We are thrilled to tell you that Tommy Walsh will be back at the show this year! Tommy has been a huge supporter of The Scottish Home Show and it wouldn’t be the same without him. Tommy will be with us on Saturday and Sunday. You will find him pottering around the show so if you have questions for our resident home improvement expert make sure you come and see him.
This year we are bringing an all new catering concept to The Scottish Home Show. ’Food Street’ will bring street style food to the show for the first time. With food ranging from pizza from a pizza oven to pulled pork and burgers there will be something for everyone. Coupled with our Food & Drink exhibitors and the samples they will be handing out then you certainly won’t go hungry!
The demo kitchen returns to the home show this year and we are delighted that this will be hosted by local chef Kevin Shand. Kevin will be on the kitchen all weekend, joined by a variety of guests, whilst he prepared some amazing Scottish dishes using locally sourced ingredients. We like the look of the Scotch Beef Bridie and Local Smoked Haddock Rarebit sessions but check out the demo schedule to see what takes your fancy.
The demo schedule is now live in our Scottish Home Show app so you can plan your visit around the sessions you want to attend. If you are yet to download the app just visit your app store and search for ‘Scottish Home Show’. Tickets can also be purchased through the app but don’t forget we still have an offer running on ITISON so you might prefer to nip over to that and save yourself a few pounds.
All meat used in Kevin’s demos will be supplied by McWilliam Butchers & Butcher at the Brig. All Fish & Shellfish has will be supplied by Sutherlands of Portsoy.
We launched our 2017 demo kitchen schedule at the end of last week and some of you may have noticed a few new sessions… this year we will be introducing you to The Scottish Home Show’s version of Saturday Kitchen Live!
On Saturday 30 September our demo kitchen host Kevin Shand will be joined by Craig Wilson (The Kilted Chef of Eat on the Green) who will be cooking for Tommy Walsh and one of you at the chef’s table. Will Tommy get to either enjoy his food heaven, braised cheek of beef complete with local whisky & pink peppercorn cream served with clapshot, or have to try his food hell, haggis, cardamon & chilli kofta? We will be letting you decide! On Sunday 1st October Kevin and Tommy will go head to head in the battle to cook the perfect steak!
Don’t forget to download The Scottish Home Show App from your app store to access the full demo schedule.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be joined this year by a number of Royal Warrant holders in our all new, Scottish Home Show first, Royal Warrant Zone.
A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement. The Royal Warrant is the document that appoints the company in its trading capacity, and is granted to a named individual, known as the Grantee. The Warrant gives the Grantee permission, and responsibility, for the display of the relevant Royal Arms in connection with their business.
The Royal Warrant Holders confirmed to be joining us so far are:
Balgownie Limited – Bell Decorating Group – Connon Brothers – Glencraft – Howdens Joinery – Roy Cowie Landscaping – Stagecoach – Walkers Shortbread Ltd
The Royal Warrant Zone will be found in the middle of the arena, so make sure you come and see these iconic British businesses.
We are thrilled to announce that we have a very special exhibitor joining us at the show this year. Well, he isn’t exactly an exhibitor in the traditional sense of the word, he is an adventurer who will be in the arena showing off his endurance skills…
Dean Stott is a former British Special Forces Soldier who will be undertaking the monumental challenge of cycling the Pan-American Highway in 2018. The current world record for this stands at 117 days. This is a ride that will last 3 months and see Dean cycle through extreme weather and across multiple borders, he is hoping to take 7 days off the record. He will be doing this all in the in the aid of charity…
Dean is an ambassador and supporter of The Special Boat Service Association. He is the very proud Scottish representative for the charity.
He will also be raising money for Heads Together Campaign, having been asked by HRH Prince Harry to lend his support to the campaign. Heads Together is a mental health campaign led by the Royal Foundation aimed at challenging the stigma of mental health.
Dean will be joining us on a bike at the show and cycling for the duration of the show! He will also have another bike with him so you can get involved too! At the show Dean will specifically be raising money for the Heads Together Campaign and we hope you can pop along and show both him and the charity your support.
Watch the video below to find out all about the incredible challenge that lies ahead for him.
Organisers of the popular North Hop festivals and events have launched an exciting new festival for its fans celebrating Spirits from across Scotland.
The inaugural ‘Spirit of North Hop’ launches in Aberdeen on Saturday 28th October at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, where the previous two North Hop Aberdeen festivals have been held.
The one-day festival will host two sessions featuring special ‘Spiritual Sessions’ offering the chance to meet the distillers and learn more about how the products are made and the stories behind them. The distilleries attending will be showcasing the latest trends in gin, whisky, vodka, rum, tequila and liqueurs, letting revellers discover some brand new distilleries and re-visit favourite ones whilst soaking up a festival atmosphere. Each distillery will be serving up samples, perfect serves and cocktails. There will also be street food vendors, a prosecco bar and a North Hop Bar with craft beer, cider, soft drinks and guest spirits, along with local DJ’s on across the sessions setting the vibe.
North Hop, was created by marketing professional Michelle Russell through a love of craft beer and gin and the realisation that awareness needed to be raised for the growing craft drinks industry. North Hop has since put Scotland firmly on the craft drinks map through a series of festivals and events across Scotland including Aberdeen, Inverness, Aviemore, Glasgow and Edinburgh welcoming more than 10,000 fellow craft drink fans.
North Hop founder Michelle Russell, said, “I have seen a massive growth in the Scottish spirits industry over the last few years and although gin went through a big popularity phase vodka, rum and liqueurs are all now making a big impact. Whisky is also giving gin a run for its money with new-make spirits and an increase in popular whisky based cocktails. And with the recent launch of Scotland’s first Tequila brand now seemed the perfect time to celebrate Scottish spirits, the North Hop way!”
