Grand Designs Live opens October 9

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Based on the eponymous TV series, Grand Designs Live in Birmingham, now in its fourth year, is a consumer exhibition featuring all you might need to build, renovate or furnish your home. Celebrity experts and interactive features have made this one of the UK's most popular interior design events.

Product launch highlights at this Grand Designs Live show include 3D television monitors by Samsung and Panasonic. Of hundreds of interior design brands exhibiting, Alessi, Dyson, and Uber Design will all present their new product ranges.

The event will feature the Grand Show Garden with demonstrations by the country's best-known gardeners (Diarmuid Gavin, James Alexander Sinclair and Geoff Stebbings), one-on-one expert sessions as well as the first-time Grand Village, which focuses on eco-friendly building.

Here is the schedule for the weekend:

Friday, October 9

11.00-11.45 Meet TV's Grand Designers
12.15-13.00 Transform your home with great design ideas
13.30-14.15 How to create a light-filled home
14.30-15.30 THE BIG DEBATE - The Great British Refurb Campaign
16.00-16.45 George Clarke's Don't Move - Improve

Saturday, October 10

11.00-11.45 Building your own home - it's all about management
12.15-13.00 Renewable Energy - choosing and using it
13.30-14.15 Diarmuid Gavin's garden design masterclass
14.30-15.30 THE BIG DEBATE. Birmingham transformed
16.00-16.45 George Clarke's Don't Move - Improve

Sunday, October 11

11.00-11.45 Meet TV's Grand Designers - The Arched House
12.00-12.45 Starting your own Grand Design
13.00-13.45 What makes a great eco home?
14.00-15.00 THE BIG DEBATE: Eco, slow and transition towns
15.30-16.15 George Clarke's Don't Move - Improve

Grand Designs Live also organizes events in London (the next one in spring 2010) and runs through October 11 at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham.