6-8 June 2014
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
The Ideal Home Show kicked off at Event City, Manchester for the first time in its 105 year history yesterday and I was luckily enough to attend the opening ceremony and have the opportunity to see first-hand just what is on offer.
The venue is huge but we found it easy to navigate around. Each section has colour coded carpet i.e. green is garden exhibitions. You can buy an official showguide for £5 but there are large stands dotted around with maps on if you think that is a little pricey. I had the guide and did use it on a few occasions it also includes some interesting articles and names and addresses of all who are trading there if once you get home you decide really can afford that out of this world Jacuzzi you came across earlier!
There really is something for everyone from furniture: TV, BBQ’s, goalposts, cooking utensils, carpets, cars, jewellery, candles, holidays and many many more, the list is endless there are over 300 exhibitors. We particularly enjoyed the food and hardware part. Here you could sample lots of lovely food and drink and buy products very reasonably priced. This area also has plenty of food outlets so whatever your tastes there is bound to be something to tickle your tastebuds. We opted for the hog spit roast barms and traditional lemonade both of which were delicious. While we were sat chatting before the show my mum spoke about her Aunty Margorie bringing back a toastie maker from the Ideal Home show in 1955 she went on to say they were the best toasties ever. Low and behold there was a stall selling the exact same thing, yes you have guessed it, she bought herself and sister one. Having told the stall holder the story we heard him passing it on to customers while demonstrating how to use them for the rest of our time there – which made us smile.
The show homes are magnificent as are the room sets all designed by major high street stores and designers. Oh to be rich.
Greg Wallace has a pop up restaurant which looked lovely and there are bars and cafes scattered around the event although not much in the way of seating. There is a cooking theatre hosted by Aldo Zilli but there was nothing going on in that area when we were there. At the show’s centrepiece – the super theatre you will find celebrities giving tips and advice on amongst other subjects gardening and home improvements. Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Melinda Messenger, Martin Lewis and George Clarke were there yesterday.
By early afternoon the crowds were getting very big and it started to get difficult to move around so I would suggest you go in the mornings or maybe later in the day?
We had a fantastic time and came away with new ideas for our homes. So if you are looking to renovate or just want some new trinkets, need a new state of the art cooker or fancy some unusual sausages this is the place for you.
The Ideal home opens from 10am-6pm and is on until tomorrow. Get yourselves down there and enjoy.
Tickets cost £12.
For more information visit www.idealhomeshowmanchester.com.