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Ideal Home Show Xmas: the celebs & talent you don’t want to miss

November 16, 2022

Heading to the Ideal Home Show Christmas 2022 at Olympia London? Plan your visit so that you don’t miss your favourite celebrities and experts live on stage with this guide to who’s on and when…

The Ideal Home Show Christmas, in partnership with Next, returns to Olympia London from 23-27 November 2022. There’s so much to do at the award-winning event, whether you simply plan to shop for presents, take part in a DIY decorations workshop, get up to speed on the hottest Christmas decor trends at the Good Homes roomsets, or simply hang out at the Champagne Bar.

For top tips on everything from Christmas dinner to cutting costs and organising your party wardrobe, seek out the talks and demos from the Show’s celebrities and experts. Here, Good Homes picks out some of the most unmissable appearances…

Please note that it is occasionally necessary to make alterations to the timetable. Please double-check the times on the theatre boards on arrival at the Show. 

Rosemary Shrager

TV favourite Rosemary Shrager has appeared on programmes including This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Rosemary Shrager’s School for Cooks and the unforgettable Ladette to Lady. She has worked with the likes of Pierre Koffman and Jean-Christophe Novelli, and has been head chef at Moyns Park. She also opened Rosemary Shrager Cookery School in 2013 and Shrager’s Patisserie in 2014. So who better to share expert tips and tricks to help you cook the perfect Christmas dinner?

Where & when?

Rosemary will be cooking up her favourite festive delights on the Christmas Kitchen stage on 23 & 26 November. View the full timetable here.

Gregg Wallace

Broadcaster, entrepreneur, media personality, writer and former greengrocer, Gregg Wallace has his finger in many pies! The celebrity chef, perhaps best known for co-presenting the BBC’s MasterChef, loves getting into the Christmas spirit at Ideal Home Show. This year, for the first time, visitors can enjoy the Gregg Wallace Christmas carvery, a traditional two-course lunch chosen by Gregg and a team of professional chefs, served in beautiful, festive surroundings.

Where & when?

The Gregg Wallace Christmas Carvery, available for Ideal Home Show Christmas ticket holders only, is served every day at the Show at 11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Sittings must be pre-booked online.

Gregg Wallace at Ideal Home Show Spring

Gregg Wallace at Ideal Home Show. Photo: Media10

Matt Tebbutt

A passion for good food and cooking developed early for Matt Tebbutt, but the decision to be a chef didn’t come until later in life. He studied Geography at Oxford Brookes University and notions of becoming a pilot led him to join the university air squadron. But instead of signing up with the RAF, he headed for Leith’s School of Food and Wine. He completed a traineeship with Marco Pierre White, then moved to the kitchens of Chez Bruce, followed by a stint at Clarke’s. Together with his wife Lisa, he transformed the former Fox Hunter pub at Nantyderry into an acclaimed restaurant, winning AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales in 2004.

Where & when?

Matt will be sharing his favourite festive recipes on the Christmas Kitchen stage at 2pm, 3.40pm and 5.20pm on 26 November. View the full timetable here.

David Domoney

Chartered horticulturalist and TV presenter David Domoney is resident garden expert on ITV’s This Morning and Love your Weekend, and co-presents ITV’s Love Your Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh. David is a strong believer in the power of nature and plants to boost mental and physical wellbeing, as outlined in his bestselling book, My Houseplant Changed My Life (DK books). He also works with several charities including Green Fingers, which creates gardens in children’s hospices around the UK.

Where & when?

Join David at the Christmas Theatre at 11.30am and 1.30pm on 23 November to discover which plants he believes make Christmas magical. View the full timetable here.

David Domoney at Ideal Home Show

David Domoney at Ideal Home Show. Photo: Media10

Molly Robbins

Molly Robbins started making cakes when she was at university as a hobby. She was working as make-up artist for the BBC when she caught the eye of the Extreme Cake Makers team with her weird and wonderful creations that often resemble savoury food or everyday items like furniture. But her crowning jewel was probably her life-sized baby elephant cake. Molly won Gold at Cake International for her exceptionally detailed cake of an orangutan eating a banana while riding tortoise back. She now has a cake shop in her hometown of Rawtenstall, East Lancashire.

