It’s the start of a new year. And what better way to kick off 2018 than a visit to the London Boat Show?
It’s a great opportunity to check out all the latest watersports products and gear, dazzling boat debuts and water-based activities for all the family. Also this year, the show has included the new ‘Boating and Watersports Holiday Show’.
This portion of the show is a wonderful chance for visitors to find help on deciding what to do, where to go or what to get for their new water-based adventure in 2018. Whether you’re seeking new adventures on the open ocean, a family boating holiday on the UK’s inland waterways, or you’re interested in the latest watersports gear, you’ll find it all at the 5 day Boating and Watersports Holiday Show at the London Boat Show.
Other show attractions and activities include the Activity Pool for the kids, displays of classic boats, the Yachtman’s Bar, Party Night for the adults, the Beach Club plus lots more.
To attend as our VIP guest to the show, you can register here: http://bit.ly/2AGPqrE. It’s quick and easy to do. One of our wellness experts will be in touch with you shortly to confirm details of your arrival day and guests.
Well this Ideal Home Show was a special one for us. This year is of course our 20th year anniversary so we decided to turn things up a notch. This year we hosted a special VIP evening event hosted on both Thursday nights at the show. If you came along during one of those evenings, or any other time during our time at the show, we’d like to personally thank you all for your time and support! It has all been very appreciated and we hope you all had a fabulous time! And if you were unable to join us at the Ideal Home Show 2016 event, don’t you worry. We’d love to see you at our next event which is Grand Designs Live 2016.
Besides the wonderful VIP evening events we hosted, we had a wonderful time being back at the Ideal Home Show as their Ideal Garden & Champagne Bar sponsors. There was all kinds of new decor ideas and home inspiration tips as well as some fantastic exhibitions and products on display. We were quite taken by the display of gorgeous food and drinks selection as well as enjoying our time checking out guest talks by Martin Lewis, Craig Phillips, Katie Piper, Alan Titchmarsh, Dean Edwards and of course the one and only Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Check out the gallery below of our time at the Ideal Home Show 2016. To see more please feel free to browse on our Pinterest event moodboard here.
Can things that were hot – still be cool after 20 years?
This year was notable for the birth of the first clone, Dolly the Sheep, which was pretty cool. It was also the time that the first girl band with Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Scary and Baby of the Spice Girls’ had their first hit ‘Wannabe’.
Also hitting the news in ’96 was the introduction of the first genetically modified (or GM) food to go on sale in British supermarkets. Modified tomato puree was the cause of all the fuss with some critics dubbing it a “Frankenstein food”.
The world of sport was dominated by England’s hosting of the European football championships (Euro ’96). The England v Scotland group stage match drew much attention with Gazza’s wonder goal eventually stealing the win for the home team.
Entertainment wise, carrot topped Chris Evans re-invented the chat show format with his hit show ‘TFI Friday’. Presenting celebrity gossip, the hippest bands and lad friendly guests, this unscripted, chaotic program briefly made Evans the most sought after man on TV … we’ve yet to see how he does on with his latest incarnation on ‘Top Gear’.
The big screen was blessed with one of the best British films, ‘Trainspotting’. Despite featuring heroin, needles, vomit and disgusting toilet bowls, this was the coolest thing of the year and took Ewan McGregor from nowhere to ‘Star Wars’.
The more family friendly film of 1996 was ‘Toy Story’; it being the first feature length movie ever to be animated entirely by computer. The results were quite stunning and people flocked to see ‘Woody’ (a pull-string cowboy) and ‘Buzz Lightyear’ (a high-tech space ranger) battle it out to become little Andy’s favourite toy.
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Before we get into what happened at the show, we’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that your Christmases and NYs was just as spectacular as you’ve hoped. Now we all familiar with the saying, ”New Year, new you” and sometimes it’s is easier said than done! But it’s never too late to take better care of yourself physically or treat yourself more. And what better way to get this message across than at the London Boat Show. As always, the London Boat Show remains our first big event of the annual year and usually sets the tone for the rest of the year. One word to sum up London Boat Show 2016? Inspiring.
