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If you’re thinking about building your own house or need some advice on a particular method or product, the National Self Build and Renovation Centre has everything you need under one roof.  It’s also a great way to see a Carpenter Oak frame up close and meet us in person!


What is the NSBRC

The NSBRC is packed to the rafters with exhibitors and displays on every facet of construction. There are technical experts on hand offering free, independent advice, educational walks to take you through every stage of your project and the Renovation House, which offers a full scale version of a typical fixer-upper and what you can expect.

The Centre also has experts on how to find a plot of land and financial planning for your build, plus there's a café where you can enjoy a break and browse through the number of brochures on offer.

Most importantly, there is also a permanent Carpenter Oak stand! Here, visitors can see a hand crafted green oak frame, as well as a wide range of photography and other information to help inspire and inform you about what we can offer and what's possible.

Who is it for

Anyone thinking about or about to start their own project, who is looking for inspiration, advice or more information about a particular product or building method.

It's also the best way to meet us and see a Carpenter Oak frame if you can't come to visit our Devon Show Home or Show Barn - or if one of our Open House events is too far out of your way. Come and see us on Stand 110.

You will leave the NSBRC feeling better informed about what lies ahead, confident in how you're going to go about it and inspired by exhibitors who offer a glimpse of what your finished home could look like.

How much does it cost

Parking and entry is free, as is the WiFi. It's also free when you book in advance to one of their events. There are some charges for the courses they run throughout the year.

When will Carpenter Oak be there?

As well as our permanent stand, we attend events at the NSBRC throughout the year where you can speak to us in person about your project and what we can offer you.

On top of the courses and workshops that run all year round, there are three main events each year:

The National Self Build & Renovation Show (Winter: January 2018)

The National Self Build & Renovation Show (Summer: 19-21 May 2017)

The Big Green Home Show (6-8 October 2017)

How can I book free tickets?

To book your free tickets in advance, visit the NSBRC's Event Diary. If you want to book an appointment to speak to us at an event, contact the Centre and they will book a slot for you.

Where is it and when is it open

Swindon. Just off junction 16 on the M4. Standard opening times are Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5.30pm

To find out more about the NSBRC and what's on offer, visit their website. We look forward to seeing you there! If you can't make it to Swindon, find out where you can meet us at other shows and events around the country.