December 4 2017

AFOL and LEGO events in the UK in 2018

Shildon LEGO show team photo - 2016 LEGO event

It’s that time again! Here is my list of LEGO and AFOL events in the UK for 2018. Skip to events »

I’ve been doing this for a few years now (see 2017’s list, and 2016’s), and the list has become a little overwhelming as LEGO has burgeoned in popularity, so I have reorganised how LEGO events are categorised:

  1. LEGO shows are displays open to the public which are held over one or more days. The size and format of these shows is very varied, but you can typically expect a mix of custom-built LEGO displays, and LEGO-related trade stores. They can be organised by LEGO User Groups, individuals, charities, or event companies. LEGO shows also include LEGO displays as part of larger events (e.g., comic cons, other model displays). Some may be free to enter, whilst other LEGO shows may charge an entry fee.
  2. LEGO exhibitions cover longer-term exhibitions of LEGO models, typically in museums or other venues.
  3. Other LEGO events is for everything else, such as family fun days, activity days which involve LEGO.

Within each of those sections, events are ordered by date throughout 2018, from January to December, within their regions – South of England, North of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales. I’ve also highlighted events I’m attending (labelled), and I’ve made an effort to highlight larger shows across the UK with a yellow border to help them stand out against the majority of smaller LEGO shows and events.

Many LEGO User Groups also meet on a regular basis across the UK – I haven’t included those meetings here to cut down on the time it takes to maintain this list, but you can find a list of UK LEGO User Groups here. There are also a few after school LEGO clubs I’m aware of: these too are omitted, partly to cut my workload down, but also because they don’t tend to be open to the public.

As ever, if you’re running a LEGO event in the UK in 2018, please get in touch with me and I’ll get your event added.

LEGO shows and exhibitions in the UK for 2018

Event name (Organiser) Date Venue Description Cost
Calder Valley Community LEGO Show
(Bricks 4 Kidz)
Sunday 4th February 2018 Calder Valley, Yorkshire Small LEGO display and traders.. Small entry fee charged, in aid of charity.
LEGO Show at Head of Steam Museum
(Head of Steam Museum)
Sunday 18th February 2018 Head of Steam Museum, Darlington LEGO displays and activities. Museum standard entry fee applies.
Sheffield Block Con
(Stackable Events)
Sunday 25th February 2018 TBC, Sheffield LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee applies. Cheaper tickets available online before date of show.
North Notts Brick Show
(Northern Brickworks)
Saturday, 17th March 2018 Worksop, Nottinghamshire LEGO displays and traders at this show in its second year, organised by LEGO Masters winner Nate Dias. Entry fee applies. In aid of Fairy Bricks charity.
Cobblers Bricks
(Brick Central LUG)
Saturday, 24th March 2018 Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Centre For Learning Wooldale Road, Northampton, NN4 6TP LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee applies.
Wares The Bricks
(Brick Central LUG)
Saturday, 14th April 2018 Fletchers Lea, Ware Priory, High Street, Ware, Herefordshire, SG12 9AL LEGO displays and traders. “In aid of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance”. Entry fee applies.
Tanfield LEGO Show
(Brick Alley & Northern Brickworks)
Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th April 2018 Tanfield Railway, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Small LEGO display and traders in the carriage shed at this heritage railway site. Small entry fee charged, in aid of the railway preservation charity and Northern Brickworks.
The Yorkshire Brick Show
(Stackable Events)
Sunday 6th May – Monday 7th May 2018 Unity Works, Wakefield, West Yorkshire LEGO displays and traders at this established LEGO show in Yorkshire. 5th year anniversary show. Small entry fee charged.
Edin Brick
(Tartan LUG)
Saturday 26th May 2018 The Potterrow Dome, Edinburgh University Students Association, 5/2 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL, UK LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged.
Mowbray Bricks
(Brickshire LEGO User Group)
June 2018; TBC Mowbray School, Bedale LEGO displays and traders at this established LEGO show in North Yorkshire. Small entry fee charged, in aid of the school.
(Fairy Bricks)
July 2018; TBC Manchester Large LEGO show with play pits, activities and traders. Entry fee charged, in aid of Fairy Bricks. Cheaper advance tickets available at once event is announced.
Liberty Bricks
(AFOL Dastley)
Saturday 14th July – Sunday 15th July 2018 West Midlands Showground, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2PF Small two day show for LEGO fans of all ages; LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged.
Shildon LEGO Show
(Brick Alley LEGO User Group)
November 2018; TBC National Railway Museum Shildon (Locomotion), County Durham North East England’s largest LEGO show with play areas, activities and traders. Free entry, and free parking.

Longer-term LEGO exhibitions and displays in the UK for 2018

Here are LEGO exhibitions in the North East and North West of England, and Yorkshire. These exhibitions tend to be displayed for 3 – 6 months, so you’ve got plenty of opportunity to view them in between LEGO shows! You can generally expect to pay an entry fee to view these.

Event name (Organiser) Date Venue Description Cost
Bricklive: the ultimate Interactive LEGO Adventure
(Brick Live)
25 November 2017 – 7 January 2018 Saatchi Gallery, London (near Sloane Square tube station) LEGO displays split across 4 zones: Christmas, Creative, Minecraft and Star Wars. Entry fee charged.
Head of Steam Museum
(Brick Alley LEGO User Group)
TBC Head of Steam Museum, Darlington, County Durham LEGO displays and narrative in the museum’s temporary exhibition space. Museum charges an entry fee.
‘Brick History’ by Warren Elsmore
(Preston Park Museum & Grounds)
Thursday 7 December 2017 – Sunday 4 February 2018 (10am – 4pm; please check with museum before traveling) Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH “Walk through history in LEGO® bricks. See beautifully-built models that take you on a whistle-stop tour of the last 13.8 billion years, from the Big Bang to the modern-day.” £5 per person / Under-5s Free (includes a day visit to the museum).

LEGO events and activities in the UK for 2018

Have an event to add for 2018? Get in touch.