Everything you ever wanted to know about the BTS Exhibition

By Ray and Angela Hale

At this time of year I receive many e-mails and calls from members regarding the BTS Exhibition. With the show being absent for two years we have received even more enquiries from visitors.

I have decided to post up a Frequently Asked Questions page on the site. Hopefully this should tell you everything you need to know.  If I have missed anything please feel free to contact me.

What is the BTS Exhibition?

The BTS Exhibition is an event like no other in the world.  It is a chance for spider lovers everywhere to meet, buy, sell and generally talk about spiders with like-minded people.  In 2019 we housed around 50,000 tarantulas under one roof and had over 2000 visitors to the event.  This year we have 86 Exhibitors and over 250 tables of inverts and spiders all waiting for you.

When is the BTS Exhibition?

The exhibition is held in May and this year the date is Sunday 19th  May 2024. We are back and we are bigger!

 Where is the BTS Exhibition held?

The 2024 exhibition will held at The Warwickshire Events Centre. The single hall is situated on the ground floor with excellent disabled access.

How do I get there?

Directions are given on the BTS Website.  They can also be found under “How to get there” on the main page of this site. The postcode for visitors is CV31 1FE.

Is there parking?

There is ample parking with space for over 2000 cars. Car parking is FREE

Do I have to pre-book tickets to visit the BTS Exhibition?

No. Payment is on the door. The Exhibition is open to everyone. This year we will be issuing wristbands at the door. We aim to get all visitors in as quickly as possible. Cash or card on the door

Do I have to be a member to get in?

Of course we would like you to join the BTS and help us continue to host this event for many more years to come, but the Exhibition is open to all.  We welcome the public.  Everyone is welcome.

 What time does it open to visitors?

The exhibition opens at 11.00am and closes at 4.00pm.

How much does it cost to get in?

The 2024 prices are £6.00 for adults and £4.00 for children up to 12. Under 5 are free.   The official poster should be checked for any changes.  The BTS holds the right to make any changes to the entrance fee without prior notification if circumstances dictate. We reserve the right to refuse admission. Members of the BTS get a 20% discount on the entry fee on presenting a current BTS membership card. Carers with registered disabled visitor will have free entry.

Can I buy spiders at the BTS Exhibition?

Yes, there are over 100 exhibitors at the exhibition.  All of which are experienced tarantula and invert enthusiasts.  They will be selling spiders but will be happy to give advice and help to the novice.  The BTS does not allow the sale of animals to children.  The handling of tarantulas and scorpions at the event is strictly forbidden.  Not everyone loves them as we do.

Can I sell spiders at the BTS Exhibition?

To sell spiders or to exhibit you MUST pre-book space.  This can be done by contacting the BTS directly for details, or by visiting “Trade at the BTS Exhibition” link.  Nobody will be allowed to trade or exhibit at the event without permission.  This rule will be strictly applied.

Will there be reptiles for sale?

No. The BTS Exhibition is an invert event for invertebrates only. We love reptiles of course but we feel that the BTS Exhibition should be for those who love insects and spiders even more.

I have heard about the BTS Spider Competitions.  What is it all about?

You have the chance to win a fantastic trophy for displaying your spider at the exhibition.  You must be a subscribing BTS member to enter.  Each year we have a number of categories in which you can enter your spider.  Bring it along on the day and enter it.

The categories are:

Best New World

Best Asian

Best Africa

Best Scorpion

Best Artwork

Best Photography

Best Children’s Artwork

Best In Show

Full rules and regulations can be obtained by e-mailing me direct.

Are there refreshments available?

There is a 200 seat licensed restaurant on site including a coffee bar.

Can I join the BTS at the exhibition?

Yes please, we would love you to join the BTS.  Please visit the BTS Trade Stand and ask for details. Current membership fees are £20 and for this you will receive a reduced entry fee for next years show and three full colour journals throughout your membership

What else is there for me to see and do?

Lots.  There is a free competition open to all BTS Members where you can exhibit your prize spiders and win unique trophies.  There is a chance to meet other members and  talk to the experts.  We really are a friendly lot so don’t be shy.  Any committee member will be more than pleased to offer assistance.

I’m afraid of spiders. Will people be handling tarantulas at the BTS Exhibition?

No. The BTS has a strict non-handling policy.  Anyone seen handling tarantulas at the Exhibition will be confronted and removed if necessary.  We are very aware that some visitors are afraid and we aim to educate, not scare.

Why do you not organise two exhibitions a year?

It’s a thought but the BTS Exhibition takes Angela and myself twelve months to organise. The exhibition is an annual event and hosting two would detract from the original idea.

So there it is.  I hope we have answered all of your concerns.  If not then e-mail us at rayhale@thebts.co.uk or post it up on the BTS Facebook Site and we will try to help you out.

Please visit the BTS Exhibition and enjoy the day.

Ray and Angela Hale