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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.

National Museum of Scotland Model Built from LEGOⓇ Bricks unveiled in Museum’s 150th Year

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

A 3.5-metre model of the National Museum of Scotland built from LEGOⓇ bricks has been unveiled in the 150th anniversary year of the iconic Victorian building.

Created by the renowned ‘artist in LEGOⓇ bricks’, Warren Elsmore and his team, the model comprises around 90,000 bricks and took 350 hours to build. 

The model Museum is built to ‘minifigure scale’, so that a LEGOⓇ figurine looks correct inside it. It features a cross-section of the building showcasing the attraction’s famous Grand Gallery and iconic museum objects including a Formula One car and a statue of James Watt.

Every brick used to create the model is a standard LEGOⓇ brick, however it includes a number of rare and unusual bricks, with parts sourced from all over Europe.

Visitors to the Museum were able to watch the model being built as part of Build It! Adventures with LEGOⓇ Bricks, a series of events and activities which took place at the Museum from January to April.

Pic caption: Creator Warren Elsmore  examines the finished model.

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The National Museum of Scotland is coming south of the border

3 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.

LEGO Boost

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 Westminster

3 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 show

3 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 event

2 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.

Robot Wars

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.

Fairy Bricks Mosaic teaser 2017

Help us build the Fairy Bricks mosaic

2 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 show

19 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 Norway

15 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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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.

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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.

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The Great Western Brick Show is held inside STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, just next to the Swindon Designer Outlet Centre.

The museum is easily accessible by car and public transport.

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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.
    Mr James
  • Our friends recommended we visit the show and it was every bit as good as they described.
    Mrs Stone
  • Your exhibition is amazing and I enjoy taking my kids to it every year!
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