The Great Western Brick Show showcases amazing models built by LEGO® fans in the UK!
Every year, members of the Brickish Association bring their stunning creations to Swindon and visitors from all over the UK come to be inspired.
The National Museum of Scotland is coming south of the border3 October 2017
Warren Elsmore’s model of the National Museum of Scotland is making a trip south of the border this weekend!
The model was built live in front of visitors during the museum’s 150th anniversary in 2016.
As well as the building itself the model includes exhibits inside, from dinosaurs to lighthouses, and a carefully selected variety of museum artifacts, all in minifigure-scale.
Have you met Vernie?3 October 2017
We don’t normally showcase LEGO sets at GWBS but LEGO Boost is a little different. It’s a set designed to get children building and coding from a younger age and we have to say, it’s enormous fun! It’s aimed at 7-12 year-olds but if you want to see how much fun anyone can have with it, pop along to see Kerry and Martin who will have all the models on display.
Vernie is a lovable robot that can turn police officer in an instant. Frankie is an adorable cyber-cat that loves fish bones and milk. MTR4 (or ‘Bully’ as we love to call him) is a manic bulldozer that loves to clean up. Guitar4000 is just genius – if you’ve never played a LEGO guitar before, you haven’t lived!
The serious business is the fun in coding though. It’s an essential life skill for every child today and LEGO Boost makes it the most fun. That’s our opinion anyway…you can decide for yourself!
The Palace of Westminster3 October 2017
Having displayed his impressive ‘Manchester Brickadilly’ railway station at the show in 2016 and 2015, Jamie Douglas is bringing something completely different for 2017 – a large model of the Palace of Westminster!
Containing over 50,000 pieces, and having taken over 230 hours to build, the model is built to the same scale as the ‘Big Ben’ set which LEGO released last year.
The model recreates the famous London landmark in our favourite bricks, with every aspect of the building faithfully recreated in miniature-scale. The amount of detail included is quite staggering, and is sure to impress everyone, whether young or old.
Don’t miss this huge space base at the show3 October 2017
This massive space base will be making an appearance at the show this year.
Seven UK space builders– Jason Briscoe, Gary Davis, Tim Goddard, Drew Hamilton, Alec Hole, Rhys Knight, Peter Reid — worked for five months on the base which features a surface section with rocky landscape, control tower and landing pads.
There’s also an extensive underground area with generators, hangar bays and control rooms, all dramatically lit.
Meet superstar builder Peter Reid and see his new robot factory at the event2 October 2017
Superstar celebrity builder Peter Reid of LEGO Ideas Exo-Suit fame will be displaying his most recent robot factory at the event…the Keko factory.
It is a fully operational, motorised robot factory, featuring a production line, robot arms and a built in screen showing an event exclusive animation by the legendary Chris Salt.
LEGO Robot Wars returns!2 October 2017
Returning to STEAM for a second year is the incredibly popular LEGO Robot Wars.
Following the runaway success of the first year, 2017 sees the return of the fighting robots – constructed entirely from LEGO, with no glue allowed! GWBS 2017 will see the return of popular robots from 2016, as well as brand new robots for this year. Our roboteers have been working hard to make them stronger, better and more destructive than last year, so stand well back!
Come and watch our intrepid roboteers go head-to-head with their creations in a series of thrilling battles. Only one can be crowned the LEGO Robot Wars champion!
LEGO Robot Wars will take place on the Station Platform in STEAM, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Viewing is available either on the platform or from the balcony above.
Help us build the Fairy Bricks mosaic2 October 2017
Fairy Bricks, the leading UK LEGO related charity, will be returning to the Great Western Brick Show with an all new mosaic design containing over 100,000 bricks! We can’t reveal the finished design but can give you a sneak preview of part of one of the instruction sheets.
The Fairy Bricks team will need your help to build this new masterpiece and there will be a spot prize for the person who builds the plate with only Lime Green brick, of which there’s just one in the entire design.
Opposite the mosaic building stations will be the famous Tombola where everyone taking part will win a LEGO prize. The money raised will be used to further the work of Fairy Bricks, including a donation of sets worth £2400 to The Great Western Hospital on the Monday after the show.
Impressive glass structures to debut at the show19 September 2017
Sonia Hudson will be exhibiting for the first time, having started to build her own creations 3 years ago.
The pieces on display concentrate on the representation of glass structures using LEGO including an aquarium and greenhouse.
She will also display see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys built in honour of the year of the monkey 2016.
The Hoonicorn, all the way from Norway15 September 2017
The Great Western Brick Show attracts exhibitors from all over the world, including Are from Norway who will be at the show for the fourth time. This year he’s bringing a new model:
“I’m bringing a model of The Hoonicorn to STEAM. What’s the Hoonicorn, you might say – so let me explain: It’s a rather heavily modified 1965 Ford Mustang that drifting icon Ken Block used in his “Gymkhana Seven” video, which has been viewed about 43 million times on YouTube. In total, the nine “Gymkhana” driving videos made by Block so far, have 387 million views on YouTube.
“Last summer, Block was in Bergen, Norway, where I live. I met him there and asked him to sign a LEGO piece for me, which he did – and then I set off building a LEGO version of his car. I choose to place it in a little vignette, because it needed to be presented in a proper setting (and I needed somewhere to place the signed LEGO piece), so my build is inspired by the booth where the car was on display at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The model also features custom lighting, and of course Minifig Ken, which I felt it needed to – not least because, after all, his last name is Block…”
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ABOUT THE SHOW
The Great Western Brick Show is held at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon on Saturday and Sunday 7-8 October 2017.
The event showcases the very latest and best models built by Brickish Association members fans around the UK.
Come along to see some amazing displays, help build a giant LEGO mosaic and visit the marketplace to pick up the very best deals around.
Tickets can be purchased in advance via our online ticketing partner, Swindon Tickets. Please note that a small booking fees apply for all online ticket purchases.
You can also purchase tickets on the day.
Don't take our word for it
Here's what some visitors have told us:
We had an amazing day. My children went home inspired to build some cool models of their own.
Our friends recommended we visit the show and it was every bit as good as they described.
Your exhibition is amazing and I enjoy taking my kids to it every year!