Where: Milestones Museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
£: Adults 8.50, concessions 7.50, children 5 and family ticket 25 (prices change from April, see the website for more details)
What is it?
A massive, 4m long truck is being built from around 150,000 LEGO bricks between now and 14th April at Hampshire County Council’s Milestones living history museum in Basingstoke Leisure Park.
LEGO Mania 2013 follows the successful spring 2012 event, when over 36,000 LEGO fans visited Milestones to see a fantastic scale model of the historic Basing House being constructed. Bright Bricks, who helped TV’s James May achieve his dream night in a LEGO house, will build the model; co-ordinated by Duncan Titmarsh, the only certified LEGO builder in the UK. It will be built live in front of visitors on the indoor ‘showground’ in Milestones Museum and displayed throughout the Easter holidays.
There will also be an array of themed events surrounding the build including competitions, a LEGO Minifigure hunt, LEGO and DUPLO play tables and a new graffiti wall. In addition there will be a photographic gallery and exhibition of LEGO models such as an Olympic style stadium.
Workshops will offer a chance to take part in a range of activities including building and customising Minifigures. Events will vary from day-to-day. Some of these workshops will carry an extra charge in addition to the museum entrance fee and booking is advised.
While at the museum, change a pound coin into old pennies and try your luck in the Penny Arcade where vintage slot machines, popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, are on display until the autumn. Also currently on show is an authentic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car. Built by MGM to promote the famous 1968 film, this car, registration GEN 22, is now the only road legal Chitty in the UK and Europe.
More info: To book tickets or find out more details visit www3.hants.gov.uk/milestones