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The 2020 Homebuilding & Renovating Show, get two free tickets

The annual National Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26-29 March 2020 and we are giving you the chance to get two free tickets. Hurry tickets are limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

Homebuilding & Renovating show 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is postponing the event due to take place from 26-29 March at the NEC Birmingham until 9-12 July 2020 due to concerns about Coronavirus. The decision has been based on several factors, aligned with the Government’s advice, to safeguard the welfare of exhibitors and staff as well as ensuring the comfort and safety of visitors.

We have compiled a list of FAQs to answer any concerns you may have: https://national.homebuildingshow.co.uk/faqs.

Whether you’re planning to build your own house, add a spacious new extension, want to remodel the internal layout or create a stunning kitchen overlooking a landscaped garden, then a visit to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a must.

Introducing the John Lewis Home Design Service

West Midland’s largest event of its kind is sponsored for the first time by Spectrum Architectural Glazing, which will display its high-performance, low-energy glazing products on stand no. E267. The show will also introduce the John Lewis Home Design Service presented by local stylists from its Midlands department stores within a designated John Lewis Design Lounge at the event. Across the four days, the Home Design Service will assist homeowners in devising a new look for their rooms or restyling a whole house and provide them with a personalised shopping list of curated items. The Midlands department stores are also showcasing their latest colour swatches, fabrics and furniture, designed to create a cohesive scheme for everything from flooring and curtains to the finishing touches.

One to one consultations with Sian Astley

‘Lady builder’ Sian Astley, project manager for BBC2’s ‘Your Home Made Perfect’ and experienced interior designer and renovator, joins the event for one-on-one consultations and to host a seminar called ‘Building Secrets Explained: How to run your building project’, in which she shares her wealth of knowledge accumulated over the past 23 years.

Hundreds of exhibitors and masterclasses                         

Over 500 exhibitors and 13 daily seminars and masterclasses will demonstrate top quality, specialist advice, products and services from industries including kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; extensions and conversions; eco and heating; architecture; design; financial services; planning permissions and much more. People who have successfully finished a project will also be present to share their experiences with those at the beginning of their journey.

Get tailored advice

A key area at the show is The Advice Centre, which abounds with impartial guidance for those who are interested in discussing their ideas with industry leaders. Visitors keen to find out more about the design, planning and construction process are recommended to book an Ask the Architect consultation, where chartered specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) can assist with visitors’ specific issues. The Ask the Builder area, home to members of the Federation of Master Builders, will guide people on hiring accredited, highly skilled construction workers.

Ask the Experts

For more general tips on all aspects associated with self-build and renovation, the Ask the Expert zone offers 15-minute consultations through interactive sessions with property experts Michael Holmes and Jason Orme; master builder Andy Stevens; building expert Bob Branscombe; eco expert David Hilton; serial renovator Jo Dyson; planning expert Sally Tagg, and finance expert Tom McSherry.

Navigate the show with a handy app

All visitors can navigate their way on site with the help of the show app, available on iPhone and Android. They will be able to schedule and receive alerts for key seminars and masterclasses, browse through the list of professionals available and access the latest offers and information.

Get your 2 free tickets now

One-day tickets to the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show are usually  £18 on the door but we are offering you two free tickets to the show, (children under 16 go free). To claim your tickets visit the show website www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/national

Dates and Shows

Your two free tickets can be used at any of the Homebuilding & Renovation shows taking place across the UK.

National – NEC – Birmingham – 26 – 29 March 2020

Scottish – SEC – Glasgow – 30 – 31 May 2020

Southern – Sandown Park – Surrey – 27 – 28 June 2020

London – ExCeL – London – 25 – 27 September 2020

Scottish – RHC – Edinburgh – 17 – 18 October 2020

Northern – HCC – Harrogate – 6 – 8 November 2020

South West – Bath & West Showground – Somerset – 21 – 22 November 2020


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  1. Sorry forgot to say thank you it would be lovely !!

    Comment by Kate Marriott — February 22, 2020 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Our twins daughters are back from University and don’t look to be moving out in the near future ! We wish to make the most of our upstairs space by extending over the garage and converting the garage into an additional ‘chill’ room.

    Comment by Kate Marriott — February 22, 2020 @ 1:35 pm

  3. its a must show

    Comment by ghanshyam patel — February 17, 2020 @ 8:33 pm

  4. The two of us would very much like too attend the The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham: owing to pressing commitments, we can really only attend on Saturday 28th March 2020. Hoping to be successful. Thanks.

    Comment by Mr. R. Douglas-Jones — February 6, 2020 @ 4:36 pm

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