It’s that time of year again! Topher and I had a great time at the Ideal Home Show last year so when I was offered a free ticket to go again this year I said yes straight away. Since Topher works during the week at a school now, I brought along Emma.
There was an eat and drink section of the show last year but now they’ve gone all out and given it an official festival right alongside the home show. Being a foodie, this was definitely the bit I was looking forward to the most!
There were so many amazing stalls and we had such a good time trying samples and storing away cards for a later date. I may have also purchased some flavoured tequila! It was too much to resist. Otherwise I was very well behaved with my purse. I do have a honeymoon to save for after all.
It wasn’t too hard to find the rum…
How cool is this little drinks van? I wish we could have had something like this for our wedding!
How awesome is this fudge? So pretty!
And this Pimm’s teapot was amazing. I wish I had one of these in my garden.
There was loads going on from workshops, to live demonstrations and we walked away with so many ideas.
Then it was over to the Ideal Home Show section.
My favourite bit definitely had to be the little room set ups they had. I don’t even have kids but I want this room below. The wallpaper is gorgeous.
This room really makes me happy but I now want to go on holiday!
I really like the wallpaper in both the room above and below though I don’t think I’d use it in such a large room. I have an idea to use it in our downstairs bathroom to give it a bit of personality. At the moment it just looks like more of a store cupboard than a guest bath.
We had a great day and will definitely be back next year – especially for the Eat & Drink festival.
Thanks to the Ideal Home Show for my ticket!
And the winner is…
Well done! Check your inbox for an email from me 🙂
As for everyone else, thank you so much for entering. If you were unlucky this time, take yourselves to the tickets page of the Ideal Home Show’s website as tickets only cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free. It’s an event not to be missed.
I know I’ll be going!
UPDATE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
It’s competition time!
Last year I went to Manchester’s Ideal Home show with Topher and we both loved it! So I was really excited when the organisers contacted me and asked if I wanted to attend and run a giveaway for this years event. Of course!
Tickets cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free.
But this is a competition for 2 free tickets.
It’s all the inspiration you could ever want for your home and garden under one roof.
“Fresh ideas, trends and products for your home: from decor, fixtures and fittings, scrumptious food and this year’s latest garden tips.”
Walk through vendors and displays and let your imagination run wild.
Even Topher had a good time!
A brand new addition to the Ideal Home Show this year, the Eat & Drink festival is:
“A pioneering live experience celebrating the most innovative and delicious food & drink Manchester has to offer from its huge range of local artisan vendors. It’s set to be a feast for all the senses…Pop in to see the newest trends in modern cuisine, mixology, extraordinary tipples and street food.”
I think this is the bit I’m looking forward to the most!
When is it?
8th – 11th June
Where is it?
What’s the prize?
2 free tickets to Ideal Home Show, Manchester 2017 (these tickets also get you into the Eat & Drink festival) that can be used for one day only between 8th – 11th June.
How do I enter?
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms and Conditions
- Tickets are valid for one day only between 8th – 11th June
- Tickets are for the Manchester event only
- Winner will be contacted by myself and tickets will be posted out by the organiser
I had been to the Ideal Home show over a decade ago with my mum and the only thing I can remember about that is coming home with a popcorn maker. And almost coming home with a juicer.
Since we now have a house of our own, I decided it would be fun for Topher and I to attend the Ideal Home Show when it rolled into Manchester last week. Topher wasn’t so sure. But he quickly changed his mind after seeing the amount of food stalls handing out free samples.
Being the foodie’s that we are, we began in the food section where we worked our way through the various samples of cheese, wine and amazing chicken sausages.
The garden section was particularly inspiring though I don’t think we’d be able to fit one of these gazebos in ours! We did have a giggle over this one as it reminded us of the Tiki Room at Disney World so subsequently we had the tune stuck in our heads for a little while afterwards.
This pod seriously had some hobbit vibes going on. So of course Topher wanted one. He reckons we should just sell our house and live in one of these things. Even though it is literally only one room that you would probably plonk in your garden as some extra space for an office or workshop or something.
And of course it’s not the Ideal Home Show without seeing someone you used to watch on TV in the 90s. The minute Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen appeared and started advising you not to put your sofa against the wall, we swiftly headed in the other direction. Like our living room is big enough to put the sofa anywhere else! I think I preferred meeting Tommy from Ground Force last time.
Anyway, we managed to walk away without buying anything (like we had any money anyway!) but we did take some fun home décor ideas with us. Though I’m still skeptical about Topher’s idea to make our kitchen look like a Nandos…
Have you ever been to the Ideal Home Show?