Giant LEGO Brick Animals return to Gloucestershire

The Giant LEGO Brick Animals exhibit has returned to Gloucestershire’s Slimbridge Wetland Centre for the October half-term break.

Eight different brick-built animals are on display at the wildlife sanctuary. And they’re apparently all inspired by the real-life species that inhabit Slimbridge, so visitors can compare the LEGO models to the source material in person.

That puts a lot of pressure on the models’ designers, but the touring sculptures are in good hands. They’re the work of model-building company Bright Bricks, including Tom Poulsom, the fan designer behind LEGO Ideas 21301 Birds.

Among the animals on display are Skye the stork, Sam the short-eared owl, Fred the frog, and Lottie the otter, who’s comprised of more than 15,000 bricks. The centre is hoping the LEGO models will pull in families looking for a way to entertain the kids outdoors this half-term.

You can check out the brick-built beasts at Slimbridge Wetland Centre until Sunday, November 1. You’ll need to book in advance, given current circumstances, but the attraction is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Standard admission is £14.50 for adults and £8.40 for kids aged four to 16. (Younger than that, and they’re free.)

For more information, head to Slimbridge’s website.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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