Could your house do with a good sprucing up? Maybe you’re a big fan of Kirstie and Phil – or Kevin McCloud for that matter. Perhaps the thought of a colour-coordinated bookshelf fills your heart with more joy than you care to admit. Whatever your property passion, you can find the perfect outlet in 2019 with our pick of the year’s most hotly-anticipated interior design events. Pop along to any of these amazing home shows to meet like-minded people, retailers and creatives, all as mad about macramé, barmy about brass and crazy about Chesterfields as you!
The Ideal Home Show is a classic for a reason; the home interior enthusiast’s mecca, if you will. Bedrooms, bathrooms, basements… fixtures, fittings, food – you can be sure this award-winning event has it covered. Last year saw the likes of Phil Spencer, Martin Roberts and Sophie Robinson take to the floor as part of a week-long spectacular that explored home renovation, gardens, housewares, accessories, show homes and more. The renovation advice hub is a particular favourite with attendees, offering free 30-minute sessions to eager DIYers in need of pro tips. Just make sure you book beforehand because places fill up fast.
While the official programme for 2019 is yet to be announced, the Ideal Home Show website features tickets, inspiration and a full list of past exhibitors, so you can get a sense of what to expect from your visit. And as the Eat and Drink Festival is also co-located there, you won’t have to worry about dinner, thanks to the nation’s up-and-coming culinary talent serving up tasty treats all week. Best of all, there are offers and competitions aplenty as exhibitors vie for your attention. From exclusive discounts to £1,000 cash prizes and free products, there’s something for everyone.
The Ideal Home Show is the only interior design show with its own rail station access (Kensington Olympia), so can be conveniently reached from overground connections. London Underground has five nearby stops if you’re coming on the tube, or if you’re arriving by car, you can pre-book a parking space via www.olympia.london. There is also a fantastic shuttlebus service running, with eight buses per hour from Earl’s Court to Olympia.
You may need a couple of days to tackle this event, so check out the overnight accommodation tab on the website for special discounted rates at prime London hotels.
One of Channel 4’s most popular programmes, Grand Designs has delighted audiences since 1999 with its inspiring displays of DIY home building and sustainable design. Grand Designs Live marks Kevin McCloud’s annual move from TV to stage, as he officially opens the show and offers some sage words of wisdom to visitors. Also on the rota are product launches, specialist exhibitors, interior sets and thought-provoking campaigns that touch on the issues affecting an industry increasingly in the spotlight for environmental and ethical conduct. It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting a self-build from scratch, finishing off your renovation or simply seeking out inspiration, this multi-award-winning showcase will deliver more ideas than you can shake a stick at for a project you can truly cherish. We particularly recommend visiting Kevin McCloud’s selection of sustainable innovations, which take to the exclusive Green Heroes area in celebration of the best eco-friendly construction concepts. This is an edit of Kevin’s personal favourites in each show, be that your local artisan producer or forward-thinking blue-chip, for their commitment to environmentally friendly design innovations.
If you’re driving, London’s ExCeL offers good transport links from the M25, M11, A406 and A13. Travel by train and tube using the Jubilee line – or to arrive in style, fly in on the Emirates Air Line cable car, which offers spectacular views over the Thames.
If you find yourself drawn to relics of a bygone era, there are plenty of amazing antiques fairs all over the country. Our favourite is The Vintage Home Show, which returns to its inaugural home of Manchester in June 2019 for a seventh successive year. If 2018 was anything to go by, you can expect an almighty explosion of all things retro, from kitschy accessories and mod chairs to scandi sideboards and mirrors galore. More than 50 specialist traders are handpicked for the occasion, exhibiting their wares in historic Victoria Baths. In fact, for us, the setting is reason enough to visit. Taking place in historic Chorlton on Medlock, the stunning Victoria Baths serve up original Edwardian changing huts and spectator benches, painstakingly restored in honour of this well-loved 20th-century venue.
Most people reach Victoria Baths by car, where there is a small car park and on-street parking around the baths which is free on a Sunday.
This national show focuses on the projects a DIYer would find most beneficial, including renovations, extensions, conversions, kitchens, eco applications and fabrication. In a unique format that’s personalised to your interests, you can select which seminars you wish to attend for a more tailored experience. Whether you’re looking into planning permission, energy efficiency, rainwater harvesting or the building fabric itself, there are more than 50 free expert-led seminars which explore the finer details of home building. It’s the perfect show for an interior enthusiast who wants to get down to the nitty-gritty. Be sure to check out the Ask the Expert, Ask the Builder and Ask the Architect sections too, for an even more detailed walkthrough.
If you’re travelling from the South, Homebuilding and Renovating Show is 21 minutes from the A1. If you’re travelling from the North, it’s just 24 minutes from the A1. Alternatively, the rail station is just half an hour from York and Leeds, and you can be there from London in under three hours.
If you’re looking to spruce up your home’s interior this year, visit the Parks homepage. Our products are carefully crafted using the highest-quality ingredients. For more information, call our helpful team today on 0208 830 6300.