Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

This is where we answer the most common questions customers ask us.


Why have we postponed the 2020 Tattoo?

After serious consideration, and with much regret, we have postponed this year’s 2020 event to Saturday 27th November and Sunday 28th November 2021 due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19 (Coronavirus). The safety of all our staff, volunteers, international performers and, of course, our audiences is paramount and we take our role as organisers of such a large, major event very seriously. As the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic is constantly evolving and its effects are likely to be long-lasting, we feel we have no option but to postpone the Birmingham International Tattoo to November 2021. You can read the full statement here.


What happens to tickets for 2020?

All 2020 tickets will be valid for the 2021 Birmingham International Tattoo for the same seat and same day (either Saturday or Sunday). Further information will be sent to existing ticket holders and group bookers in the coming weeks from the Box Office. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Tattoo.


Where can I buy tickets for 2021?

Tickets are now on sale for 2021. To get the best choice of tickets we recommend purchasing through the official box office or if you are travelling with a group through a coach company who are running a trip.


When does the Tattoo finish each day?

Each performance including an interval is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes so the event is expected to finish at 9.15pm on Saturday and 5.15pm on Sunday.


How do I get to the Arena?

A wealth of information is available on how to get to the Utilita Arena Birmingham whether you are coming by car, train, bus, taxi, plane or even by barge. Visit the Arena information page for more details.


What about accessibility?

For full details on accessibility at the Arena and a special booking line visit the Arena Accessibility page.


What is the photography / video policy?

Photographs may be taken during the Tattoo using small pocket cameras (long lens cameras are not permitted) but any images taken should not be used for the purposes of commercial gain. In large arenas such as the Utilita Arena Birmingham, flash photography is ineffective. Any autoflash settings should be switched off. An ISO speed of 400, 800 or higher is recommended when using digital or film cameras.

Long lens cameras and video cameras may be confiscated by the Arena during entry searches so please leave them at home.

The use of video cameras is not allowed by members of the audience. An official DVD is available after the event, more information will be available on this website on how to order the DVD.

We understand that some people want to record elements of the Tattoo on phones but this can be very distracting for those sitting next to you, especially behind you, where they can see your screen. Please remember that people have paid to watch the show not watch the screen on your phone. Thanks for your consideration.


How do I buy a VIP package that includes food, drink and parking?

Details are available on the Buy tickets page.


What is available pre-show?

There are plenty of stalls on the public levels selling military music items and of course our 52 page colour souvenir programme which has details of all the performers and the running order, so come early and make sure you get a chance to browse. Also you can take the opportunity to meet with our chosen charities - Royal Star & Garter and Troop Aid - who also have items for sale. Or why not seek out Soldier Magazine who are giving out free copies of their excellent publication.

In addition, the Arena itself has many facilities and you can find out more by clicking here.


If you have any other questions, please send an email to query@birminghamtattoo.co.uk and we will try our best to give you an answer.


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