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“Target of Health Risk Cheat”

Written on: 09/04/2019 by EX-BECKETT (1 review written)

Please stay clear of a company called ChilFlex, which I believe does not even exist as they cannot be tracked down! Two foot massagers were purchased. Foolishly I paid with cash, which I never do at the show especially for the amount spent - £160 - . It was near the end of the show and me and more so my elderly disabled mother who has limited mobility was happy to purchase a product to ease her poor circulation after trialling the product on the infrared setting and I purchased one for my… Read Full Review

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“Doesn't feel genuine ....”

Written on: 08/04/2019 by BrentonSimmons119 (1 review written)

I went to The Ideal Home Exhibition yesterday. Was looking forward to getting lots of ideas for our new extension. Not only did I not achieve that, I also came away feeling unconvinced that some of the products on sale were genuine and also poor quality. I was especially annoyed at the staff members on Le Jardin France. Arrogant, rude and inappropriate. I don't think I will go again… Read Full Review

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“Dated”

Written on: 26/03/2019 by MacLeod413 (1 review written)

Been going on and off for a while now each time hoping for some surprise. But it's the same old stalls which do not appeal to me and I am sure a lot of the others. The show management needs new blood. They need to excite to make people wants to go. In other words they need new exciting products you know 'this is the era of new technology but it's not reflected of 21st century so far. The other excitement goers look forward to is genuine offers from the exhibitors not getting the impression that… Read Full Review

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“Uninspiring ”

Written on: 02/04/2018 by Brombeere (1 review written)

Went to so-called ideal home show yesterday as planning to build an extension, had hoped to get some ideas. Could not see anything that was helpful, interesting or inspiring. Just a muddle of a market, with pricey products. Not a good atmosphere either. Mystified as to who would want to buy there. Does anyone actually pay money to visit this show? Overall, seemed pointless to us, and would not go back… Read Full Review

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“ (NOT so Ideal) Home Show ”

Written on: 31/03/2018 by Maeve473 (1 review written)

I have been going to the ideal home show on and off since I was 16, so nearly 50 years, starting at Olympia the Earls Court and now back at Olympia, but I have never been so let down as this year. We are having a new kitchen soon so wanted to look at wall panels....no, we also wanted to look at fitted wardrobes...no, bathroom mirrors...no, water beds....no. If you wanted a sofa with a drop down headrest in leather, there were lots, automatic beds, double glazing, bi fold doors or stand on… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing”

Written on: 28/03/2018 by 88Lawson (1 review written)

Very disappointed this year. Only one show home (you can’t count a beach hut as a home). Where are all the inspirational homes and decor of past years? No gardens either. Not enough variety of exhibitors either, just a lot of hard selling… Read Full Review

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“Epitomy of Rip Off Britain”

Written on: 21/03/2018 by Smugnot (1 review written)

The people who promote this absolute rubbish of a so call show should be ashamed of themselves. Got my tickets free from Martin Lewis website recommendation. If I had paid, then I would have been even more upset. We used to love going to the show but had not been for 15 years. It was going down hill then, but its now in freefall. Really nasty feel to it, and having since read the reviews, I would endorse all of the other one star ratings. Avoid like the plague!… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing”

Written on: 31/05/2017 by Lib77 (1 review written)

We have been to the ideal home show in Glasgow many times and usually enjoy a day out, this year my husband and I were both left disappointed . We are currently renovating a house so were looking for ideas for doors, windows and a staircase but felt there were more stalls selling nik naks than to do with homes - it was more like an indoor market. Many of the stall holders were on their mobiles or just handed you a leaflet without even bothering to engage with us The food court was overcrowded… Read Full Review

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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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