Senior Sales Manager at AECC, Anna Mackenzie said, “We’ve watched North Hop grow in popularity and noticed how they’ve really made their mark in the city so the launch of Spirit of North Hop is another great addition to the festival calendar for the city. It will offer fans of Scottish food and drink a different dynamic whilst allowing them to find a new love within the array of Scottish spirits that the region has to offer. Aberdonians are rightly proud of the fantastic food and drink that is produced locally and we are sure they will turn out in their numbers to make the first ever Spirit of North Hop a huge success.”
Picture Caption (L-R): Spirit of North Hop and North Hop Founder Michelle Russell with AECC Director of Sales and Marketing Louise Stewart.
The Scottish Home Show team is delighted to announce award-winning home-builder Dandara will once again be headline sponsor for the upcoming event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
This will be the fifth year that Dandara has supported the event, with the premium developer also taking a stand in the heart of the exhibition.
Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband has also been announced as a show partner for 2017. The team will be at the show to advise the public if they can get fibre broadband in their area and how to sign up with a service provider.
This year’s show will bring you an all new zone, and the first of its kind in Scotland, The Royal Warrant Zone. The zone will include some well known and iconic British brands who have received a Royal Warrant of Appointment.
This is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years. Royal Warrant exhibitors currently include: Balgownie Limited, Bell Decorating Group, Glencraft, Howdens Joinery, Roy Cowie Landscaping, Stagecoach and Walkers Shortbread Ltd.
Other highlights at this year’s show will include The Scottish Home Show’s own version of ‘Saturday Kitchen’ hosted by Kevin Shand and supported by Aberdeen’s own “Kilted Chef” Craig Wilson along with our new ‘Food Street’ a redesigned Food & Drink area of the show.
The Scottish Home Show was acquired by SHS Exhibitions Ltd in November 2016. New managing director, Allison Walker said: “I am delighted that Dandara have come on board as our headline sponsor. To again have the support of such a successful national property developer demonstrates the value of the show to the local community. We have a lot planned for this year’s show and some fantastic ticket offers throughout September.”
Peter Best, sales manager for Dandara in Aberdeen, says: “Whether you’re thinking about making a move or looking to update your current home, the Scottish Home Show has everything to inspire and educate you under the one roof.
“Dandara is pleased to continue its support for this fantastic event and our sales team are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand where they can find out more about the ‘Dandara difference’ and our stunning new homes in developments throughout Aberdeen.”
The sixth annual Scottish Home Show will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1, 2017. The show will be opened by Lord Provost, Councillor Barney Crockett, at 12pm on Friday, September 29.
Picture Caption (L-R): Allison Walker of Scottish Home Show, Peter Best of Dandara and Louise Stewart of AECC,
Picture by Michal Wachucik/Abermedia
The work of two locally based photographers has been unveiled today at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). This comes as part of a collaborative project between the venue and the city’s Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Earlier this year AECC’s Director of Operations and Safety, Fiona Mann, challenged Commercial Photography students at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art with a brief to revamp artwork in the venue with images portraying the unique architecture and stunning scenery found in Aberdeen and its surrounding areas. This project formed part of the students’ final year submission project.
After initially looking for the work of one artist, the high calibre of work and understanding shown in the submissions meant that two winners were chosen to display their work within the concourse area at the venue.
“The AECC were looking to inject a ‘feel’ for Aberdeen into their venue and this provided a perfect opportunity for us at the BA Commercial Photography course at Gray’s School of Art to get involved. The students on the course all tackled the project to produce images that summed up Aberdeen for them and a number were selected by the team at AECC to provide images for production. The collaboration with AECC has been a very positive experience and the students have benefitted from a live project which has inspired and developed their professional skills in client liaison,” said Mick Eason, Course Leader, BA Commercial Photography, Gray’s School of Art.
Fiona Mann, Director of Operations and Safety at AECC commented: “This was a fantastic project to be involved with; giving local students the opportunity to have their work displayed in a venue which is about to welcome 50,000 visitors next week at Offshore Europe. It also gives our visitors a sense of Aberdeen and its surrounding areas, inspiring them to make more of their visit to the city.
“We greatly value the partnership work we do with the universities in the area. The work submitted was of a high quality and we had a difficult time selecting the winner. We felt the work of Elaine and Evelina really stood out – in fulfilling the brief, incorporating AECC branding elements into their shots and managing to evoke a strong sense of place. We can’t wait to see our visitors’ reaction to the display.”
Image: Mick Eason, Course Leader, BA Commercial Photography, Gray’s School of Art and Lainey Macleod, Gray’s School of Art Graduate (2017), view Facebook Page
Free shuttle buses will be running to and from the event from key locations all over Aberdeen including key hotels, oil companies, Aberdeen International Airport, Aberdeen City Centre and Park and Ride stops. Information and full timetable can be found here
The Park and Ride X40 service from First Bus will operate as normal, with reduced parking on-site (on a first-come-first-served basis) for customers travel from AECC into the city centre.
A taxi rank is located outside the Holiday Inn, adjacent to AECC – this is the only location permitted for drop-off and pick-up. Taxis can be pre-booked from the taxi desk located inside the main AECC building.
A limited amount of parking is available on site in car park 1, 7 and 10 on a “first-come” basis. Visitors are advised to share vehicles or use the free shuttle bus wherever possible. All car parks close at 7pm each evening throughout the duration of the show and parking is only permitted in designated parking spaces. Penalties will apply for parking in unauthorised locations including on the road or verges surrounding the site. Please click here for more information on travelling to AECC by car.
Disabled parking is available for blue badge holders only in gates 3, 4 and 6 – adjacent to the Exhibition entrance. Please display your blue badge on approach to the site to be guided to the correct parking area.