BrickLive – An epic day out for Lego fans of all ages

Wow, today we went to the BrickLive event at Excel in London. I loved Lego when I was growing up. And as soon as my son was old enough to start building and playing with Lego my enthusiasm for the bricks was rekindled.

As a Lego fan, I had high expectations of an event that’s all about Lego and was not disappointed.

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Building together

I loved the emphasis on active participation at the event, which continues in London till 30th July. The show then has further tour dates in 2017 in Belfast and Birmingham. There are several co-operative building tables, where you can build sections that will eventually create a huge build.

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Immersed in Lego

There are Lego pits, with more individual Lego pieces in one place – especially of a single colour – than I have ever seen before. Many of you will have experienced the nightmare of stepping on a Lego piece. Oh, the agony!

But children seem happy to walk, play and build in these pits. The word Lego derives from the Dutch words “play well”. And the kids were certainly doing that.

One of the highlights for me was to see the creations of community or fan builders, whose creativity and hard work have made for stunning displays.

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Toothy enjoyed playing the latest Lego games in the gaming zones. Trying out a Lego Mindstorm robot was another bonus. You can use coding software to programme the Lego built robots to follow instructions.

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Another fascinating aspect for him was reading the signposts telling us the number of pieces and time spent building some of the elaborate exhibition displays.

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Are you planning to go to a BrickLive event? Here are my tips for making the most of your day:

BrickLive Tips

  • Take a bottle of water. It’s thirsty work, and as usual, at this kind of venues and events, the cafe is not cheap!
  • Wear comfy shoes. Although there is a fair amount of seating, you will spend a lot of time on your feet.
  • Arrive early so you can take your time, there’s a lot to see!
  • The fan builds are amazing, so make sure you see those.

Overall our impression was that this is a relaxed event. I would expect it could get busier over weekends though.

Have you been to any of the BrickLive or other Lego events? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations or other events fans who enjoyed this might like? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Angela Stapleford

Angela is the kind of parent who wants to discuss the latest hero movie or middle-grade book series on the school run. She grew up on the Lord of the Rings books and has a background in education & publishing. She believes all children & young people can enjoy wonderful story-telling and loves sharing ideas with others.

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