January 23 2017

North East LEGO events 2017

Tyne Bridge in LEGO

Once upon a time, there wasn’t much in the way of LEGO shows and exhibitions in the North East of England. As LEGO’s popularity increases alongside more awareness of other adult LEGO fans, though, the North East seems to be home to many LEGO events throughout the year.

As ever, check with the individual venues before traveling, because details can change!

LEGO exhibitions in the North East

As well as weekend LEGO shows, the North East is the temporary home to some traveling LEGO exhibitions in 2017, too:

  • LEGO Landmarks – Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne – 14th January 2017 – 14th May 2017. LEGO landmarks in Steve Mayes’ architectural style, featuring the Angel of the North, St James’ Park and more.
  • The Big, Big Block Build – Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne – Sunday, 12th February 2017. LEGO family activity – build a re-imagined Newcastle in LEGO bricks (pre-booking only). This is a commissioned LEGO event
  • Brick Dinos – Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, Northumberland – 4th February 2017 – 4th June 2017. Warren Elsmore’s traveling LEGO show features dinosaurs this year. Features a “build your own” activity too.

The North East’s biggest LEGO show… and others!

My highlight for 2017’s North East LEGO offerings will be Brick Alley LEGO User Group’s show at Shildon National Railway Museum (“Locomotion”) in November – organised by my primary LEGO user group, last year’s show attracted a knock-out crowd, and we’re working to bring it back in 2017 with more LEGO displays, activities and traders (and more parking space closer to the venue, too!). But there are other, smaller LEGO shows that are worth a look if you’re after brick-themed day out:

  • Brick Alley @ Shildon NRM – 11th – 12th November 2017 – the “North East’s biggest LEGO show” is held at the National Railway Museum Shildon (Locomotion). In its second year, expect new displays, more activities and lots and lots of LEGO. Organised by my own LEGO User Group, this is, as far as we know, the largest LEGO show in North East England by display space available, and we aim to bring you more LEGO and better parking arrangements this year!
  • Mowbray Bricks – 18th – 19th June 2017. Not quite in the North East of England – depending on how you qualify it – but isn’t too far, being in deepest North Yorkshire on the outskirts of the village of Bedale. This is run by Brickshire, the Yorkshire LEGO User Group, and funds raised from the small entry cost are donated to Mowbray School.

There’s also less North East focused list of LEGO events in the UK here, in case you fancy travelling further afield for a LEGO fix!

Image: LEGO Tyne Bridge model created for the Metrocentre LEGO store community showcase in 2016.