Visitors at Build It Live South East

As you may already know, two of the UK’s best self build and renovation magazines are merging, to form Build It incorporating SelfBuild & Design.

As part of the merger, Build It will now not only host its two celebrated Build It Live shows, in Kent and Oxfordshire, but also the SelfBuild & Design South West show, in Exeter. Find out more about the merger, via our FAQ page.

You can claim free tickets to any of our shows, by heading to the Booking Page and using promo code BISBD23

About Our Live Shows

For more than 20 years, Build It magazine has been providing expert guidance, advice and inspiration for people looking to build their own home, renovate a property or undertake an extension of conversion project.

Bringing the magazine to life, Build It Live is the annual exhibition, designed to provide face-to-face inspiration, thousands of products and expert consultations all under one roof. We’re proud to be the UK’s most practical and focused self build exhibition.

Our interactive exhibitions take place annually in Kent, Oxfordshire and now, Exeter. Our shows offer a wide range of advice clinics and one-to-one sessions for anyone looking to self build, renovate or extend their home, as well as hundreds of exhibitors, live seminars, workshops and demonstrations.

Find out more below, or explore our site for more details about what you can see and do at Build It Live:


Our Build It magazine 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.


Build It Live offers a range of free workshops and seminars, each presented by leading suppliers, specialists and experts from the self build sector. Each session focuses on specific problems and choices that self builders and renovators face every day, from how to finance your build, to extending your home on a budget.


Build It Live features numerous dedicated clinics, including the Build Cost Clinic, the Heating Advice Clinic, the Basement Advice Clinic and the Extensions Clinic. Our experts will be on hand to answer your specific questions and provide you with guidance and tips to help you achieve your project goals.


At Build It Live you can pop along to various taster sessions of our Self Build Virtual Training courses. Run in partnership with Potton’s Self Build Academy, this interactive series will give you the detailed know-how to successfully realise your dream home. Covering topics including where to start your self build journey to choosing the right structural system, these short, 20-minute taster sessions are presented by Build It’s expert contributors and Potton’s highly experienced self build team.


Self Builders’ Own Stories is an opportunity to hear from people who have already completed a self build or renovation project. Hear real self builders and renovators talking about how they went about creating the home of their dreams. Learn from their mistakes, hear their top tips and ask them questions about their experiences.