Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Ideal Home Show Returns to London for 2011

I have fond childhood memories of the Ideal Home Show, I was about 10 when I first went, I remember being amazed at the full sized houses built indoors and all the people and lots of samples and gadgets galore. Free food being handed out was the one happening that surprised me most as a child, older I realise its to market a new food, but then I thought it was magical and so generous.

Being a fan of the show, I have been many times and its now in its 103rd year. I wonder what it was like in 1908, I wonder what the kitchen inventions were then. From the image above it looks as popular as it is today.

I just like being thrilled by some new must have, I have a few collected over the years some never used more than once.

A couple so versatile it was money well spent. I bought a food saver that had five slim compartments one on top of the other they had a circular tube at the end and they slotted neatly together, you could slide a plastic tube down this opening, then swing them all round and you had a clever party multi platter almost like a layered Lazy Susan.

I often take Paige and Conor we wander around Paige loves trying the latest hair gadget and being madeover.  We get our nails buffed until they shine, try massage chairs, Conor and Chris drool over hi tech new appliances eat lots more samples than us girls and we all come home tired but very happy with bags filled with goodies.

Do you visit the Ideal Home Show, do have any fond memories of the show, what do you like seeing, what do you like to try and then maybe buy. Let me know and keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway of five pairs of show tickets later today.

BRITAIN’S best loved consumer home event, the Ideal Home Show is back, for its 103rd Year for 17 days, from the 11th – 27th March 2011, at London’s Earls Court.

The Ideal Home Show, voted Consumer Show of the Year 2010, is returning to London once following the phenomenal success of the revitalised London show at Earls Court last year.

This year’s Ideal Home Show will continue with the new look, and seventeen day format, but with more features and exciting content than ever before and a staggering EIGHT sections in one which include; Ideal Show Homes, Ideal Interior, Ideal Home Improvements, Ideal Gardens, Ideal Food, Ideal Shopping, Ideal Woman, and Ideal Gadgets and plenty of Ideal shopping for all of those home and gift needs.

This year’s Ideal Show Homes will see a series of three full scale homes set within a real life street set-up, each showcasing a different way of living to visitors. The first, will be our Ideal Home Re-fit, a live demonstration based on one of the UK’s most iconic British Homes, offering inspiration and advice to consumers on how to improve their homes, utilize existing space more efficiently and green their homes on a budget. The second property is the ‘Princes Foundation Ideal Home’. Supported by the Princes Foundation for the Built environment this a traditional Georgian family home takes a look at new and green building innovations, and the future of community living. The third property offers a modern day alternative to Contemporary Living with our ‘Open Plan Living House sponsored by Dulux’, inspired by European design and modern, spacious design.

Visitors will once again be able to experience and explore all of these different homes offering new concepts in design and style that offer easy home improvement ideas and ways to reduce energy bills, in a variety of different ways de-mystifying to help consumers live a greener life in the home.

The Ideal Home Improvements section brought to you by TV presenter and Architect George Clarke, will see a range of home improvement ideas, advice and products to suit any project, big or small that will demonstrate simple ways visitors can add value to their homes easily and affordably whilst reducing the cost of domestic bills.

This year’s show will also see the return of the popular Ideal Interiors sponsored by Dulux section hosted by Linda Barker, with a wide variety of room sets and a host of interior design tips and advice on the latest trends to make your home a cosy haven.

Within the interiors section will also feature an exciting array of the latest gadgets and gizmos in the Ideal Gadgets and Home of the Future section brought to you by Virgin Media and hosted by TV favourite Suzi Perry. This year’s ideal gadgets will focus on the technology of today and tomorrow with the very latest in domestic gadgetry to make your home an entertainment hub.

New face for 2011 Diarmuid Gavin will be showcasing this year’s Ideal Gardens sponsored by Hydropool, with a range of feature gardens and expert advice on the best ways to utilise your outdoor space. This year will also see the first ever Ideal Garden Design and Landscaping competition, where eight of the best gardening colleges across the UK will go head to head for the first time showcasing new ideas, skills, talent and determination to flourish into talented designers.

Visitors will also be able to tickle their taste buds and experience the best of British grub with Gregg Wallace’s within the Ideal Food section and his brand new Gastro style restaurant.

2011 will also see the return of the Zee Asian Pavilions, which will celebrate London’s rich cultures and offer a wide range of food, fashion and entertainment in unique section within this year’s show.

If all of that’s not enough, the Ideal Woman section hosted by Fiona Philips will offer a wide variety of style advice, catwalk fashion shows or even take the weight of your feet, and indulge in a little pampering with our Beauty Bar, or for some more shopping ideas head to the Ideal Shopping area, to pick up the latest home wares and accessories.

There will also be advice and tips from the UK’s leading industry experts and some of the nation’s favourite celebrity experts on hand, offering 100’s of helpful hints and tips on your home improvements, in our workshops and theatres around the show.

With the widest collection of the UK’s biggest brands, and over 600 exhibitors, featuring a series of industry firsts and UK product launches, the Ideal Home Show offers everything consumers need to create their very own ideal home, and enjoy a Great Day Out for all the family, with something for everyone.

The Ideal Home Show will also be supporting the ABF Soldiers’ Charity for the second year, following an incredible campaign in 2010 which saw a total of £102,000 raised for the ‘Ideal Homes for Heroes’ campaign, launched at the show in 2010, in aid of soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need of support and grants for home improvements and mobility issues.

The Ideal Home Show, London will open its doors for 17 days from 11th – 27th March 2011, at London’s Earls Court. Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 415 4144. Group bookings can be made by calling the Groups Hotline on 0871 230 5581, or for further information about the show visit the website http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/. 50p per ticket sold goes to the Ideal Homes For Heroes appeal supporting ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – see www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/ideal-homes-for-heroes/ for details.

DONATE – To donate to the ‘Ideal Homes for Heroes’ Appeal, please logon to; http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/  for further information.


  1. I went about 5 years ago when This Morning were there.

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