6 Reasons to Visit Build It Live in 2023

Build It Live is the UK's most practical self build and renovation show. Here are just a handful of reasons why you won't want to miss it!
Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
4th March 2022

Build It Live is the UK’s most practical self build exhibition, dedicated to helping real home builders and renovators find the information and inspiration they need to make their dream home happen.

Our next exhibition, Build It Live South East, will take place on 10th & 11th June 2023, at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.

Swap those sales brochures and Pinterest boards for the real thing, because the show will provide a whole weekend of inspiration and expert guidance to thousands of visitors from across the Home Counties and London.

If you’re planning a self build, renovating a property or looking to add light, space or value to your current home, then a trip to Build It Live will be an essential part of your preparation.

Here are just some of the reasons why you shouldn’t miss the show…

100s of exhibitors

You won’t have to make big purchasing decisions without first seeing and testing out products, because at Build It Live you can meet hundreds of the UK’s leading suppliers, see thousands of products on display and specify the right items for your project.

Gain face-to-face advice, physically test out products like sliding doors, eco products and smart home systems in person. The show will also feature suppliers representing each of the main build systems, ICF, SIPs, bricks and masonry, timber frame and oak frame.

Free workshops & seminars

Build It Live features dozens of free, daily seminars and workshops. From securing a plot for your build to staying on top of your budget, our interactive talks are there to guide you in the right direction.

Ask our experts

Build It magazine’s experts will be on hand all weekend giving free, impartial guidance on any part of your self build, renovation or home extension – without the sales pitch! Don’t miss your chance to tap into the knowledge and experience of our professional planners, architects, project managers, sustainability experts and more.

Their independent advice could save you £1,000s on consultancy fees! So, bring your plans, ideas and questions along and make sure you get to the show early to book your one-on-one appointment.

Self builders’ own stories

Gain inspiration and confidence from Build It readers who have already realised their self build dreams. Hear their stories, ask them questions and gain tips on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Take a look inside a build

See a cut-away show home at first-fix stage, inspired by the choices we made for our Self Build Education House. From ICF blockwork to roofing, floor joists, windows and more, the Naked House gives you an unrivalled insight into what it takes to build your own home.

Find practical solutions for your project

As well as the opportunity to try out products and materials in person, Build It Live will bring you free expert-led demonstrations and clinics, designed to help you achieve project success. At Build It Live South East, we’ll have the Heating Advice Clinic, the Basement Advice Clinic, the Build Cost Clinic and the Extensions Advice Clinic.


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