Sheffield Bricktropolis returns with Outer Space theme this August

Sheffield Bricktropolis returns with Outer Space theme this August

28 May 2019

Astronauts and space rockets will land in Sheffield this summer as Sheffield BID brings back its hugely successful Sheffield Bricktropolis, 17 - 30 August 2019.

Building on the success of the World landmarks trail last year, this summer sees a new space theme join the Bricktropolis programme. To celebrate 50 years of the moon landing, Outer Space is a galactic visitor trail of LEGO® brick models.

Families are invited to take part in a journey of discovery that follows humankind from Earth to the stars with planets, astronauts and rockets made of bricks by the UK’s only professional LEGO-brick building company Bright Bricks.

Find the Vostok I and Saturn V rockets, join Neil Armstrong on the moon, and even meet a friendly visitor from the depths of space!

There are 15 incredible space models to find on this fun interstellar trail. Standing 1.9m tall, the Neil Armstrong model is made up of more than 57,000 bricks, while the 2.8m-tall Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket has 68,583 bricks. There will also be models of astronauts Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, as well as planets, the first flag on the moon and various space vehicles.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “Last year, Sheffield Bricktropolis and its trail of world-famous landmarks attracted over 25,000 visitors. We hope to build on that success this year with a fantastic new outer space theme.

"One of Sheffield BID's key objectives is to keep Sheffield City Centre busy throughout the year. August can be a quieter time with students away and many people on their summer holiday, so Bricktropolis is a great opportunity to get families, residents and new visitors into the city centre and support our local businesses.

“The trail is designed to encourage people to explore all corners of the city centre and not just the well-trodden routes.

“In an age when retail and restaurants are facing increasing challenges, city centres really need to stand out and provide a diverse range of offers and activities. The Sheffield BID events programme is a huge part of doing just that.”

Sheffield Bricktropolis is once again an opportunity for Sheffield to celebrate everyone’s favourite childhood bricks. From little ones to big kids, Sheffield Bricktropolis will have something for all LEGO-fans.

Families can take advantage of this free event and explore the city centre as they discover hidden galaxies. The Interactive Building Zone will transform an empty unit into a place for play, creativity and education. Free workshops and a range of fringe activities will ignite imaginations across Sheffield and beyond.

This year’s brick-inspired programme is bigger than ever and includes:

  • The Outer Space visitor trail
  • An astronaut selfie zone
  • A two-day display from AFOL (the Adult Fans of LEGO)
  • Free LEGO-workshops for children in our Interactive Building Zone
  • Free-play Brick Pits
  • Four giant Mosaic builds
  • plus many other fringe events to inspire LEGO-fans young and old.

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