Our COVID Commitment

Last updated 23/03/2022. 

We look forward to welcoming you to The Festival of Quilts. 

All restrictions around attendance at events have now been removed by the UK Government. We however remain committed to running safe events, allowing our communities to come together to share, learn and participate in their passions in a comfortable and enjoyable way.

Please read the Immediate Live COVID Commitment here.

Space and Comfort

Your comfort and experience remain a top priority. Therefore, based on feedback from the 2021 show, we have retained a number of measures including:

  • We will once again be using four halls of the NEC (6, 7, 8 & 9) allowing us to spread the show out and offer more space throughout.
  • The aisles are wider at four metres (they were 3m or less prior to 2021).
  • We’re staggering entry again, with time slots on tickets to ease congestion at entrances and reduce queueing times.
  • We are expecting 22,000 visitors in 2022 which is 15% lower than our pre-pandemic numbers (but with extra hall space).
  • There will be plenty of seating. Not only have we increased the number of seats available, we have introduced more seating areas throughout the halls to ensure you’re never too far away from a place to rest.
  • If you want to avoid crowds, the quietest days to attend are Saturday and Sunday. Thursday is usually the most popular and busiest day, Sunday is usually the quietest.

We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to seeing you there. 


Alongside the above, we will retain the following measures across our shows, enabling us to operate on a Risk Assessed basis to ensure the safety and comfort of all:

– We will continue to monitor the overall number of visitors and exhibitors in attendance

– Where possible, we have increased the aisle widths and the distance between stands and features to make it easier to move around

– There may be separate entry and exit points if required

Forms of Proof

We will accept various forms of proof of vaccination and a negative test result.

*For vaccinations this includes:

– the NHS app


– the vaccination record card

– a letter from the NHS requested by calling 119

**For the LFT test result, this includes:

– an email or text confirming your result 

– a photograph of test stick (not the physical stick)

We do not wish to make it difficult for anyone, and we will use a common-sense approach. Your data will not be required, proof can simply be shown to a member of staff. 

Safety Measures within the Show


While face masks will no longer be mandatory, we encourage visitors, exhibitors and staff to take personal responsibility and to wear a face covering in any situation which is crowded or while in close proximity to other people. We do however recognise that there are circumstances preventing people from wearing a face covering and, being mindful and respectful of this, staff will not challenge or ask for evidence from visitors who advise that they cannot wear a face covering or who make the personal choice not to. We hope that all will be equally respectful


Larger show footprint, as we will be using four halls of the NEC (rather than the usual three), which allows us to spread out and ensure significantly more space to social distance. This includes increased aisle widths to 4m (from 2m or 3m) 


Limiting the overall number of visitors in attendance


The NEC mechanical ventilation is controlled by the NEC’s Building Management Systems to monitor air quality and other parameters. In-line with current Government guidance we have recommissioned the ventilation plant to maximise fresh air rates and where appropriate upgraded the filters to NHS hospital standards


Frequent and thorough cleaning of public areas, toilets and touch points around the venue


Hand sanitiser and/or hand washing facilities will be provided throughout the venue. We recommend you bring your own supply as well


Separate entry and exit points and staggered entry times which visitors will select when booking tickets and queue management (to avoid congestion on entry). Once inside the caps on numbers mean you can stay as long as you wish


Extended opening times to 9.30am to 6.00pm daily (closing 5pm Sunday)


Galleries have been increased in size to allow for a more spacious viewing experience

The Quick & Easy Workshop and Academy Workshop rooms will be larger with limits on capacities and cleaning stations in each workshop room. 

In line with our event safety guidance, all workshop participants and theatre attendees will be encouraged to wear a face covering. However, being mindful and respectful of peoples personal circumstances, staff will not challenge or ask for evidence from visitors who advise that they cannot wear a face covering or who make the personal choice not to. We hope that all will be equally respectful.


Bigger VIP lounge with lower caps on numbers


Additional toilets will be available to minimise queues


The NEC has outdoor space opposite the main entrance as well as by the Lakeside. You can gain readmission to the show with a wristband on departure. 

Further Information and Advice

You can order lateral flow tests in advance here.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 please leave immediately and try to inform The Festival of Quilts organisers at covidqueries@immediate.co.uk

Following your visit, should you develop any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please inform covidqueries@immediate.co.uk.

For more information, please find some useful links below:

·       Click here for the NHS symptom checker

·       Click here for the Government COVID-19 guidelines

·       Click here to order a lateral flow test kit 

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