Visit a Self Build Show.

A self build show or exhibition is a great source of information and well worth a visit if you are considering a self build or renovation project.

There are exhibitors for every home building and renovation product and service imaginable including all the latest build systems and innovations.

You can get advice and ideas on everything from finding land to securing finance and home design. You name it, it’s there, along with plenty of keen sales people eager to promote their products and services. It’s a great opportunity to pick up inspiration, immerse yourself in the world of self build and stock up on your ball-point-pen stash for the next 12 months!

Most shows have useful seminars with question and answer sessions from experts and the celebs of the self build world who are usually more than happy to sign your copy of their book once they’ve finished.

There a number of self build shows out there now but the main ones are:

National Self Build & Renovation Centre.

This is the UK’s only permanent Exhibition Centre for self builders and renovators. The centre is located in Swindon and they have over 240 suppliers in their Trade Village. There are even two purpose built ‘walk though’ houses with cut-away sections to display various construction details.

The Homebuilding and Renovating Show

This show travels the country stopping at:

  • Birmingham NEC.
  • Glasgow SECC.
  • Harrogate HIC.
  • Sandown Park Surrey.
  • Somerset – Bath and West Showground

Over the years it has developed into an extensive operation with something for everyone.

Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live takes place annualy in Birmingham and ExCel London.

Hundreds of exhibitors display everything from build systems to interiors, ktichens, bathrooms, tech and beyond. They have sponsored ‘ask the expert sessions’ which comprise of free 30 minute consulations on all manner of topics to help with your project.

A comprehensive lecture schedule will allow you to glean some gems from top industry experts and self build ‘celebrities’. All in all a great place to get a lot of information.


We’ve got a new and improved events calendar¬†on The Self Build Guide where we’ve added dates and information for all these shows if you’d like to see what’s coming up.

Don’t forget that you can find loads of great information on every aspect of building your own home right here on The Self Build Guide, so after you’ve been to visit a show don’t forget to come back and see us again.

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