January 1 2016

AFOL and LEGO events in the UK in 2016

A simple LEGO track layout for a display in the UK

Last year I posted a list of LEGO events in the UK (2015) on my personal blog which was popular way beyond my expectations (clearly, there are a lot of LEGO fans in the UK!).

So, this year (well, several months in advance!), I’ve started compiling a new list of AFOL/LEGO events in the UK in 2016. This is really handy for LEGO fans of any age, but especially Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) whose memory is not quite a good as it used to be – I really struggle to remember dates for these, and don’t want to double-book if I can avoid it!

And for those of you interested, the photo above is from my exhibit at Bricktastic 2015 in Manchester.

Some of these events aren’t just LEGO (!), but feature other exhibits too. I’ve tried to mark these where possible. As always, always check with the organisers before traveling any distance, and details (dates/times/attractions/prices) are subject to change!

UK LEGO events, January – March 2016

This time of year is a quiet one for LEGO events.

Event Date Venue Organiser/LUG Information
London Model Engineering Show Friday 15th – Sunday 17th January 2016 Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY Meridienne Exhibitions LEGO displays amongst other exhibits.
IKEA: The Collection at Proud Archivist Wednesday 20th January – Sunday 23rd January The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET IKEA / Hope & Glory PR A selection of my own LEGO collection on display for this event to promote IKEA furniture.
Consett YMCA for Bright Red cancer charity Saturday 30th January 2016 YMCA, 5 The Derwent Centre, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5SD On behalf of Bright Red Small number of LEGO displays and activities in aid of charity. (Raised over £3000!)
Brighton Model World Friday 19th – Sunday 21st February 2016 The Brighton Centre Meridienne Exhibitions LEGO displays amongst other exhibits at this long-running event.
Brickish LEGO Fan Weekend at NSC Saturday 5th March – Sunday 6th March 2016 National Space Science Centre, Leicester Brickish Association LEGO displays – largely spaced themed, with LEGO stalls and other activities. Paid event. More information on Brickish Association’s website

UK LEGO events, April – June 2016

 

Event Date Venue Organiser/LUG Information
LEGO display at Head of Steam museum, Darlington Friday 4th March 2016 – Sunday 1st May 2016 Head of Steam Museum, North Road Station, Darlington, County Durham DL3 6ST Brick Alley LUG Room dedicated to LEGO displays from some of my LUG’s members, from trains to buildings and local landmarks. Free entry to museum.
Yorkshire Brick Show Sunday 1st May 2016 – Monday 2nd May 2016 National Coal Mining Museum, Overton, West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH Reasonably established annual LEGO show featuring MOCs and display sets
Granite City Brick Show, Aberdeen Saturday 8th May 2016 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Avenue, Bridge Of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8BL Large LEGO displays and events. See the Facebook event for Granite City Brick Show.
Mowbrary Bricks – Bedale LEGO Show Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th June 2016 Bedale, Yorkshire Brickshire Yorkshire LEGO User Group Reasonably established annual LEGO show featuring MOCs and display sets: plenty of LEGO trains on display!

UK LEGO events, July – September 2016

I think this late summer period is the busiest for LEGO exhibitions, etc, in the UK (for me, at least!).

Event Date Venue Organiser/LUG Information
Bricktastic Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd July 2016 Manchester, UK Fairy Bricks Large LEGO exhibition in central Manchester, in aid of Fairy Bricks, the charity which donates LEGO to sick children.
Stockton Brick Show Saturday 20th August – Sunday 21st August 2016 Stockton-on-Tees Mark Willis (Brickish member?) More information on Brickish as it is known
West Country Brick Show 30th July 2016 The Exeter Phoenix, UK West Country Brick Show LEGO displays and events. Also on Facebook here.
The Manchester Brick Show 2016 Saturday 3rd September 2016 (10:30 – 16:30) West Hill School, Thompson Cross, Stamford Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1LU West Country Brick Show LEGO models and displays, workshops and traders. Super hero meet and greets. See Facebook page.
Steam Gala at National Railway Museum Shildon (Locomotion) Saturday 17th September – Sunday 18th September 2016 “Locomotion”, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE National Railway Museum Shildon Mixed display (with non-LEGO and trading stalls); you can expect a LEGO train layout from yours truly and other members from Brick Alley LUG and hopefully some of the guys from Brickshire, too!

UK LEGO events October – December 2016

Event Date Venue Organiser/LUG Information
Brick Lincs Saturday 22nd October 2016 Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Wragby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4PN Charity fundraiser with LEGO displays. More information on their Facebook page
Brick Show 2016 Birmingham NEC 27th – 30th October 2016 NEC, Birmingham The “UK’s biggest LEGO show” returns, this time in Birmingham. A well-curated LEGO exhibition, high quality and min-blowing LEGO builds from across the world.
Brick Alley at National Railway Museum Shildon Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th November 2016 National Railway Museum, Shildon (Locomotion) The “North East’s biggest LEGO show”, held in County Durham at the brilliant National Railway Museum in Shildon. My local LUG, Brick Alley LEGO User Group, is running this one – expect some great builds, LEGO trains (well, it is a train museum), LEGO traders with a wide range of products, as well as some familiar North East landmarks in LEGO too. Free entry, free parking.