The building blocks are in place for one of the biggest weekends of the year at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway.
The Great Western Brick Show returns to the Swindon Borough Council-owned museum on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 October with a whole host of models and inventions set to thrill thousands of LEGO® fans.
This year’s event, set alongside the iconic GWR locomotives and historic exhibits,takes place just a few weeks after LEGO® urged youngsters to “rebuild the world” in the tagline of its first global brand campaign for 30 years.
Show partners, the Brickish Association, have worked tirelessly in their spare time throughout the year to create large-scale models and themed landscapes using thewell-loved toy bricks.
Martin Long, co-organiser of the show on behalf of the Brickish Association, said: “Our show at STEAM attracts visitors from all over, and also beyond, the UK. Our aim is always to inspire children and adult LEGO® fans to get involved and build their own models at home.
“We certainly believe in the power of imagination. Our model creators have stretched their minds and their skills to achieve amazing results that are sure to offer plenty of inspiration to visitors.
“All of our unique displays are built by Brickish members and many are on public display for the first time. Brick to the Past have created a large scale model to mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre and this impressive model makes its debut at the show.
“As regular show visitors are aware, we do keep most of the model details under wraps to maintain the wow factor of the show and we do love to surprise our visitors!”
The weekend will also include dramatic LEGO® Robot Battles, a giant LEGO® mosaic that visitors can help build over the weekend, plus a LEGO® shop and market place.
Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for STEAM, said: “I can’t wait for the Great Western Brick Show because it is one of the highlights of the year at STEAM, and a great family day out.
“Some of the displays on show are simply breathtaking, and you have to wonder about the fantastic imagination and patience needed by Martin and his fellow Brickish members to make their creations. There is something for everyone, and I know a few surprises are always kept up their sleeves.
“If you’ve never experienced the Brick Show before it is definitely worth a visit. It is an opportunity to build some great memories and, if you’re of a certain age, a chance to take a trip down memory lane.”
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 open between 10am and 5pm on both days.
Tickets are priced at £11 for children (3-15 yrs); £10 for seniors; £11 for students and £13.10 for adults.
Family tickets are available – please see STEAM website for more details. Under threes go free. STEAM Season Ticket holders receive a 10 per cent discount on tickets.
For more information please visit the STEAM website or the official Great Western Brick Show website at www.greatwesternbrickshow.com