The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is planning an even bigger event to attract self-builders and renovators on 29 March – 1 April 2012. Picture credit: Darren Chung

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place for four days from 29 March – 1 April 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham. Homes&Travel has 30 pairs of free tickets to the show worth a total of £900 (each pair is worth £30).

This year, Britain’s biggest self-build and renovation event, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, is celebrating 21 years of inspiring generations of home owners to build their dream home. In its long history the show has helped hundreds of aspiring self-builders and renovators to achieve their vision and in March it expects to welcome the millionth visitor through the doors.

Whether you’re planning a renovation or embarking on a self-build journey, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show provides the widest range of groundbreaking, different and exciting solutions under one roof no matter what stage your project is at.


For four days from 29 March – 1 April 2012, the show returns to the NEC, Birmingham, bringing more self-build and renovation ideas, DIY advice and interior inspiration to make every aspect of your home perfect. The show is brimming with great ideas and innovative techniques from over 450 specialist exhibitors who are offering an unrivalled range of products, practical workshops and hands on demonstrations – all under one roof!

For the first time, the show features a dedicated Eco Home Zone with its very own Eco Home Theatre providing visitors access to specialists in sustainable energy solutions. With rising energy prices, visitors can use this opportunity to explore ways to keep their energy bills low by adopting different energy solutions.

In addition, the show is increasing the amount of in-depth seminar and master class theatres to four (including the Eco Home Theatre where eco home experts, including Tim Pullen, will be presenting several seminars), providing the widest and most detailed range of advice and expertise to be found in the UK.

One of the newest construction options – full size, structurally insulated panels (SIPs) – will be on display for visitors to examine first hand and discuss with experts whether the structure is right for their self-build. Don’t miss out on live demonstrations at the Carpenter Oak Traditional Skills Showcase where you will learn a variety of skills including dry walling, lime rendering, thatching and many more.

If you’re happy to get your hands dirty, visit the ‘Try it Yourself’ area, which will provide free interactive training sessions on skills such as tiling, bricklaying and plastering.

To transform your garden this spring, why not visit the Landscaping Zone, created by Buildbase for an insight into how to make the most of your outdoor space? Whether you’re planning to grow your own vegetables in the city or create a family friendly entertaining space, this zone will continue to provide you with all the latest, new ideas you’re looking for.

Make sure you stop by ‘The Advice Centre’ stand where the Homebuilding & Renovating magazine experts will be joined by leading professional bodies to help guide your project from start to finish. Take this opportunity to bring your drawings along for a one to one consultation where you will receive useful tips to enhance your project.

Homebuilding & Renovating magazine will help guide your project in every field including design, finance, renewable, sustainability, restoration and legal issues Picture credit: Darren Chung

For visitors requiring more specialist advice, there are 48 free Masterclass programmes to address your specific problems and issues. Presented by leading exhibitors, these classes offer a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with principal companies in the industry. Topics range from smart homes, finance, construction systems, renewable energy, basements, build costs, heating, design, renovating, roofing and DIY.

Share the passions of our experts including Michael Holmes (editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine and presenter of ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’), David Snell (consultant at the BBC and the Daily Telegraph’s bricks and mortar expert), Mark Brinkley (author of the House Builder’s Bible), Tim Pullen (eco expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine) and Sally Tagg (planning expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine).

For more information and tickets, visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 581 1375. Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door (children under 16 go free).