Europe’s largest lifting equipment show returns to East of England Arena

The build is now in progress for Vertikal Days at the East of England Arena and Events Centre. Billed as Europe’s largest lifting equipment show, Vertikal Days will open on May 11, 2022, following a successful move to the Arena last year.

Vertikal Days 2022 will feature a towering exhibition of cranes, access platforms, telehandlers, and other lifting equipment and accessories, displayed at full height across the venue’s 200 acres of outdoor exhibition space, plus an extensive indoor exhibition where JCB, Briggs, Manitou and other major brands and manufacturers will be represented. The two-day event requires a complex, eight-day build to get the hundreds of exhibits in position.

Approximately 90% of the UK and Ireland’s lifting equipment rental and sales operators will be represented at Vertikal Days, and they represent 80% of all crane and aerial lift purchases in the British Isles, making it an essential event for rental companies, fleet owners, users and lifting professionals. The show regularly attracts over 2,500 business visitors, all keen to check out the latest models ‘in the iron’.

Pamela Penny, Organiser for Vertikal Days, explained why Vertikal Days chose to return to East of England Arena, saying, “The two most important factors in our choice were East of England Arena’s extensive exhibition space which is free of height restrictions, and its close proximity to trunk roads and motorways. The outdoor venue space is perfect for displaying heavy plant and machinery, with hard standing, internal roadways and network access throughout. This simplifies the logistical challenge of getting hundreds of cranes and lifting machines in the right place at the right time. Last year the venue team was excellent, and visitor feedback was very positive, so rebooking was a relatively straightforward decision.”

Pamela Newbould, head of events, East of England Arena, welcomed the show back to the venue saying, “After the success of Vertikal Days at the arena in 2021, where attendance reached a new record for the event, I’m delighted to welcome the show back for another year.”

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By Rail

Peterborough is located on the East Coast Main line running from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. A number of fast trains run on this network, making London accessible in 45 minutes on specific trains.

The station has its own taxi rank, which means reaching the East of England Arena is approximately 15 minutes away once the train has arrived in the station.

By Car

Arriving by car, you will be guided to one of our hard standing or grassed free parking areas. There are 22,000 spaces – so plenty of room for everyone. We also have plenty of disabled parking bays.

Travelling from Peterborough City Centre – take the Nene Parkway/A1260, follow directions to Oundle Road/A605 and turn right onto this road, which will lead you directly to the venue. The brown highway signs indicating East of England Arena/Showground will help to guide you. The journey is approximately 16 minutes from the centre of Peterborough.

Travelling from the A1(M) South – continue along the A1(M), passing the Peterborough Services (Extra MSA); continue forward onto the A1 and then take the next turn left, signposted East of England Arena/Showground. At the junction with the A605, turn left and travel half a mile. At the roundabout, turn right, and you have arrived at the East of England Arena.

Travelling from the A1(M) North – ignore the very first signpost for Peterborough and continue travelling along the A1 picking up the brown highways signposts indicating East of England Arena/Showground. Follow these signs and leave the A1 at Alwalton, taking you through the village and onto the A605 Oundle Road junction. Turn left at this junction and at the very next roundabout, turn right and you’ve arrived at Peterborough Arena. If you are in a heavy vehicle, or towing a trailer, we advise you to avoid driving through Alwalton. In this case continue on the A1, leaving at Junction 17. Turn left onto Fletton Parkway A1139. After half a mile exit onto the Orton Parkway (still A1139) taking the second exit at the roundabout. Continue on Orton Parkway at the next roundabout. After half a mile turn left onto Oundle Road where you will find the entrance of the Arena on your left after 600m. 

By Public Transport

Peterborough City Centre has a number of taxi ranks, as well as a coach park and bus station located within the Queensgate Centre. The Stagecoach bus service runs a half-hourly service during the week and two-hourly Sunday service, stopping just outside the East of England Arena. The bus number to look for is X4 leaving Bay 15 at Queensgate, Peterborough.

The bus stop is located at the Marriott Hotel, Lynchwood.  A  fifteen minute walk will bring you to our main entrance gate. 

By Air

East of England Arena’s location makes it central for London Stansted, London Luton, East Midlands and Birmingham airports – all four are approximately 60-90 minutes away by car.