Tuesday 1 August 2017

Marwell Zoo - The Great Brick Safari - Lego - Zoo day out

We're huge LEGO fans and we love a Zoo day too so this is our perfect family day out, we were delighted to be invited to have a look around Marwell Zoo at the interactive experience with Lego bricks which is really impressive. Daddy was working so Grandma came with us instead and we met my sister in law, nephew and newborn niece there - oh so cute!

Marwell Wildlife has become the first UK zoo to host a collection of giant LEGO brick animals, there's 81 in total so loads to see and they represent 27 different species. We didn't get to see them all so we definitely need to return before it ends. There's an exciting spotters guide for people to complete and make sure they see them all so you can be organised on your day, we were invited for the evening and shown a selection of them which was lovely.

Bordon-based LEGO building company Bright Bricks used over two million bricks to make the amazing sculptures, they include; an elephant, Bengal tiger, lion with playful cubs, meerkats and gorilla to name just a few. See if you can spot the bats too!

Sean Mannie, director of guest services at Marwell Wildlife said "We are so excited to be hosting this amazing event at Marwell. The LEGO brick trail is an interactive and engaging way of highlighting some of our really important species, as well as welcoming some wonderful new animals to the zoo!"

"To be the first UK zoo to host an interactive LEGO brick experience is a real thrill. LEGO is so iconic and continues to appeal to both adults and children and we are delighted to have the sculptures complementing the 100s of animals that live in our 140 acre park."

LEGO fans of any age can make their own brick creations in The Great Brick Building Zone too, the zone has been set up in a marquee which can be found infront of the Marwell Hall. Inside you'll find not one but three lego activities to join in on. We loved it. For £3 guests can build their own mini LEGO figure to take home - this bit wasn't open for us last night so I can't comment on what that section was like but we would have definitely done it. Grandma wants a penguin too as they're so cute. But we did get to join in the FREE activities - yes I said free, fun by diving into a LEGO brick pit - gone are the day of ball pits... builders can let their imaginations run wild inside here amongst a sea of grey bricks.

Oliver loved building a section of a python to join in a python marathon where they're trying to break a world record of the bigger brick snake.... your child can then they say helped beat a world record! They have tables set up with instructions and boxes of LEGO so that you can make your section, there's someone on hand to help if needed but the instructions were simple enough for my 7 year old to complete, having said that he is really good with building LEGO.

Back outside and next to each sculpture you can find the details for it including how many builders it took to make it, how many hours and how many bricks were used. All interesting learning facts that the children loved. Apart from the elephant, which you have to guess how many bricks were used to make him, he's called Earl Grey - the elephant which was named by public vote.
A free spotters guide available at the zoo entrance will give trail goers the chance to guess the number of bricks it took to build him for a chance to win a family tour of Bright Bricks - this would be Oliver's dream. He was lucky enough to question the experts last night and his main question as "how can I work for you?"... bless him.
The Great Brick Safari is included with general admission to Marwell Zoo and runs from today 1st August 2017 until 1st October. Make sure to follow Marwell Wildlife on facebook, twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest information.

We hope to visit again and really loved the day, thanks so much to Marwell for a fabulous

*please note that we were invited to the event and given free entry to the zoo, all opinions are my own*


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