you do not receive your entry badge by post you can still print a copy as it is attached in your confirmation email (this will have been received on completion of registration to attend the show).

Email: If you opted to go green you can print your e-badge at the end of registration, or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your ticket, don’t worry – just show us your confirmation email at the registration desk on arrival to the show.


If you wish to edit your registration details, please go to your confirmation email where there is an option to 'edit details'.

NB: The option of having your entry badge posted cannot be changed in the 4 week run up to the show open days, as badges will have already been posted.


Registration for the show is non-date specific. Once you have registered and have printed your ticket you are able to attend the show on any of the show open days and as many times as you wish.


Your ticket allows you access to the whole show unless stated otherwise. For example, if your badge states ‘Press’ you will have access to the show Press Lounge or VIP, then you will have access to the VIP lounge.


Please go to the Registration desks and they will print your ticket for you. Please have a form of ID with you as you may be asked for proof of company name as the show is only open to trade visitors. ID can be in the form of a business card.

Venue information, travel & accommodation


NEC Birmingham
B40 1N


The show can be accessed from the entrances at Halls 6,7,8,19,20.


10th - 12th September 2018.

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 10th Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 11th  Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 12th Sept - 9:00 - 16:00


To find out more about how to get to the Glee Show, please see our dedicated  travel page here.


Standard parking is available in the NEC car parks, with regular shuttle buses to take you from these car parks to the halls.

Standard parking is not pre-bookable, but will be free of charge for all visitors to Glee,  you will just need to follow the signs when you arrive. 

If you would like to pay for 'Express parking' you are welcome to do so, please click here to book Express Parking at the NEC Birmingham via the NEC venue's website. 


Yes, free WIFI is available throughout all the Show Halls at the NEC Birmingham. To connect, select ‘NEC Free Wifi’, and fill in the information form on your browser page.


Themed cafés serving light snacks and refreshments can be found within the halls alongside numerous bars, restaurants and seating areas outside of the halls, offering anything from a quick drink to a more substantial meal. For more information about food and drink at the NEC, click here.


Yes, there are cloakrooms available in the main piazza at all show all entrances. Prices start at £1.00 per item. Items are left at your own risk. Large cases accepted within reason.


 There are ATM's located around the piazza and atrium area.


At The Event



On arrival to the show, show guides with floor plans will be available to collect at the entrance.

We will aim to have an event floor plan available via the show website, nearer to the time of show open.


The number of exhibitors you can see in a day depends entirely on your show objectives. For example, you may see only 4 exhibitors in a day and spend at least an hour on each stand speaking with the business owners and placing an order for your retail store. On the other hand, if you are attending to browse product and be inspired you may spend less time at each stand and cover dozens of exhibitors in a day.


Yes, seminars are free to attend.

NB: Please note that as well as seminars, there may be workshops running. Some workshops will require additional registration/booking due to limited spaces being available. These workshops will be advertised as requiring additional registration on the show website. 


No, our seminars are run on a first come, first served basis.

All we advise is that visitors arrive at the seminars in plenty of time to avoid any disappointment.


International Information



Unfortunately we cannot issue personal/individual letters of invitation for visa purposes. Once you have registered via the show website you will receive a confirmation email which may be sufficient for visa application.

My Question Has Not Been Answered

If your question has not been answered here you can contact our customer services team for any enquiries you may have.

Once you have submitted your form please check your email for your confirmation message.