Visitors flock to the Lego brick trail


A giant Lego brick animal trail opened at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre at the weekend, breaking its record for most visitors in one day.

The 1,075 visitors recorded on Sunday has beaten the previous 1,011 visitors from Easter Monday in 2010.

The Lego brick animal trail is anticipated to be a massive hit following on from its huge popularity at other WWT centres.

So far, on average, nearly 100 per cent more people have visited WWT centres to get up close to these unique Lego brick animals.

This is the first time these characters, specially created for WWT, can be seen in Sussex among the beautiful real life animals that inspired them. WWT Arundel is aiming to use the huge appeal of this trail to encourage kids (and big kids) to build a better future for nature.

Visitors to Arundel Wetland Centre will be able to enjoy nine individually-designed Lego brick characters from the first May Bank Holiday weekend until June 26. The giant animals – some up to twelve times life size, include Kate the Kingfisher, perching cheekily on her Lego brick branch, Mac the Mallard with his cute yellow brick beak and Natalie the Nene, the world’s rarest goose in real life as well as in brick.

These magnificent brick models were created by Bright Bricks, the UK’s only certified LEGO professionals, and Tom Poulsom, the famous Lego brick ‘birdman’. In total, 120,300 LEGO bricks were used over 915 hours to make all nine characters.

Dave Fairlamb, Arundel’s general manager, said: “We’re so excited to have these wonderful LEGO brick animals at WWT Arundel. They are developing quite a fan base and it’s great that the people of Sussex and neighbouring counties can now have a chance to meet these magnificent creatures up close.

“They’re a really fun way to highlight some of the animals WWT helps to protect, and to inspire the next generation to continue protecting nature.”

As well as the trail, budding sculptors will be able to take part in creative fun and games at exclusive Lego brick workshops where they can build mini-figures and take part in team challenges. Spaces for these workshops are filling up fast, early booking is recommended.

Visitors will also be able to buy limited edition mini Lego brick animal models, only available at WWT. All proceeds will support WWT’s essential conservation work in the UK and around the world.

There is no extra cost to meet the giant LEGO brick animals at Arundel Wetland Centre; the trail is included in the admission price. Places for the awesome workshops must be pre-booked on line at an additional cost of £8.50. To find out more about the giant Lego brick animals and other brick activities, click here or follow #LEGOBrickAnimals.

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