LEGO fans of all ages are in for a treat when the Great Western LEGO Show comes to STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway this weekend.
Billed as the largest display of models built by LEGO fans in the UK, the Great Western LEGO Show, on Saturday 2 October and Sunday 3 October, has a large number of displays and presentations.
Some of the displays include the Hogwarts Express and the latest Harry Potter characters, Xbox LEGO game themes, Star Wars and many surprise character models and layouts, most of which have been built exclusively for the Great Western LEGO Show.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for museums, said: “This show is now firmly in the calendar for LEGO enthusiasts and families who have a fascination for these well-loved bricks.
“It is one of STEAM’s most popular events of the year as it has something for everyone and is a weekend not to be missed.”
Organised by STEAM and UK-based LEGO fan club the Brickish Association, the show attracts visitors from all over the country.
Among the many stunning and super-sized models will be two enormous models of the World War II aircraft carriers USS Intrepid and USS Haggard.
Martin Long, President of the Brickish Association and co-organiser of the event with STEAM, said: “They are two of the world’s largest LEGO ship models and are quite amazing. The USS Intrepid itself is just under seven metres long, weighing 250kg and using around 250,000 LEGO bricks.
“We are very excited about this year’s show and as ever, we aim to inspire children and all LEGO fans to get creating themselves.”
There will be plenty of hands-on fun for children, including a giant Harry Potter mosaic and the LEGO Show team expect to have a webcam link to the mosaic so that visitors will be able to visit the website and see the mosaic as it is completed over the weekend.
Ed Diment, a member of the Brickish Association and exhibitor at the Show, talks about building USS Intrepid: "After building a scale model of HMS Hood for the 2008 Great Western LEGO Show, the only way was up – to build bigger!”
The weekend show also includes the LEGO Store – one of the biggest LEGO shops in the country.
Tickets for the LEGO Show are available on the day and cost £5.50 for children and concessions; £8 for adults and family tickets are £24 (2 adults & 2 children) or £27 (2 adults & 3 children). Under threes go free. SwindonCard discounts are available.
To find out more about the models and displays planned for this year’s Great Western LEGO Show, see the new website at www.greatwesternlegoshow.com
More details about STEAM and the LEGO Show can be had by visiting the STEAM website at: www.swindon.gov.uk/steam
STEAM is owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.