Homemaker team have the answers

The team behind the North's biggest and best property guide is gearing up to answer all your questions when the first ever homemaker exhibition is held this weekend.

The team behind the North's biggest and best property guide is gearing up to answer all your questions when the first ever homemaker exhibition is held this weekend.

Homemaker editor Karen Overbury will be present at the supplement's own stand throughout the event which takes place at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

She will be joined by the rest of the team - Karen Wilson, Francesca Craggs and Mieka Schmidt - to pass on their expertise about property in the North-East.

The team will be stationed at stand 46 at the exhibition, sponsored by IKEA, which will showcase top home, garden and lifestyle companies from across the North-East and beyond.

Visitors to the stand can pick up their special Homemaker Exhibition carry bag and glossy brochure, which contains a full list of exhibitors and demonstration schedule.

They will also be able to have their photograph taken with one of the event's visiting celebrities - interior designers George Bond and Linda Barker, city gardener Matt James and chef Paul Rankin.

Karen said: "We've made lots of changes to homemaker recently and this is people's chance to give their views.

"We've heard a lot of praise, but this is a chance to meet the team face-to-face and tell us what you think and what you would like to see more or less of.

"You can also share your property stories with us."

The stand will also feature a giant plasma screen giving details of the exciting competitions which will be running in The Journal through April and May.

Visitors can also put themselves in with a chance of winning £500 by completing a special exit survey as they leave.

The exciting family event, featuring 78 exhibitors, takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is 10 minutes away from Central Station and the Tyne and Wear Metro.

By car or coach, the arena is only three minutes from the A1 North-South route. Take the A184 signposted City Centre, then follow the A189 over the Redheugh Bridge. When in the vicinity of the Arena, follow the signs to the appropriate car parks.

Public Transport

Take local bus services or the Metro to Central Station and the Arena is approximately five minutes' walk away. All public travel information is available from the Nexus website or Traveline on 0870 608-2608.

Arena Car Parking

There are more than 600 parking spaces available on site that are security patrolled. Alternatively, there are thousands of additional spaces located within five minutes' walk of the Arena in Newcastle city centre.

Orange badge holders can park at the Arena free of charge at the designated car park, close to the entrance of the building.

Dropping Off & Picking Up

Dropping off can be made along Railway Street. You are advised to collect people from an area away from the Arena as it is likely that you will become involved in heavy traffic.

Taxis

Taxis can pick up on Railway Street/Arena Way before and after events. There is also a taxi rank at Central Station.

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