It is the place for an ideal home

The clock is ticking on our inaugural Homemaker exhibition and excitement is mounting.

The clock is ticking on our inaugural Homemaker exhibition and excitement is mounting.

The event, organised by The Journal Homemaker team and sponsored by IKEA, promises to showcase the latest looks and ideas for every part of the house, with advice from personalities and even the odd celebrity.

Taking place at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, the inaugural event brings together the best property guide in the North-East and the region's best home, garden and lifestyle companies.

And visitors will have the chance to bend the ears of four people who represent the best in the business.

Designer Linda Barker from television's Changing Rooms, the City Gardener Matt James, celebrity chef Paul Rankin and interior designer George Bond will be on hand for a chat and to offer hints and tips. Among the scores of exhibitors are John Lewis, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and IKEA along with local companies including The Bathroom and Kitchen Studio, in Kingston Park, and Theresa Spinks, of Burnopfield, Newcastle.

Andrew Dixon, chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: "NewcastleGateshead, as well as being a culturally vibrant place to visit, is also a fantastic place to live and work.

"The twin cities of Newcastle and Gateshead are growing together into a dynamic community that is increasingly in demand for people to relocate.

"NewcastleGateshead is a place to make your ideal home. We are passionate about NewcastleGateshead and we know that if you decide to make your home here, you will be too."

Rachel Young runs family business Theresa Spinks, named after her late mother with her father Bill and sister Berena Smith. The company offers bespoke staircases.

"It's our first exhibition with me at the helm. My parents used to do them years ago. I'm excited and nervous. I'm hoping we can show all the different timbers and designs we do and raise the profile of the company."

The 78 exhibitors at the show include Dickinson Dees solicitors, Bellway Homes and Henderson Fencing, of Hexham, Northumberland, and Newcastle's Warm Zones Ltd.

* Visit the Homemaker stand - stand 46 - on the day for a shopping bag and glossy brochure containing a full listing of exhibitors.

This is how to find us

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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