We were treated to all kinds of entertainment, exhibits and celebrities. The star studded guest-list varied from Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson, who opened up London Boat Show 2016 to Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville who unveiled the highly-anticipated new Sunseeker yacht model. After being treated to a wonderful live performance from The Overtones, we got down to work showcasing our Hot Tubs & SwimSpas to the masses. In between we managed to check out some of the other exhibits, including Sunseeker International, Land Rover, Prestige Yachts, Princess Yachts, Fjord, Honda and RYA.
As well as seeing some amazing boats, gadgets and experiential exhibits, we also came across some interesting people. As well as the general public, special guests ranged from the Tourism minister David Evennett to four time Olympic Gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie. Even though the event was on for 10 days, it seemed to had just flown by just like that. We miss it already, but there’s lots to look forward to this year. Including the Ideal Home Show & Grand [...]
We’ve had the pleasure of being at the NEC once again over the weekend as sponsors for Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2015. Being back at the NEC brought back at lot of fond memories of our times exhibiting here in the marvellous centre and this time wasn’t an exception. From seeing everyone’s favourite host Kevin McCloud to seeing our favourite show ambassadors Jo Hamilton and George Clarke. We also saw up close and personally the likes of world renowned Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, the New Homes and Communities lead at long established BRE, Gwyn Roberts, founder of Studio Bark Wilf Meynell, Patrick Bradley of PB Architects and BBC1’s DIY SOS’ Mark Millar.
Perhaps our biggest highlight of the event came on the first day when Kevin McCloud made one heck of an entrance at Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2015.
Yup. Lexus UK created an fully functioning, origami car out of laser cut cardboard. You can read more about how they came up with the idea here.
Our four days at Grand Designs had gone so quickly it felt like it had just finished when we had just began. But we won’t be too down about it as we have the Ideal Home Show Christmas shows to look forward to next month. The shows will be in both London and Manchester. Feel free to check out the gallery of images and to also click onto our Pinterest to see more visuals from Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2015.
Photos of Origami Car courtesy of Lexus UK.
Ahh Southampton…that time of year has already come and gone again. The phrase “We came, we saw, we conquered” comes to mind. We had such a fabulous time down in Southampton. The weather for the most part was reasonably decent and there was all kinds of fun attractions to see and cool exhibitions on show. From the hotly anticipated Sunseekers’ stand opening (this time featuring musicians Suzi Perry & Collabro) to the wonderful stands from fellow show sponsors Land Rover, Peters May, Honda Marine, Crown Pavilions, Intercontinental Wines & the British Marine.
There was also the Honda Youth RIB Championships going on by the Marina and we were treated to an amazing air performance by none other than the amazing Red Arrows. We even had a visit from the Minister Of Shipping during the show. Southampton Boat Show 2015 is definitely one for the memory banks. Wonderful time, just wonderful!
Be sure to check out the gallery below of our lovely time at the Southampton Boat Show 2015. You can also see much more images on our Pinterest.
Ideal Home Show Scotland came and went back in the end of May and it was a fantastic show! We had the pleasure of meeting up with designer Diarmuid McGavin at the IHS show! A wonderful gentleman as always, he spent some time with us during the show (of which we loved every moment of it). But the Ideal Home Show wasn’t all about hot tubs. There was all kinds of newfangled products with lots of different stands and showrooms on view. We checked out Virgin Media’s Smart Home, which had the UK’s fastest broadband network in action, and allowed visitors to discover show-stopping telly with the TiVo® service. The home was divided into handy life-like living spaces including a kitchen, lounge, study and outdoor space so that visitors could see each product in its intended environment. Erskine had some wonderful garden displays on view, as well as learning some helpful tips and DIY hacks at the Ideal Home Theatre.
Also there were some of our favourite celebrity ambassadors; Amanda Lamb, Diarmuid Gavin, John Amabile and George Clarke!
