January 1 2018

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. 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
Inverurie Library Brick Show 2018
(Tartan LUG)
Saturday 13th January 2018 Inverurie Library, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee applies.
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.
Braw Brick Show Cumbernauld
(Tartan LUG)
Saturday, 3rd March 2018 Cumbernauld, Scotland LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee applies.
Brickish Weekend
(Brickish LUG)
Saturday, 3rd March – Sunday 4th March 2018 National Space Centre, Leicester LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee applies.
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 TV show 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.
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens LEGO Event
(Brick Central LUG)
Saturday, 31st March 2018 Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, UK LEGO displays and activities in stunning grounds. Entry fee applies.
The Little Big LEGO® Brick Build Day
(Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens)
Tuesday, 10th April 2018 Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, UK 40,000 LEGO bricks with Kevin Hall. Entry fee applies; pre-booked tickets available via venue website.
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.
Scottish National Scale Model Show
(Tartan LUG / others)
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018 Dewars Centre, Perth, Scotland LEGO displays among other model displays. Entry fee charged.
The Yorkshire Brick Show
(Stackable Events)
Sunday 6th May – Monday 7th May 2018 Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, Horbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 8TY LEGO displays and traders at this established LEGO show in Yorkshire. 5th year anniversary show. Small entry fee charged.
Bricks ‘n’ Bits LEGO Show
(Brick Alley LUG)
Saturday 12th May 2018 Shildon, County Durham Small LEGO show with displays and traders. Small entry fee charged in aid of charity.
Cotswold Bricks N Bits
(Southern LEGO Train Club)
Saturday 12th May – Sunday 13th May 2018 GWSR Toddington Station, The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT Small LEGO show with displays and traders. 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.
The Brick Express
(Avon Valley Railway)
Saturday, 9th June – Sunday, 10th June 2018 Bitton Station Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD Jump onboard the Brick Express and try your hand at building as you travel on one of our steam trains. What will you be inspired to build? Admire the latest creations from Bristol’s master-builder Tom Poulsom (creator of the LEGO birds set). See his model of the Avon Valley Railway’s base at Bitton Station too! Adults: £10, Concessions £9, Children 5 – 14 £8, Children 3 – 4 £5, Children under 3 travel FREE. Recommended to buy tickets from the website in advance.
Awesome Bricks
(Warren Elsmore)
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th June 2018 National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, Scotland, EH39 5LF LEGO displays, collaborative big builds, brick play pits and more. Entry charge applies; National Museums Scotland members free.
Mowbray Bricks
(Brickshire LEGO User Group)
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th June 2018 Mowbray School, Bedale, North Yorkshire LEGO displays and traders at this established LEGO show in North Yorkshire. Small entry fee charged, in aid of the school.
Bricktastic
(Fairy Bricks)
Saturday 30th June 2018 – Sunday 1st July 2018 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.
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.
Brickmania
(Tartan LUG)
Saturday 21st July 2018 Peterhead Prison Museum, Peterhead, Scotland LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged.
BRICKLIVE Glasgow
(Bricklive)
Thursday 19th July – Sunday 22nd July 2018 Glasgow SEC, Scotland Large commercial show; LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee charged.
Rhyl Building Bricks
(Northern Brickworks)
Sunday 18th August 2018 Sussex Street Christian Centre, Rhyl, North Wales, LL18 1SE LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged in aid of charity.
Block Con Hull
(Stackable Events)
Sunday 26th August 2018 Guildhall, Hull LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged.
Caterham Model Show
(London AFOLs)
Sunday, 15th September 2018 Sacred Heart Centenary Hall, Essendene Road, Caterham, CR3 5PB Recurring LEGO show by the London AFOLs group; expect some good models on show! Small entry fee charged in aid of charity.
Black Country Brick Show
(Brick Central LUG)
Sunday, 2nd September 2018 Thimblemill Recreation & Entertainment Centre, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 6NR “Lego show in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Displays from master builders, LEGO stalls, games and activities and much more” Small entry fee charged.
Discovery Brick Show
(Brick Alley)
Saturday, 6th October – Sunday 7th October 2018 Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne LEGO displays and activities in central Newcastle upon Tyne. Small entry to exhibits and trader area; free activities available throughout museum.
BrickLincs
(Brickshire)
Saturday, 13th October 2018 Christ Hospital School, Lincoln LEGO displays and activities. Small entry fee charged in aid of charity.
BRICKLIVE Birmingham
(Bricklive)
Thursday 1st November – Sunday 4th November 2018 Birmingham NEC, West Midlands Large commercial show; LEGO displays and traders. Entry fee charged.
Shildon LEGO Show
(Brick Alley LEGO User Group)
Saturday 10th November – Sunday 11th November 2018 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.
Oban Bricks
(Tartan LUG)
Saturday 17th November 2018 Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Oban, Scotland LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged.
The Bristol Brick Show
(Brick Central LUG)
Saturday 17th November 2018 Action Indoor Sports Bristol, Bristol LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged.
Monkey Bricks
(-)
Sunday, 25th November 2018 Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood, North West England LEGO displays and traders. Small entry fee charged in aid of charity.

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.
Giant LEGO Brick Animals
(Wetlands Wildlife Trust)
18th November 2017 – 14 January 2018 WWT Arundel, Arundel, West Sussex Outdoor trail of large LEGO animal builds. Entry fee charged.
‘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).
MYTHICAL BEASTS
(Bright Bricks / Milestones Museum)
6th February 2018 – 15th April 2018 Milestones Museum, Basingstoke “LEGENDARY CREATURES COME TO LIFE IN LEGO® BRICKS” Paid entry. Tickets bookable online.
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 Dino Exhibition
(
Kirkleatham Museum & Grounds)
March 3rd 2018 – June 3rd 2018 Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar “Step back in time with dinosaurs made with LEGO bricks – Warren Elsmore’s Dino Exhibition”. Museum entry is free; this event charges an entry fee.
Giant LEGO Brick Animals
(Wetlands Wildlife Trust)
9th May 2018 – 24th June 2018 WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire Outdoor trail of large LEGO animal builds. Entry fee charged.
Tudor England, Brick By Brick
(Mary Rose / Bright Bricks)
21st July – 2nd September 2018 The Mary Rose, Main Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3PY Recreate a portrait of Henry VIII in LEGO, and build a LEGO cannonball to take away. Ticket booking required; £6.
Sheffield Bricktropolis
(Sheffield BID)
4th August – 17th August 2018 Sheffield LEGO displays and activities for 2 weeks in Sheffield. Unknown

LEGO events and activities in the UK for 2018

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

Bricks + Beers LEGO socials for adults

Launched in 2018, Bricks + Beers is an adult monthly social in Newcastle upon Tyne. Join us the first Wednesday evening of every month. More information online at bricksandbeers.com.

Other events

Event name (Organiser) Date Venue Description Cost
Gateshead Central Library
(Gateshead Libraries / Gateshead Council)
Wednesday 30th May 2018 Gateshead Central Library, Tyne & Wear Bricks McGee hosts a LEGO workshop centered around local history. Free entry, subject to availability.
Kirkgate Market, Leeds LEGO play session
(Leeds Markets / Leeds Council)
Monday, 13th August 2018 – Wednesday 15th August 2018 Kirkgate Market, Leeds Bricks McGee hosts a drop in session within Western Europe’s largest indoor market. Free entry, subject to availability.