May 13 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.

2018 LEGO events in Northern England

Looking for LEGO events in the north of England? This section covers LEGO shows in Yorkshire, the North East and North West of England.

Event name (Organiser) Date Venue Description Cost
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.
Bricktastic
(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 bricktastic.org once event is announced.
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 Northern England 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
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.

LEGO events and activities in the UK for 2018

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