Legions of LEGO® fans will be taken back to Roman times at this weekend’s Great Western Brick Show.
The event, which is organised by the Brickish Association and held at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, brings together stunning creations for a two-day LEGO® extravaganza on Saturday (3 Oct) and Sunday (4 Oct).
Although most of the newly-created giant models are kept under wraps until the exhibition itself, organisers have revealed ahead of this year’s show that one of the main attractions will have a historical theme.
Martin Long, President of the Brickish Association and co-organiser of the show, said: “One of the star displays will be a superbly detailed model built by the Bricks to the Past history fans.
“They have brought back to life a lost fort and its surrounding landscape, including farms, a Celtic village, barrows, graveyards, bath houses and a full working Roman fort. At over five metres long and two metres wide, this LEGO® creation is based on actual forts along Hadrian’s Wall and represents the rich history and architecture along Rome’s northern frontier.
“As ever, our aim is to inspire children and LEGO® fans of all ages to really stretch their imaginations and to get creating themselves.”
Children will be encouraged to get building with the many LEGO® play tables inside the museum and LEGO® fans of all ages are invited to take part in building a giant LEGO® mosaic over the weekend. The completed mosaic will then be displayed on the show’s official website at: www.greatwesternbrickshow.com
As well as expert modellers from the Brickish Association, there will be ‘speed building’ challenges for visitors on the station platform and two panel ‘chat shows’ with key builders from the show. These will run between 11am and 3pm on both days and full details will be in the show guide.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for STEAM, said: “This popular show always delivers the wow-factor for visitors with its supersized LEGO® displays and the incredible fine detail of the models. It’s a terrific day out for all the family and STEAM Season ticket holders can get a 10% discount on entry to the show.”
LEGO® bargains and rare finds will be on sale inside the ‘Marketplace’, located in STEAM’s Hawksworth Hall, including many independent LEGO® traders.
A competition will also be taking place over the weekend with the chance to win sought-after LEGO® prizes.
Energy levels can be topped up at both the Brick Café and STEAM’s Platform One Café with freshly made hot and cold refreshments.
Doors for the show open at 10am until 5pm on both days.
Tickets for the Brick Show are available on the day and cost £10 for children (3-15 years); £10 for seniors and £12 for adults. Family tickets cost £30 (1 adult, 2 children); £32 (2 adults, 1 child); £40 (2 adults, 2 children) and £45 (2 adults, 3 children). Under threes go free. STEAM Season Ticket holders receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased directly from the museum.
Advance tickets are available online at: www.swindontickets.co.uk (booking fee applies).