Celebrating its 111th year with a ‘Best of British’ theme, the show features more than 600 exhibitors, the biggest ever show home, and demonstrations. Expert guests are hosting workshops on stage, including DIY expert and TV Presenter Nick Knowles, Property Expert Phil Spencer, renowned British Chef Rosemary Shrager and Actress and Chef Lisa Faulkner.
From gardens to interiors and housewares through to gadgets, Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, has everything for every room in your home. Across 17 days visitors will find accessory inspiration for the living room, space maximising ideas for the office, decorating ideas and the latest trends for the kitchen and bathroom.
This year’s spectacular first-of-its-kind, life-size Evolving Home is the main focal point of the show village. With a focus on adaptable and open-plan living to maximise light in the home, this modular structure can be extended easily and quickly to create an even larger, or differently configured, home as the owners’ lifestyles change. Visitors to the show can take away ideas from different sections of the house to use in their existing properties, from adding extra space with a modular extension to letting in light with smart windows and open-plan layouts.
Bringing to life the ‘Best of British’ theme, four specially-designed rooms are on display to reflect the British Monarchy. Featuring a 70s-inspired vintage living room for Prince Charles and Camilla, and a family living room and garden with a vertical living wall for Will and Kate, the ‘Rooms for Royals’ show all that the show has to offer, in right regal fashion.
The 360° Home Theatre takes visitors on an immersive 360° tour of the latest trends in architecture and design. There is no need for a head set in this incredible immersive virtual experience – meaning you can share the experience with friends and loved ones and make notes as you go along.
In the nearby ‘Super Theatre’ sponsored by Zoopla, there are insider tips from celebrity guests and experts on topics such as gardening, upcycling, interior design trends and home renovation. There is also a virtual-reality tour through the Evolving Home and a virtual reality experience hosted by gadget guru Lee Baldry. Guests can also book in to the Expert Advice Hub for a free, 30-minute, one-to-one advice session from a range of experts including finance, property and interiors experts.
For the green fingered, there are four themed garden designs sponsored by Flymo including; upcycled, modern contemporary, a family fun garden and a grower’s garden. Visitors can also treat themselves to some down time, courtesy of London College of Beauty Therapy who are offering free pamper sessions including manicures, hair braiding and make-up.