The day after our stay in London, K and I ventured off to Earls Court for the Ideal Home Christmas Show. I’ve been to the Ideal Homes show a few times before, but never to the Christmas one, so I was really looking forward to it.
We didn’t realise parking on-site was pre-booked, but we managed to get into a car park not too far down the road, so that wasn’t a problem and it also meant we didn’t have to queue up with all the other cars trying to get into the venue.
Outside Earl’s Court they had created a Winter Wonderland with a snow-covered floor, twinkling Christmas trees and Santa in his sleigh. They also had a snow machine on the roof, so it was falling from above and made it feel really festive! I tried getting a good picture but, unfortunately, because I’m such a short-arse, I struggled to get a picture above everyone’s heads, even when I stood on tip-toes!
Inside the arena there were dozens of separate display areas for the various exhibitors. There was furniture, toys, homewares, garden accessories, gadgets and much, much more. Although the venue was decorated really nicely to a Christmas theme and had a skating rink in the middle, plus a singer providing Christmas tunes, we were a little disappointed at how few of the stalls had made an effort to be Christmassy. There were also only two small stalls selling decorations and we’d hoped we’d get this year’s one there.
They had a restaurant in the middle of the arena (Gregg Wallace’s) which looked really beautiful, laid out in white and red with lots of lights twinkling and bouncing off the glass and tableware.
This was the first Christmassy thing we did this year so I was really looking forward to it and it definitely kicked off the festive season for me, getting me into the right frame of mind for all the fun and frolics ahead, but if I go again I would hope that it was a bit more Christmassy and had more festive themed stalls, rather than it purely being a showcase for various companies to tout their wares.