Lego show draw for young and old
A LEGO extravaganza is set to entertain fans during a weekend of weird and wonderful displays going on show at Swindon’s STEAM museum.
The Great Western Lego Show is the biggest of its kind in England. The event attracts people of all ages, who travel from around Britain to see the hundreds of models made by fans.
All of the displays at the two-day event are built by Brickish Association members, who aim to cater for a range of interests and ages.
Last year saw models of railway layouts, buildings, space crafts, cars, trucks and aircrafts – with one design measuring nine metres in length – showcased at the festival.
“Children absolutely love it,” said Martin Long, the event co-ordinator.
“They get to see what people can do with the Lego bricks that they have in their own homes. They recognise what we have built and that it’s all come from building with ordinary Lego bricks. It’s really inspirational for them to see what can be achieved.
“Equally mums and dads come along and reminisce about their childhood bricks.
“Lego has a long history but its design has hardly changed; I still build with the same bricks from when I was a child.”
As well as impressive Lego displays, there will also be an interactive building where people can help create an all-new giant mosaic from 100,000 bricks.
And children can learn from a host of building workshops presented by experts on the latest Lego news and techniques which will run throughout the weekend.
“There will be activities on offer for children and adults,” said Mr Long.
“Normally by the end of the day it’s the children dragging the adults away rather than the other way round.”
He said the Brickish Association has a lot of Star Wars and Thunder Birds fans so it is likely a few models will include these characters.
“Each year we build a whole new set of models so everyone will see something new,” added Mr Long, who plans to build a section of a railway display.
“This is our biggest event and we are very excited about it.”
The festival is from October 5 to 6. Tickets cost £10 for adults, children (under 16 and concessions) pay £8.50. Family tickets are available.Visit www.great westernlegoshow.com.
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