Grand Designs Live

Posted on: 07 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Whether you want to decorate or build your dream home, ExCeL London is the place to be from 3rd to 11th May.

The Grand Designs Live exhibition returns for a new nine day stint at ExCeL London between Saturday 3rd and Sunday 11th May 2008.

The award-winning show remains the only contemporary design exhibition, offering visitors the chance to buy, build and furnish a house all under one roof.

Based on Channel 4's hugely successful Grand Designs series presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the live exhibition launched in 2005. This year sees even more features, celebrities and expert advice than before.

Grand Designs Live London will bring together over 500 exhibitors reflecting all the current trends in design and modern living. Visitors will get six inspiring shows for the price of one, plus a unique shopping experience - GRANDBuild , GRANDGardens, GRANDInteriors, GRANDKitchens, GRANDBathrooms, the Design Shopping Arcade and the return of GRANDVillage to Royal Victoria Square.

Grand Designs Live exhibition.Furthermore, the Information Hub will provide visitors with a one-stop-shop for all queries from architecture and building regulations to planning and garden design. A qualified team of specialists will be on hand to offer advice and counsel.

Free seminars will take place at the Grand Designs Seminar Theatre with lectures and discussions to inspire budding designers covering topics such as planning, design, ecology and finance. The schedule covers the six key elements of the show and includes an exciting line up of TV stars, industry experts and Grand Designers from the TV programme.

Matt James, from Channel Four's The City Gardener, is the latest celebrity speaker to be added to the list, which includes Diarmuid Gavin, Jason Bradbury, Naomi Cleaver, and Kevin McCloud. He will be appearing at Grand Seminars Theatre, sponsored by the Electrical Safety Council, on Monday 5th May and will be speaking about gardening in small places.

Matt has been described at a "genuine, 21st-century tree hugger" and has become a recognisable face in modern gardening. Besides television, he is also working on his second book and lectures in South London.

The exhibition will also show visitors how an average family can produce fruit and vegetables all year round using just four square metres of their garden. Divided into four 2m x 2m vegetable patches representing the seasonal produce available in spring, summer, autumn and winter, Living off the Land will show visitors how much produce they can grow in a year as well as finding out when to plant products.

The feature will have a juice bar as well where visitors can pick their own fruit and vegetables to create their favourite juice.

There are free seeds for every visitor too. Grand Designs Live has teamed up with Velux to create Future Forest, a bespoke and interactive show feature. Visitors will be invited to take a packet of seeds in return for submitting a personal pledge to reduce their carbon footprint.

Located within the Design Shopping Arcade, Future Forest will straddle either side of the walkway displaying walls lined with packets of seeds. Over the duration of the show, the pledges will be collected and displayed on a visual indicator with supporting messages on screens updating visitors on the details and quantity of pledges collected.

Visitor Information

Grand Designs Live logoFor further information or to purchase tickets to this year's event please call 0871 230 5577 or visit:

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