What’s on at Build It Live?

There’s never been a better time to create the home of your dreams. Seek the inspiration you need to create a property that you will never want to leave, with Build It Live.

Our interactive exhibitions take place annually in Kent, Oxfordshire and Exeter. They offer a wide range of advice clinics and one-to-one sessions for anyone looking to self build, renovate or extend their home.

Brought to you by the experts at Build It Magazine, these annual shows are designed to help you find everyday solutions to perfectly manage your home building or renovation project.


Our 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.


Make sure you visit the Land Zone, brought to you by PlotBrowser – the online portal dedicated to real building plots. Here, you’ll be able to discover the various routes to finding the right plot for your build. At the Land Zone you’ll be able to explore an online database of available plots and obtain information about the latest serviced plot projects across the UK.


Whether building from scratch or renovating an old house, if you want a truly sustainable, healthy home, then every aspect of your project needs to be considered in detail – from low-energy design strategies through to the products and finishes that go into both the structural fabric and the internal fit-out. Visit the Sustainable Building Products Pavilion, in association with The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP), to gain advice and source some of the UK’s best eco products on the market.


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. 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.


From glazing specialists to heating suppliers, timber frame companies and kitchen manufacturers, our exhibition hall will be packed full of leading industry brands and companies, ready to speak to you about your project.