What’s on at Build It Live?

What’s on at Build It Live?

Find out what’s on at Build It Live – every Build It Live event is packed with exhibitors to meet, products to discover, seminars and workshops to hear and features to satisfy your information needs. Our shows include something for everyone, no matter how far along you are on your self-build journey!

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Ask Our Experts

ask our experts

Build It magazine is written by a wealth of industry experts, with decades of knowledge and experience under their belts. At Build It Live you can meet those experts, ask them questions and even show them your plans for top tips on making your project a success. From eco home building to design and planning specialists, we have an expert for you. The Ask Our Experts zone is extremely popular, so make sure you book a session early in the day, for a FREE face-to-face consultations with some of the most experienced names in the self-build and renovation industry.

Meet 100’s of Exhibitors


Meet hundreds of the UK’s leading suppliers, see thousands of products on display and specify the right items for your project. From bricks to staircases, underfloor heating to rainwater goods and oak frame companies to roof tiles, we’ve got everything covered at Build It Live. You can check out who’s at the show – and which stand they’re on – by following this link for Build It Live Bicester.

The Naked House

Naked House

One of the most popular features at any Build It Live, the Naked House allows you to see a section of a new build as it comes together after ‘1st fix’– a fascinating insight into how things are installed, from ICF blockwork and underfloor heating, to roof trusses and floor joists! Read more about the Naked House here.

FREE Daily Seminars and Workshops

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Attend free inspiring and informative seminars and workshops, designed to give you the confidence to take control of your project! Industry experts and suppliers will talk you through everything from finding land and gaining planning permission, to financing your project. Read more about the our seminars and workshops.

Self-Builders’ Own Stories Live

self-builders own stories

Gain inspiration and confidence from Build It readers who have already realised their self-build dreams.  Hear their stories, ask them questions and gain tips on how to avoid common pitfalls. Head to the live theatre and get more details here.

Land Zone

Land Zone

Make sure you visit the Land Zone to source information and advice on finding the right plot for your build. This exciting feature will offer valuable tips for finding land, including a gallery of available plots – plus, information about the latest custom build (serviced plots) projects across the UK. Learn more here.

Heating Advice Clinic – NEW

By popular demand, visit our brand new Heating Advice Clinic, to help you decide on the best heat source for your home!

Self Build Academy

Self Build Academy

Enjoy FREE taster sessions from the Self Build Academy, delivered by Potton – providing essential knowledge for all self-builders.  See the full programme here.

Build Cost Clinic

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Book an appointment and discuss your project with an expert estimator, to start to better understand how much it will cost to build the home of your dreams. Find out more here.

Find A Builder Clinic

Let the experts guide you through the process of finding the right builder for your project (and avoid the cowboys!)  Top tips on the do’s and don’ts of hiring tradesmen.  Running in association with the Accreditus Register. Find out more here.

3D Home Design Demos

3d Home Design Demos

Visit the Build It 3D Home Designer stand for a FREE 20 minute demonstration of how to visualise your home project in 3D. Sessions run on the hour between 11am and 4pm each day and there’s no need to book. Learn more here.

Build System Options

Meet exhibitors specialising in each of the key build systems, who will help you assess the right route for you! Check out the exhibitors for our Bicester show.

Graven Hill Zone – Build It Live Bicester

Graven Hill

Build It Live Bicester takes place in association with Graven Hill, the UK’s first large scale self-build project with outline planning for over 1000 self-build plots.  Visit the Graven Hill Zone at Build It Live Bicester to find out more about the scheme. Graven Hill will be featuring on Channel 4’s Grand Designs: The Street. To find out more about he programme click here.

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What's on at Build It Live