Friday, 31 August 2018

The Great Brick Adventure {Harrogate}

It's hard to remember a time when Lego wasn't part of my everyday life; 
I've long forgotten what it feels like to walk around the house barefoot without the fear of stepping on a stray piece at the back of my mind. All the boys in this house are obsessed with Lego. 
As soon as he could talk, it was all TJ wanted to play with and little E is the same. I complain often about the stuff being literally everywhere, but in truth I think it's an amazing toy. I might not have noticed my sons keen eye for symmetry or his wildly creative streak so young had it not been around. We've have more long conversations while building on his brick covered bedroom floor probably more than anywhere else. It seems to draw out childrens focus and creativity more than any other toy I've seen and at the same time it appeals to everyone. 
We've been to Lego events before but there has been serious excitement in the air since we were invited to come to The Great Brick Adventure - which is is on from today until Sunday at the Harrogate International Centre. 

The Great Brick Adventure event is centred on the amazing creations of a company called Bright Bricks who build incredible sculptures entirely out of Lego. 
Bright Bricks have been touring the country but this is their first visit to Harrogate. 
When we got there - literally as early as we could as the boys were up from 6am - I wasn't sure what it would be like. I knew there would be models and I worried we'd spend the day trying to stop the kids from knocking over something that had taken 782049 hours to create in an avalanche of Lego! Thankfully, there was so much that was hands on and other things to do they were happy to stay behind the roped off exhibits (well little E had a few tempting moments...). I wont's spoil it too much for you but to give you an idea...
The first room has all the safari exhibits, many look to scale including Kangaroos, Lions, Zebras and a massive Elephant. There are Lego and Duplo pits dotted about with lots of hands on sculptures like a space ship and cars that they can actually sit in, which they absolutely loved.
There's a Warrior Bot arena where you can watch and take part in Lego robot battles, it was really fun to watch and the models are so clever. After having a go with one himself I think TJ would have stayed there all day...!

There are some great little stalls selling all kinds of Lego related things as well as sets and mini-figures for any collectors; The jewellery and clocks are handmade from online store Geeky Cool

Downstairs was my favourite room as it was filled with the most intricate models of mythical creatures. It's quite dark in their but all the models are lit up which looks so effective, again there are giant Lego building pits there too. 

It's a fantastic day out for anyone who loves Lego but to be honest I'd say pretty great even if you don't!
The sculptures are really amazing and I'm not sure where you'd get the chance to see anything similar ( maybe unless you went to Lego land of course!) 
We had a great day; It really is worth a visit before the little ones head off back into school next week. For us it was a brilliant day to end the summer holidays!

The Great brick Adventure is on until Sunday 3rd of September at the Harrogate International Centre

NB Collaborative post with Harrogate International Centre who kindly gifted us a family ticket however all opinions are entirely our own


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