Spatex 2018


Spatex 2018

07 Feb 2018 Coventry Building Society Arena

Home-based swimming is making a splash across the UK – and the latest innovations are landing right on Coventry and Warwickshire’s doorstep for the general public.

One-piece pools, exercise spas with counter water currents and massaging hot tubs along with hundreds of other gadgets will be on show at SPATEX 2018 – the UK’s leading wet leisure show – which is at the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Exhibition Hall between Tuesday, January 30 and Thursday, February 1.

According to The Swimming Pool And Allied Trade Association, the UK’s residential swimming pool market which covers anything from hot tubs to outdoor and indoor swimming pools, is worth £500 million a year.

Michelle Bridle, event organiser of SPATEX 2018, said: “The demand for home swimming products has been on the rise for several years as Brits opt for staycations with their families, and see swimming pools, hot tubs and spas as a long-term investment.

“This demand has been backed by the fact that we have had a record number of visitors at the show for the last two years running.

“One-piece swimming pools are making it easier and quicker to install. Most residential swimming pools are liner or concrete and tiled, but one-piece swimming pools are made from a variety of materials and literally arrive in one piece like a giant bath tub.

“Swim spas, otherwise known as exercise spas, are proving popular as they are great if space is limited and provide an alternative way for Brits to work out. These offer a counter water current, enabling the user to swim or jog against the current to get their blood pumping.

“Hot tubs are remaining popular as ever as more people become aware of their health benefits. As well as providing a relaxing sensation, they have been proven to cure insomnia, relieve arthritic and rheumatic pain, and lower blood pressure.

“It’s not often that a selection of the world’s leading wet leisure gadgets are on display all under one roof, so for any families planning a staycation with a difference this summer, then this is a great place to gather some inspiration from.”

Visitors are able to turn up to SPATEX 2018 at the Ricoh Arena on the day, free of charge.

Nick Eastwood, chief executive of Wasps, added: “This is a show we have seen go from strength-to-strength in recent years, which shows what strong appetite there is amongst UK households for quirky leisure products.

“This is a show that springs a surprise every year with the latest trends and gadgets, and would encourage as many people as possible to pay a visit.”

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