Birmingham: Britain’s second city and surprisingly beautiful. Did you know, for instance, that the city has more canals than Venice? Okay, so it’s not the city of love and George and Amal Clooney didn’t decide to get married in Brum, but if they had then they might have chosen spots like Birmingham’s incredible hyper-modern library, designed by Dutch design studio Mecanoo, or maybe the Victorian neoclassical town hall or, indeed, any number of architectural beauties.
Which makes it the natural location for Grand Designs Live. And the king of design, the man who has been captivating the nation year after year with his withering putdowns as yet another bright eyed novice builder decides to do the project managing themselves, is Kevin McCloud. The Channel 4 host of Grand Designs will be hosting the live event which returns to Birmingham’s NEC this month, so it’s the perfect place to head if you’re planning a bit of home DIY, a renovation or a full-on self build home.
Over the five day event, McCloud will be discussing the best ways to go about your home project live onstage with a selection of experts. And held in Birmingham’s enormous NEC, there’s plenty of space for the 400 or so companies who will be showcasing their wares across six project zones; build, kitchens, bathrooms, interiors, technology and gardens. There’s also the chance to make the most of free one-to-one consultations with project specialists among many other highlights.
The event is quite literally THE place to go if you’re about to face down a large building project and maybe before you mooch down to the builders’ merchant’s. What’s more, if you use the Handbook’s special code, HAND18, you’ll receive free entry!*
Grand Designs Live is hosted at Birmingham’s NEC from 10th to 14th October, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
T&Cs: Valid on standard admission tickets only. Tickets must be booked in advance before midnight on 11 October 2018. Free weekday tickets valid between 10-12 October 2018 only. Subject to limited availability, tickets allocated on a first come-first served basis.