I had a great time, looking at homeware stalls, watching celebrities in the Ideal Super Theatre where I learnt about colour, organisation and clutter. I came away with plenty of ideas to re-decorate my new home, I'm just waiting for the money fairy to drop by. You can find out more about the brands I saw over here.
Shortly after this event I discovered the Ideal Home Show was coming back to EventCity, Manchester, for Christmas from the 12th to 15th of November 2015 and this time I've roped my husband into coming with me to carry the bags.
With over 300 exhibitors showcasing Christmas shopping inspiration, a variety of celebrity and expert appearances and a range of festive features, including a Christmas bandstand sponsored by Gocompare.com hosting live entertainment. They will transform the venue into a winter wonderland across various sectors.
Celebrity visitors including TV Chef Gino D'Acampo, Interior Designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Wine Expert Olly Smith and Model and TV personality Katie Piper all bring their own festive hints and tips to make Christmas Ideal.
Whether it's visiting the Christmas Theatre, the Food & Drink theatre sponsored by Stoves, or hanging out in the champagne bar sponsored by Hydropool there is plenty on to fill a whole day of Christmas festivities.
I'm planning on getting a good seat for Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Seasonal Battle of the Sexes at 11am in the Christmas Theatre, Gino D'Acampo at 12.15 followed by Cane and Grain: Massi's Christmas Cocktail Masterclass at 12pm in the Christmas Food and Drink Theatre. The shows differ daily so make sure to check and see what's on on the day you go.
Take a look at this highlights video from last year.
TicketsTo book tickets visit http://www.idealhomeshowmanchester.com/ or call on 0844 209 7366
Adult £12.00 in advance £15 on the door.
Concession (Over 60's) £11.00 in advance £14 on the door
Children (Under 15) go free when accompanied by an adult
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The boring bit
- Competition open to all those aged 18 or over
- The tickets can be redeemed on any day of the show – 12-15th November 2015
- There is no cash alternative and tickets cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances
- The Ideal Home Show at Christmas and EventCityhas the right to refuse entry
- Travel to the event and accommodation is at the entrant's expense
- Due to time constraints the winner will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize or another winner may be drawn.
- Tickets are only valid for the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, Manchester
- All entries will be verified and should remain live for the end of the competition.
Disclaimer: I was offered a pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, Manchester and the prize in return for writing a couple of posts, All opinions are my own.