Two weeks to go: How to make the most of your NES visit!

After over a year of planning, The National Education Show will be back and better than ever at Cardiff City Hall - how exciting!

We've been working hard to prepare for the event, and we think you're all going to have a fantastic day. Ahead of the day, we thought it would be a good idea to lay down some top tips for the day, to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can. We can't wait to see you all!


  • Try to pre-register before the day if you can
    We're expecting it to get pretty busy at the welcome desk, particularly around 8am when we open the doors for the day. Please aim to arrive an hour early for your first seminar.
    If you'd like to avoid the queues, or be the first to take a look at our fantastic exhibition stands in the lower and upper halls - then pre-registering before the day gives you the best chance of doing that.​ You can register for free entry here.


  • Save money by booking seminars now
    Entry to our large selection of seminars will be £20 on the day, and attendees will need to pay via debit or credit card through our Eventbrite system on the day. This is the same process as ordering your ticket early, but you'll save £10 by ordering at any point before the event, the night of 15th November. Also, many of our seminars are filling up so check out our selection of seminars here. 
  • Plan your trip ahead
    Parking outside the City Hall will be limited, so plan your journey ahead with alternative parking plans just in case. Having your tickets saved on your phone or printed will allow you easier entry to the building. Keep checking our social media pages for any updates on the lead up and during the day as we will be keeping attendees updated there.

  • Get Social!
    Out twitter feed will be busy on the day with highlights from the show and announcements of seminars - give us a follow today to make sure you're kept in the loop on the day? 
    Have anything you want to share with us? Give us a tweet @nationaledshow or use our hashtag #NESWales

  • Use your NES show guide and handy signage
    Our show guides include maps for the seminar rooms and exhibition area as well as a seminar time table and information on each seminar and speaker. Please use this as a guide to your day, along with plenty of displays places all around the City Hall which will feature seminar reminders and a conference map. 
  • Make the most of the exhibition
    We have over 100 exhibitor companies attending our showcase in the lower and upper halls, with a huge range of supplies, ideas, resources, software, equipment and much more. They're all a friendly bunch, and they've travelled all the way to Cardiff to speak to you! Use the guide to get an idea of who you'd like to speak to, but it's worth checking out new companies too, as there will be show exclusive offers and discounts that could save your school some money. Exhibitors will be providing demonstrations of their products as well as chances to win some great prizes. A full exhibitor list can be found here.

  • Enter our prize draw by giving us your thoughts
    We're already planning next year's event - but we'd love to know what you thought so we can make our programme and overall event better each year. We'll be holding a prize draw for individuals and schools that fill out our feedback forms about the day - prizes include vouchers and reduced seminar tickets for 2019!
    Feedback forms can be found with any of our staff members and will be in various places around the building such as in the seminar rooms.