Build It Live! comes to Oxfordshire – new show launches at Bicester on 11 & 12 June 2016

Packed full of inspiration and innovation, Build It Live! is the perfect show for anyone interested in learning about building their own home or finding out  how best to add space, light and value to an existing home.  There’s so much under one roof - from new and cutting-edge to classic and traditional.

There will be 18 free workshops and 10 free seminars each day.  The seminars will include a step by step guide to self build, opportunities at Graven Hill, designing your dream home, renovating a home with character and building a sustainable home.

Many of the country’s leading suppliers and experts will be showcasing their products at the Bicester show and providing top tips to anyone thinking of embarking on their own self build or renovation project. 

Build it Live! launched 4 years ago and already has successful shows at EventCity in Manchester and Bluewater in Kent. 

The show will take place in Bicester in association with Graven Hill which has outline planning permission for 1,900 new self build homes - the largest concentration of self build plots ever seen in the UK! 

Bicester also has great transport links and is located on the M40 / A34 junction just to the North of Oxford which makes the show accessible for self builders in the Thames Valley, Western Home Counties, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Build It Live! is the perfect place to meet with architects and other independent experts for one-to-one free advice on how to turn a project into reality including how to find land, what is possible with and without planning permission and how to ensure you have the right design.
At this year’s show:

  • See and touch 1000s of cutting-edge and traditional products
  • Meet over 100 of the UK’s most innovative suppliers
  • Attend inspiring free seminars and workshops developed to address specific problems and inspire confidence when taking on a renovation or building project
  • Get one-to-one impartial advice from our team of experts on planning and design
  • Watch some fascinating demonstrations

Companies exhibiting at Bicester include ‘Potton’ who offer stylish self build homes, ‘Oakwrights’ with their bespoke oak framed houses and ‘Northcot Brick’ who are award winning master brick makers. ‘Kloeber’ who have the latest glazing solutions including bi-fold doors and  ‘Byng Joinery’, with their quality timber sash and casement windows and custom made bespoke staircases in pine and oak.

Below are some of the exciting exhibits this year:-

GRAVEN HILL ZONE:  Speak to the Graven Hill team to find out more about the opportunities to build your own home on Graven Hill, including looking at building plots available.  There will also be an opportunity to hear about the project in the seminar theatre at 11.10 each day.

THE NAKED HOUSE: See a section of a new build as it comes together after first fix– a fascinating insight into how things are installed, from ICF blockwork and underfloor heating to the roof trusses and floor joists.

FIND A BUILDER:  Talk to the Federation of Master Builders who can guide you through the process of finding the right builder for your project. Access their database of trusted builders in your area.

SELF BUILDERS’ OWN STORIES LIVE: Gain inspiration and confidence from Build It readers who have realised their self build dreams. Hear their stories in the live theatre on the show floor.

ECO FRIENDLY BUILDING TECHNIQUES:Take part in taster sessions and see demos covering a range of sustainability issues – including renewable energy and environmentally friendly building techniques.

SELF BUILD ACADEMY: FREE taster sessions from the Self Build Academy delivered by Potton – providing essential knowledge for all self builders. 

For further information and to book tickets visit   
Standard ticket price is £12 per person.  Children under 16 are admitted free with an accompanying adult, and do not require a ticket.

All paying visitors will receive a copy of the latest issue of Build It Magazine worth £4.35 when they visit the show.

Press enquiries including requests for press tickets and high resolution images to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647 or email

Notes to Editors:

The show will be held just 5 minutes drive from Bicester Outlet Village and the Graven Hill site.  

For further information about the Graven Hill project see the website 

Bicester is also well known for its Bicester Outlet Village, which is the UK’s premier designer outlet village with a broad range of excellent cafes and restaurants alongside its shops.
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