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About A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun is a famous, highly visible name in the UK - to the British public it simply means ‘overseas property‘.

It started life as a TV show first broadcast in 2000 and since then the programme and its presenters have become part of popular TV culture, opening up a world of overseas home ownership to the British public.

In 2005 A Place in the Sun Live was launched to give overseas estate agents, developers and professional service providers the opportunity to present their properties and services to British buyers face-to-face.

In 2018 due to demand in different parts of the UK, this major exhibition took place in Birmingham, London and Manchester – the three largest UK cities and home to over 13 million people.

About A Place in the Sun Live

In 2018 over three exhibitions, A Place in the Sun Live attracted 21,747 visitors – a qualified audience of people looking to buy their own place in the sun. To see what exhibitors thought of our shows, see ‘Testimonials.

The centre-piece of A Place in the Sun Live is the Hub where the stars of the TV show and industry experts give advice and insight on buying overseas property. We have dedicated country-specific areas – the French Village, Florida Pavilion, Portuguese Pavilion and Italian Pavilion – alongside the other exhibitors of which a significant amount are for Spain.

Whether you are an agent, developer, property lawyer, currency transfer business or other service provider, A Place in the Sun Live is the ideal environment to put your business in front of a motivated audience of property buyers.

If you want to reach British buyers, A Place in the Sun Live should be at the heart of your UK marketing strategy. With no other pure overseas property exhibition in the UK, these events present a unique opportunity to meet and talk to prospective buyers – a genuinely qualified audience.

The Market

UK buyers mean business. They buy homes overseas for a number of reasons – holidays, investment, retirement – and have consistently bought more overseas properties than other nationalities. Interest in new destinations is once again increasing, though the long-time favourites of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Florida remain popular choices for second home ownership.

Dates for 2019

Manchester Central

15–17 March 2019
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Olympia London

10–12 May 2019
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Nec Birmingham

September 2019
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Venue Map - A Place in the Sun

Recent Attendance

Birmingham 2018


London 2018


Manchester 2018


Glasgow 2017


Visitor Profile 2017

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96% of audience
aged 45-65+
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80% had never visited
APITS Live before
(new audience)
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76% are seriously
considering buying
a property abroad
and 23% are thinking
about it
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45% attended to get
help and advice
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5% attended to meet
the TV presenters
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49% of people have
started looking in
the last 6 months
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55% are looking to buy
within the next year
(and 29% 1-2 years)
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Top 5 countries people
are looking to buy-
Spain, France,
Portugal, Italy
and USA
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£190k average budget

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