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★★☆☆☆

“Dissappointing customer service”

Written on: 10/04/2017 by Braydong60 (1 review written)

I was disappointed to be honest. There wasn't very much to see. I expected more. I was disappointed with the customer service of one particuler stall (Alexander James on Saturday 7th April). The saleman was very rude. I was sitting on one of the chairs to try it out as you would if you were looking to purchase it and also checking my phone to see if they had a website as i was genuinely interested to see if they did the same design in a different fabric and the salesman approached me in such an… Read Full Review

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“A waste of a day ”

Written on: 06/04/2017

This was my first trip since the show moved to Olympia. A waste of a day as very little there this year, and everything was so expensive. I paid £2.70 for a coffee in a small paper cup, and was pleased I took a packed lunch with me, as most of the food stalls seemed to stop selling hot food quite early and I wouldn't have paid their prices for a sandwich. The only two good things in my opinion were a performance by the Southampton branch of Rock Choir and the wonderful Troubadour, a… Read Full Review

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“Ideal marketing, but rubbish show”

Written on: 30/03/2017 by Mayra53 (1 review written)

I received a ticket for free and was really looking forward to visiting the show as marketing creates a very good impression and I have never been there before, however I was very disappointed. Organisation- shambles. Tickets advised to use numbered entrances, but only letter entrances were shown outside the building, there was no one even to ask. No plans for the whole show provided except for the food hall, which was overcrowded, low level and way too loud live entertainment. No air… Read Full Review

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“Such a let down!”

Written on: 27/03/2017 by Morris273 (1 review written)

I went to the Ideal Home Show a very long time ago and it was brilliant, so I was expecting the same kind of experience again. What a let down! The ground floor I found very uninspiring. Upstairs we felt harassed by some of the cosmetic stall sellers trying to get us to try their products, one seller stood in front of me and I had to walk around her to escape the pressure she was trying to put on me to try her product. I also saw a lot of cheap "tat", in places it felt more like a market. The… Read Full Review

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“Ideally stay at home!”

Written on: 13/11/2016 by Kenny265 (1 review written)

What a waste of time! Went to Trafford Manchester & wish I hadn't bothered. It was far, far too busy, - people were sat on the floor eating & it was almost impossible to see the stands, huge queues for food so we didn't bother and snaking queues for toilets. Badly lit & terrible floor planning meant we missed most of it as it was like a maze. It's not worth the entrance fee, from what we did see there were some stalls selling over-priced tat. The worst was the so-called Bake-off area which… Read Full Review

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“Ideally Awful Show”

Written on: 09/07/2016 by WillowLindsay214 (1 review written)

Tickets are a waste of money, show was boring, items too expensive, market stall atmosphere, bad layout, no incentive to purchase any thing, spent no money, did not dare to try the food stalls, food was too expensive, was in and out the show within 3 hours. In the old days I would attended from start to finish and still did not have enough time to see all stalls. Wait, there was something good "Old Men Grooving" This show suited for those who have lots of money don't mind spending it. I have… Read Full Review

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“ Rubbish!”

Written on: 30/05/2016 by Margarita52 (1 review written)

Just a market. Spent more time queuing to look around show house than inside them. Everything cordoned off. 20 minutes in queue 5 minutes inside. The Linda Barker designed one was atrocious. A cheap shelf held up with straps particularly naff in one room set. Really disappointed with upper level which was just full of cheap market goods. The "garden displays" we're just furniture which you could see at any garden centre. Cost us £60 each on train to attend terribly disappointed. Never… Read Full Review

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“Needs a complete rethink before it becomes extinct”

Written on: 01/04/2016 by Creativesam39 (1 review written)

As a long time veteran of the Ideal Home Show, I have witnessed the demise of what used to be an innovative event to no more than a market place for the more affluent business. Gone are the little independent craft and inventive stalls, the chance to try new foods, and most of all the fun. I remember in days gone by the excitement of wandering through the show homes, seeing the possible future revealed before our very eyes, many of which are just becoming a reality. The remote controlled… Read Full Review

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Grace1Hft's Response to Creativesam39's Review

Written on: 01/04/2016

I attended today 1/4/2016 this was my first experience not sure if I would go again. Whilst I would say there is a lot to see I felt like if you didn't purchase items from the stalls that a lot of the staff were quite rude and forceful in their selling. Today we witnessed an incident in the ladies toilets and can't believe how arrogant/ignorant people are towards disabled people. I was appalled by the behaviour of a lady with her young daughter who needed to change her daughters nappies in the disabled toilet and who felt that she needed to highlight to people how long she had been waiting for the disabled toilet. It got to the point where a member of staff had to go into the ladies toilets to find out what was happening. He advised the lady that there was another disabled toilet for her to take her young child into but she refused to move. What was so disgusting was her behaviour towards the disabled lady and the comments she made towards her after coming out after being told by the member of staff that she could go in she commented on if the facilities were even clean for her to use . I felt embarrassed as I felt the lady was being racist towards the disabled lady who had just come out from using the facilities . Not sure if I would attend again

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★★★★★

“Great Day Out at Ideal Home Exhibition 2016”

Written on: 28/03/2016 by ChicUnique (1 review written)

I attended the Ideal Home Exhibition 2016 today. I was a bit apprehensive due to some of the reviews I had read before going, but I'm now writing this review to dispel the negativity I had read. Arrived easily via the road network and parked onsite(tad expensive, but if anything, slightly below standard London prices), as Olympia is perfectly located just off major links. There is a tube station right outside should you wish to choose public transport. Collected goody bags, full of the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Not ideal”

Written on: 28/03/2016 by Anyamous (1 review written)

Not an ideal show, don't go to the ideal home show as it is an absolute rip off, bad service and waste of time and money. Don't pay £20 for the tickets because it does not even cover the cost of the goody bags as they have to be at least worth one pound. Went there today and the front of house staff referred me to the ticket office were they then told me I had to buy a anthor ticket which cost £20 and the actual price displayed was £18. And I don't understand why they told me that because I… Read Full Review

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“Boring!”

