After a record-breaking summer, all eyes are on SPATEX 2019

Date: 21 Sep 2018

Spatex at Ricoh Arena

Following an unusually hot summer, home-based swimming has never been more popular in 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 music and tens of other gadgets will be on show at SPATEX 2019 – the UK’s only dedicated wet leisure show – which is at the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Exhibition Hall between Tuesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 31st.

According to The Swimming Pool And Allied Trade Association (SPATA), 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.

Michele Bridle, event organiser of SPATEX, said: “The demand for home swimming products has been on the rise for several years but this year’s hot summer has seen unprecedented interest and a surge in sales 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 had our record year for visitors at last year’s show, and we are expecting well in excess of 1400 visitors to Coventry this year.

“One-piece swimming pools are making it easier and quicker to install, as well as being cheaper to run. Most residential swimming pools are made using a concrete base which are then tiled, but one-piece swimming pools are prefabricated in ceramic to remove the need for this. All that is needed is a pre-prepared hole to which the pool is lowered in, this is then backfilled with soil and filled with water and hey presto – your pool is ready to swim in!

“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 maximise exercise.

“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 next summer, then this is a great place to gather some inspiration from.”

Spatex at Ricoh Arena 2018

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

Nick Eastwood, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, 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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