To see more of the Ideal Home Show Scotland highlights, check out the gallery below. To see more, see our Pinterest.
Treat your loved ones this Valentines Day…
Ah, Valentines Day… have you always dreamed of a night under the stars in a roof top hot tub, whilst sipping on champagne with your loved one? Or perhaps a relaxing swim in a home installed swimming pool, followed by a soothing massage?
Instead, you’ve most likely seen the sight of, or even worse, been a victim of the crazy, annual panic buying and impulse purchasing that occurs the week before the big day.
We’re here to ensure that you’re prepared this year, and your gift shopping experience begins when you request a hot tub brochure HERE.
If you’ve always wanted a Valentines Day to remember, then look no further. We have a range of hot tubs and SwimSpa’s that allow for a range of experiences and are suitable for all needs. Whether your other half prefers a more luxurious experience, or a more fun experience; we’ll make sure its perfect for both of you.
Our Hydropool H395 self-cleaning hot tub fits 2-3 people, making it perfect for a romantic Valentines night. Furthermore, its HydroFlow jet system and lighting options would be an ideal addition in creating a romantic setting. And for those who would prefer a gentle swim, our 14iX AquaTrainer SwimSpa’s offer a more active option, which can be followed by a soothing massage with its jet system, creating an equally relaxing and romantic experience.
Either way, Hydropool can ensure that you’ll have the perfect Valentines Day or night; one that you’ve always dreamed of. Visit your local Hydropool UK retailer today and be seduced by our irresistible range of high end products. Remember, however you decide to spend Valentines Day this year or next, make it perfect with Hydropool UK.
Well what a show! It has been a spectacular whirlwind the past 10 days and we couldn’t be happier! Being a part of the London Boat Show has always been one of our highlights of the annual year and this year was no exception. The London Boat Show 2015 event was hosted inside the ExCel centre, where we were situated at stand E410, right next to Sunseekers International and Crown Pavilions. We had a perfect view of the stunning yachts and we were also lucky to be right next to the wonderful ‘4D Experience’ tent promoted by CWMFX and the London Boat Show. We’ve seen huge crowds here at the LBS and we’ve seen all kinds of people, from former Pussycat Doll lead singer & X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger to Bernie Ecclestone, the business magnate who also happens to run Formula One. We’ve also been graced with the presence of HRH The Princess Royal! And with sporting celebrities like Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, boxer Carl Frampton and rugby league team Wigan Warriors. All in all we’ve have had a ball here and can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
Be sure to check out the London Boat Show 2015 gallery below and much more on Pinterest! Also see the London Boat Show 2015 overview video just below.
A season filled with booze and rich, indulgent foods lies ahead, so this Christmas we thought we’d put a spotlight on how easy it is to remain healthy and active throughout the festive season. Without even having to leave your house. The last year has seen a huge surge in UK residents jumping on board the fitness craze. With the influence of celebrity culture, diet and exercise has never been such a hot topic. From the clean eating frenzy to the exercise obsession, which has been rapidly growing thanks to HIIT training, Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle, exercise has never been cooler. We’ve always emphasised the importance of remaining active at all times of the year.
We know it’s easy to sign up to a gym in an attempt to kick-start your New Year’s resolution of becoming stronger, fitter and healthier, creating a sexier you. But when was the last time you actually step foot on the treadmill or partook in an exercise class? Hmmm?
It’s really easy to make excuses but our Hot Tub and SwimSpa products ensure you’ll find time to exercise in the luxury of your own home. That dreaded feeling of intimidation and fear when you visit your local swimming pool or gym will never be a problem again when you get stuck in with one of our lovely Hot Tubs or SwimSpas.
Whether your main resolution for the New Year is to get fit or not, it’s clear that these Hot Tubs and SwimSpas have loads to offer both physically and socially. You can’t deny the fact that they provide massive benefits for every age and all body types. So if you get bored of the gym one week in, remember that Hydropool [...]