Written on: 23/03/2016 by Sweens1 (1 review written)

Been dozens of times over the years. Getting worse each year. Worst show houses they've ever had. Since when are clothes part of an Ideal Home! It's just turned into a market. I'd love to know how much Olympia makes been reported larger stands pay 250k for the duration. Tickets too expensive. You get nothing in return apart from the chance to buy overpriced food and drink. Pint and 2 small wines £16.50. Hot dog £5. Checked prices of certain things online when got home and they were… Read Full Review

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“Ideal rip off”

Written on: 26/11/2015 by 463Haynes (1 review written)

Paid for 2 for 1 tickets online in Sept, thought I'd ordered 2 X 2 for 1, turned out only 2 tickets arrived. Ordered 2 more online for collection at box office, no confirmation email, payment taken, no tickets or trace of my new order! Had to buy more on the door! So annoying, now having to go through fraud people at the bank to get a refund! The See Tickets people were useless at the venue. Also, lack of seating in the food area! Venue absolutely boiling hot. No tube to Olympia. Lots of… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Just market stalls selling tat!!!”

Written on: 08/06/2015 by Haynespu428 (1 review written)

My sister and I decided to go The Ideal Home Show for ideas as we are both in the middle of house renovations. What a complete waste of time and energy. Walking into the building it promised to be everything we were hoping for. Brightly coloured artificial grass lined the way into the building which was flanked by really tall conifer trees and loud music and lovely people checking your tickets. However, inside was a totally different story. The place was jammed full of market stalls selling… Read Full Review

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Shivy's Comment

Written on: 29/11/2015

I have waited several years to go but due to work, illness etc I never made it until this year. Booked a hotel as thought it was going to be a long day with everything I assumed was going to be there. I had walked around Olympia within three hours and have to agree with all the comments above. Disappointing in every way. Felt like I was at an inside market with no atmosphere - the glossy ad promised so much but did not deliver. It could be made so much better . Also several stores only took cash which was a problem and lost sales .

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★★☆☆☆

“Overcrowded, chaotic, repetitive items and poor value”

Written on: 09/04/2015

My friend let me know she could not attend at the last minute so I went on my own but that's fine because (a) she had a lucky escape and (b) I didn't feel so bad leaving so soon! The place looks great from the outside but inside it's just a mass of cramped stalls with no obvious path to follow so you end up going round in circles, suddenly finding yourself back in the same place you were 30 minutes before, or probably missing whole sections (good for me but not great for exhibitors). They need… Read Full Review

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“Awful”

Written on: 05/04/2015 by Angrun (1 review written)

Fortunately I had complimentary tickets if I had paid £19.50 I would have been even more angry. So positive side easy to get to on overground . Large hall.. home downstairs which was average to say the least not many gadgets that it is known for and ordinary sofas, beds, mirrors a small frame 6x4 was overpriced £10... Velvet seems to be the theme of most sofas and then the usual leather.....very overpriced stands of food a small bottle of water which I bought was £2.25...... But upstairs… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Ideal home for whom?”

Written on: 09/06/2014 by msavio (1 review written)

With a name such as the ‘Ideal Home Show’ you would expect to see all sort of fantastic, futuristic, mind-blowing inventions to make your house more efficient, more sustainable, more beautiful and more durable, exploring materials, brands, new certifications for homes, new innovative space solutions, etc.. There was absolutely nothing of all this, nothing that trigged my imagination or stimulated my curiosity. In a nutshell: a big junk fair! Just to give you an idea: 1. Garden? What… Read Full Review

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“royal rip off”

Written on: 07/06/2014

having not been to a show for years we thought we'd give it a go. lots of mediocre rubbish. things you could easily find on the high street. two scoops of ice cream £4 and £5/£6 for a meat roll, what's that all about? would I go again No, nor recommend it… Read Full Review

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“Waste of time”

Written on: 06/06/2014 by Jackrebecca (1 review written)

It was one of the worst few hours I have ever spent a total waste of time and the prices discussing … Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Hard Sell Exhibitors”

Written on: 25/03/2014 by Quinton175 (1 review written)

Overall I enjoyed the exhibition, but one experience I would not like repeated when a cosmetic (face cream) rep insisted I sat down whilst he demonstrated the product, I told him I had a full supply at home and that I was not interested, he insisted on dropping the price and once I had the courage to say an OUT RIGHT NO he turned very nasty and I left the exhibition feeling very upset… Read Full Review

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“Same old, same old”

Written on: 18/03/2014 by xyO'Donnell45 (1 review written)

Today was my 3rd visit in 6 years and sadly it's starting to get tiresome now. Too much hard sell. The reason we came back after last year was because we really had an entertaining time watching TV presenter Clive Holland, great property advice and very funny too. It seems he's not appearing this year and everyone we asked didn't know why? I had got 4 friends to come along on the strength of it but never mind. Maybe next year?… Read Full Review

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