Sheffield is getting set to welcome over half a million LEGO® bricks this summer as Sheffield BID brings the ever-popular Sheffield Bricktropolis back to the city centre between Saturday 6th and Sunday 21st August.
Following on from the ‘Tour of World Landmarks’ in 2018 and ‘A Cosmic Adventure’ in 2019, this year visitors to the city centre will be encouraged to make their way along ‘An Expedition of Extinction’, a stunning visitor trail of 15 Dinosaur models.
The Brickosaurs trail will take visitors on a journey to a land that time forgot with models including a Parasaurolophus, two Velociraptors and a mighty Megalosaurus.
The 15 models will be placed in well-known city centre locations – including Atkinsons, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and the Winter Garden – and families will be able to explore them all using the official Sheffield Bricktropolis Trail Guide.
As well as the Brickosaurs trail, there will be plenty on offer to entertain visitors of all ages. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August, Adult Fans of LEGO® (AFOL) from across the country will descend to Sheffield Hallam University’s Hallam Hall to display their own models and unique creations for visitors to see. Entry is free.
For those who want to get involved in all the building fun and put ‘brick to baseplate’, Sheffield Hallam University’s Hallam Hall will also host four days of Giant Mosaic Builds on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August. Entry is free.
Sheffield Cathedral will also act as a ‘Stay & Play Zone’, featuring two Brick Pits and two Brick Graffiti Walls to keep the little ones entertained.
And, to ensure hungry little explorers keep their energy up as they make their way around the trail, some city centre cafes and restaurants are offering Kids Eat Free deals.
Diane Jarvis, Head of Business Operations, said: “We’ve been looking forward to bringing back Sheffield Bricktropolis for some time, particularly seeing as our previous events were such big hits with visitors. With such a wide range of free activities on offer for all ages, it provides the perfect opportunity for a day out in the city centre during the summer holidays.
“One of Sheffield BID's key objectives is to help keep the city centre vibrant with a diverse set of events throughout the year. August can be a quieter time for the city centre, so Sheffield Bricktropolis is a great opportunity to get families, residents and new visitors into the city centre to support our local businesses.
”Sheffield Bricktropolis takes place between Saturday 6th and Sunday 21st August at venues across Sheffield city centre."
People can keep up with the very latest developments at sheffieldbricktropolis.com or by searching for #SheffieldBricktropolis on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Trail Guides, which cost £1, will be available from Sheffield Bricktropolis HQ (‘Explorer Central’) on Surrey Street from Thursday, 4th August.