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Wantage, Oxfordshire, Lego Expo 2019

colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
Evening, Bricksetters,

As you may know from previous posts, I try and help our local Museum (and it is a self sustaining charity) with their summer Lego events. Now in its 4th year and growing, this year is all about Past, Present and Future, so please come along and support, or even better, submit your own Ideas/MOCs, based on Past Present and Future.

There will be a show piece again this year (MASSIVE Darth Vader for those who went last year) based upon PP and F and although they will gladly accept submissions based on Lego sets, would like to see if they can get more MOCs this year. Some of the entries last year were really really good and it's be good to showcase talent in a small town that tries to do all it can to support itself and the community.

The dates are all through the summer holidays (27th July - 31st Aug) so your piece would need to be dropped off and collected to Wantage for these dates. More details on how to submit pieces to follow, but please ask if you have any questions.

Not only will the museum be full of Lego, but there is of course the chance to learn about the interesting history of Wantage and the Vale of the White Horse as well as help support the museum and the town. Wantage is a historic Market Town in England. We hope there will be a few more hands on session this year (days and events TBC) as well as more competitions and games and adventures for the kids (and adults if they like! :)  )

Any queries, please let me know.

Thanks,


bookmumLego_Star

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  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    edited June 17
    Hi folks,
    The submissions forms for your own entry items for Past, Present and Future are now open. As mentioned, these can be MOCs or Lego numbered sets.
    If you have any queries, please let me know.
    Thanks.
    Event
    http://valeanddownlandmuseum.org.uk/wantagelegoexpo/
    Eventbrite submissions page



  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,052
    Do you know offhand what museum prices are? Always looking for interesting days out with my girls
    Lego_Star
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    Hi Toc,
    They are a charity, so it is donations, there is no 'fixed' admission charge I believe, except for ticketed events. Outside of the Lego Expo, I dont know what that would be, but the suggested donations for the Expo is £2 adult, £1 child I think I saw on one of the links. Does that help?

    They have lots of great local, and other interesting stuff in there and it amazes me how much they change it too and how much there is for the kids to do too. Even more when the Lego is there :)

    HTH
    Toc13
  • StraiterStraiter Stockholm, SwedenMember Posts: 2
    Really looking forward to this. Gonna fly in from Stockholm, Sweden :)
    colay
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    Wow! That's a trip and a half. I'm not sure it warrants that far a travel, but okay! :)
  • StraiterStraiter Stockholm, SwedenMember Posts: 2
    We're gonna visit London and if we're there during the summer we usually take a daytrip somewhere and Oxford was an option. After checking a what's on in Oxford I found this exhibition and Wantage looks like a nice little town so we decided to spend a night there :)
    Speedman29
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,321
    We went last year and enjoyed it. Some cool displays amongst the interesting museum exhibits (the Williams F1 section is small, but I really enjoyed it).

    @Straiter there is a retro toy and collectible shop in the town that helps with the show. its a 5 minute walk from the Expo and worth a look around.

    MrKettleStraiter
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    Straiter said:
    We're gonna visit London and if we're there during the summer we usually take a daytrip somewhere and Oxford was an option. After checking a what's on in Oxford I found this exhibition and Wantage looks like a nice little town so we decided to spend a night there :)
    Brilliant! Sorry, I thought you meant you were coming to UK, just for this :)

    Yes, if you are here already, Wantage is a nice little Market town
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    Update:

    The Museum will be holding Workshops on some of the days in the event. These are outlined below. I will link the EventBrite lnks to book on to, when they are live. There will be a small charge (£3 i believe) to attend the workshops. Suggested donations for entry are still applicable, too.

    Day    Date    Session Type    Session Title
    Weds    31-Jul    How to build...    Learn how to build a Lego Marble Maze!
    Thurs    01-Aug    Challenge    Build a Balloon Vehicle- Challenge!
    Weds    07-Aug    How to build...    Learn how to build an Erupting Lego Volcano!
    Fri    09-Aug    Challenge    Build a Zip Line Cart- Challenge!
    Weds    14-Aug    How to build...    Learn how to build a Lego Marble Maze!
    Thurs    15-Aug    Challenge    Build a Boat- Challenge!
    Weds    21-Aug    How to build...    Learn how to build an Erupting Lego Volcano!
    Fri    23-Aug    Challenge    Build a Balloon Vehicle- Challenge!
    Weds    28-Aug    Challenge    Build a Zip Line Cart- Challenge!
    Fri    30-Aug    Challenge    Build a Boat- Challenge!

    There is also a special Robotics one to come, but I will let you know the date, when it is confirmed. This may be IRO £5, but will be more exciting :)
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    The Robotics events will be held on Thu 29th Aug and are being run by the amazing Creative Hut ( https://www.creative-hut.co.uk ), who work with schools (mainly) helping them with coding, robotics and creative ways of learning. They are very kindly doing this to support the museum. The sessions will be around £5 per space, and all this money goes back to the Museum. We really do thank them for their help. These sessions are run by educational Lego experts, so if you are interested, please watch this space and save the date :)

    There will be three 1.5-2 hour sessions being held on that day only. When it goes live, I'll post the link so that you can book on to it.

    Any questions, please let me know

    Thanks.

    PS, you can now sign up to the OTHER events, listed above, here:




  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    Okay, my final pug for this event, that started on Saturday.

    There are some nice MOCs and a couple of quite large outstanding ones. What gets me, is that one of these large pieces is a SMALL part of a larger display the creator has at home!!!!!

    Also, the Robotics sessions on 29th Aug being run by https://www.creative-hut.co.uk  are now live and can be signed up to, here,

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lego-expo-submissions-2019-tickets-63334346736?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    A number of the build challenge days have now sold out, so be quick if you do want to take part

    Couple of other things to make you aware of:

    Mini figure Hunt
    A few large MOCs on display, as well as established sets
    Lots hidden around the Museum
    There is a 'mosaic' being built from Lego that you can buy a brick for and help build King Alfred
    Guess the number of Lego bricks in the Jar and WIN Lego Sets (this is easily missed, so ask if you don't see it on the desk)


    And, if you do go, please donate the suggested amount, or more if you can afford to, it is to help keep the Museum funded. 600 visitors on Saturday, but nowhere near enough donations for the amount of people through the door.

    Thank you and as always, ask if you have any queries.

    :)

    Toc13
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    The Workshops have proved extremely popular with everyone who has attended.

    There are a handful of spaces left on the ones run by the Museums and a few places on each of the 3 robotics events (Thu 29th Aug) run by Creative Hut

    If you did want to get your children on any of these, I'd advise booking soon.

    There's also still the chance to win Lego sets by guessing the number of Lego bricks in the jar
    Your chance to add bricks to the Mosaic of King Alfred (that the museum will display as a permanent piece)
    The MF hunt in the museum and the Wantage MF hunt around the town

    Thanks




    Toc13
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,321
    We've got time off in a couple of weeks. One of the workshops has been booked for our daughter. Not sure which yet. But looking forward to the exhibition again.
    colay
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 372
    Cool :)
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