Top celebrities lined up for etc Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show

Celebrities Anna Ryder Richardson, Linda Lusardi, and a team from Gardeners’ Question Time will appear at this year’s etc Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show in Brighton.

Anna Ryder Richardson Pictures by Chris O'Donovan
Anna Ryder Richardson Pictures by Chris O'Donovan

The event, in association with etc Magazine – a complimentary lifestyle magazine in Sussex and Hampshire - is taking place at the Brighton Centre on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.

During the last three years the etc show has seen the likes of Tommy Walsh and Charlie Dimmock, plus chefs Lesley Waters and Jean-Christophe Novelli, grace the stage.

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Yet, this year, the celebrities appearing on the stage and ready to share with visitors their top tips are from slightly different backgrounds.

Linda Lusardi

Most recently confirmed is Linda Lusardi, who shot to fame in the ‘80s as one of Britain’s best-loved models before becoming an actress, starring in both The Bill and Emmerdale and also playing alongside husband Sam Kane in Brookside.

Other TV credits include her appearance in ITV’s Dancing on Ice, where she broke her foot in training but still managed to compete until week seven.

She also surprised the British public in The Games for Channel 4. Not only was she 15 years older than her competitors, but she was the only one with two children.

Now Linda has expanded her repertoire to include her Lusardi My Miracle beauty range, which is sold on Ideal World and includes serum, anti-wrinkle day cream, night cream and cleanser.

Alongside Linda will be a knowledgeable board from Gardeners’ Question Time.

The longest running gardening programme in the UK, it is the only one given a BAFTA by the horticultural media, with programme organiser Phil Darmody describing it as offering ‘quality, education, and entertainment all in one hour’.

On hand to answer questions during the day will be Barry Gayton, from Desert Garden World, and Paul Williams, a member of the Garden Writers Guild.

Also at the event will be interior design queen, Anna Ryder Richardson.

Anna is best known as one of the designers on BBC’s Changing Rooms and for a stint in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Now running a zoo, as well as keeping her hand in with interior design, the exuberant designer will be sharing her top interior tips, look at upcoming trends and answer questions.

Alex Jenkins, editor of etc Magazine, said of the event: “I am really excited about this year’s event.

“With the sun shining this is the time to start thinking about how to make the most of your home and garden.

“Each year thousands of people attend the show and with it boasting a great mix of interiors, delicious food and much more, it looks set to be a huge success.”

New to the show this year will be four demonstration stages rather than one main stage.

Plus the woman’s zone has been extended and there will be a garden zone, situated on the ground floor.

The popular food hall has been moved to the first floor and will be alongside the lifestyle and technology area.

Tickets for the event cost £8 for adults, £6 for students and OAPs, with children under 16 entering for free.

Tickets for group bookings of ten or more people cost £7 each, while the disabled with carer costs £6 (carers goes free in production of a carers permit).

New this year is an afternoon ticket, which costs £3 and is valid from 2pm.

To book tickets, call 01243 534125. For more information, you can visit