Where & when?

Molly will be demonstrating her extreme cake-making skills in the Christmas Kitchen at 2.50pm & 4.30pm on 27 November. View the full timetable here.

Molly Robbins at The Cake & Bake Show

Molly Robbins. Photo: Media10

Kate Hardcastle

Kate Hardcastle MBE, AKA The Customer Whisperer, is the UK’s ‘go-to’ consumer insight expert for national TV and media and is a font of information about coping with the cost-of-living crisis. She has successfully turned around ailing retail brands and shopping centres, created powerful consumer brands and consults on business redevelopment, restructure and takeovers. As well as presenting leading consumer shows, she has lent her expertise to Rip Off Britain, What Britain Bought, Battlefront and Inside Out, as well as being the consumer champion for ITV’s consumer show, Eat Shop Save.

Where & when?

Catch Kate on the Christmas Theatre stage at 12.30pm & 4.15pm on 25 November for tips on how to save money this Christmas. View the full timetable here.

The Style Sisters

The Style Sisters specialise in decluttering, organising and re-styling homes and wardrobes. With over 15 years’ experience in the fashion and interiors industries, Gemma and Charlotte have a passion for styling. The duo can transform your living space into a beautiful, well-organised space, and their wardrobe detox will help you whittle down your clothing collection to the styles that work for you, so you can get ready in a flash. They truly believe that a tidy, stylish and organised space can free your mind and transform your life.

Where & when?

The Style Sisters will be helping you make space and get organised for Christmas on the Christmas Theatre stage at 10.30am and 2.30pm on 24 November. View the full timetable here.

The Skinny Jean Gardener

Lee Connelly, AKA The Skinny Jean Gardener, is known for his work as the Blue Peter Gardener, social media host for The RHS, award-winning podcaster, and presenter on Amazon Prime gardening show The Circus. He’s also toured the UK with his Biggest Gardening Entertainment Show, supported by some of the UK’s biggest brands, and wrote the game-changing book for parents, How to get Kids Gardening.

Where & when?

The Skinny Jean Gardener will be giving a variety of talks on the Christmas Theatre stage 26 November. Catch How to grow your Christmas Dinner at 10.30am, Gardening with the Family at Christmas at 11.30am, and A Christmas Tree is not just for Christmas at 3.30pm. View the full timetable here.

Billy and Jack

Billy and Jack met on the BBC’s MasterChef in 2016. They didn’t win, but they became great friends and decided to keep on cooking together. Billy and Jack host an exclusive monthly Dinner Club at Mimo in Borough Market, develop recipes and appear at food festivals around the country. The boys believe food should always be good; whether it’s a sandwich at your desk or a six-course tasting menu. They also use sustainable, seasonal ingredients that don’t cause unnecessary suffering to animals, and encourage their followers to do the same.

Where & when?

Billy and Jack discuss and demonstrate their favourite festive dishes in the Christmas Kitchen on 27 November at 11.30am & 1.10pm. View the full timetable here.

Billy & Jack at Ideal Home Show Christmas

Billy & Jack at Ideal Home Show Christmas. Photo: Media10

Lynne Lambourne

Lynne’s Lambourne’s biggest passion is sustainability within the home and garden. Her work has been featured on Channel 4, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Gok Wan’s Fill Your House for Free. Her Warriors on Waste movement aims to teach and inspire the next generation of mini upcyclers how fun and important it is to turn trash into treasure. Lynne openly confesses to ‘skip diving’ if she sees something that catches her eye, and won the 2019 Grand Designs Live Interior Designer of the Year award for her innovative sustainability themed room.

Where & when?

Lynne is demonstrating how to create unique gifts on the Christmas Theatre stage at various times on 23, 25 & 27 November. View the full timetable here.


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