Sheffield Bricktropolis arrives

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, at yesterday's Bricktropolis launch in Sheffield Winter Gardens

Here’s everything you need to know about Sheffield’s LEGO extravaganza

The first Bricktropolis model, Taipei 101, was unveiled in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens yesterday, with the remaining 20 landmarks available to seek out from Saturday 4 August.


Millions of LEGO bricks have arrived as part of the city-wide event, as Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) transforms the city centre into the Sheffield Bricktropolis from 4-17 August.


There will be plenty of opportunities for LEGO fans, both young and old, to get involved with Sheffield Bricktropolis, including the trail of world landmarks made from LEGO, an Interactive Building Zone, Mosaic Builds and a series of fringe events, deals and competitions.


Diane Jarvis at yesterday's Bricktropolis launch in Sheffield's Winter Gardens


Some of the world’s most famous buildings, including the Shard, the Arc De Triomphe, Big Ben and the Empire State Building will make up the trail of 20 world landmarks, and a custom model of Sheffield’s City Hall that are dotted about the city. Printed trail maps can be picked up around the city centre or you can download the Sheffield Bricktropolis app.


For those who want to put brick to baseplate themselves, Sheffield City Hall will host two Mosaic Builds on Friday 10 and Wednesday 15 August from 10am – 3pm. Budding LEGO builders are invited to attend the free event and contribute to a huge LEGO mosaic which will reveal an image by the end of the day.


The Big Sheffield Bricktropolis Build competition is another opportunity for all budding LEGO architects to submit their own creations for a chance to win a Sheffield Gift Card. They want to see creations that represent Sheffield – whether that be famous landmarks, people, products or places that you love in the city. Entries need to be made from LEGO bricks, to enter simply use #MySheffieldBricktropolis on Twitter or Instagram.


Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “The BID is looking forward to turning Sheffield into the Sheffield Bricktropolis during August. With free activities for all ages, it provides the perfect opportunity for a day out in the city centre during the summer holidays.


“With so many businesses involved, the Sheffield Bricktropolis is a fantastic example of businesses working together to create an event that attracts visitors from across the country to Sheffield. We have teams on the street working hard to make sure Sheffield is looking clean and attractive for visitors to the Sheffield Bricktropolis and hope this event can put Sheffield on the map as a great place to visit with the family.”


LEGO Taipei 101 in Winter Gardens


A number of fringe events are taking place around the city centre to celebrate the Sheffield Bricktropolis. Kids can eat free with a paying adult throughout the event at The Forum, The Devonshire and Common Room. At the Scout and Guide Shop on Trippet Lane customers can enjoy 10% off if they show a workshop ticket or trail map, as well as get involved in in-store LEGO building competitions. For grown up fans of LEGO, Sentinel Brewhouse and The Devonshire are hosting Bricks and Beers events.


The Sheffield Brickropolis app can be download from The App Store or Google Play today, and for more info on new offers and deals being added to the Sheffield Bricktropolis visit the website here or #SheffieldBricktropolis to keep up-to-date.

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