We are really lucky to have Stockwood Discovery Centre on our doorstep. Entry to the main park is free (parking is free too) and there’s lots of space to run, explore and play or have a picnic. There are several galleries to wander around that feature artefacts from the local area, the large Mossman collection of carriages and there’s a children’s play area. Stockwood Discovery Centre also has a small exhibition space which is home to the LEGO® Brick Wonders exhibition until Sunday 3rd September 2017. Entry to the exhibition is £4 for adults and £3 for concessions.
On your way into the exhibition you can pick up a trail sheet and answer questions about the Brick Wonders on your way around.
The exhibition also includes an area with a large Lego wall and a few trays filled with loose bricks. We spent lots of time creating, constructing and adding to the wall and the boys enjoyed contributing to the 3-D graffiti. It is such a simple idea and it worked really well to make the most of the space.
It is interesting to see photographs of the models and get ideas to take home. I was disappointed that the exhibition doesn’t include all the seven wonders of the world as actual models. Having said that, there is plenty to look at and our favourite models were the pyramid, Old London Bridge and the airport. The smaller scale actually appealed to the boys, as they could go home and try and make some of the models they saw, which is impossible at exhibitions where thousands of bricks are used to create life-size structures. Models like Niagra Falls and Machu Picchu are impressive but there aren’t any Lego characters, trees or flowers, to give the models any sense of scale. However, none of this seemed to matter to Mr 6 and Mr 2 who loved finding details like the skeleton walking through the body scanner at the airport and the stained glass windows on Old London Bridge. The boys happily searched for the answers to the trail and they really enjoyed adding to the Lego wall. We spent an hour in the exhibition hall and then it was time to explore everything else that Stockwood Discovery Centre has to offer.
The boys ran around and collected sticks in the wooded areas and ran around the formal gardens. We really enjoyed the Dig for Victory garden and had a good look at the Anderson Shelter, the chickens and the privy. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables to settle down for a picnic and I was glad I had brought provisions as the cafe was absolutely full to bursting. Then we explored the galleries and brushed up on local history from the Neolithic era to Roman settlers and Medieval England.
Your ticket to the LEGO® Brick Wonders exhibition allows you to return throughout the day, so we popped back to see our favourites. The evolving Lego wall had changed, so we had to add one more creation before it was time to head home after spending over four hours discovering, creating, learning, climbing and running. Stockwood Discovery Centre is always high on the list for a great visit that is easy on the pocket.
LEGO® Brick Wonders exhibition runs from now until 3rd September 2017 at
Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LX
Thank you to the Stockwood Discovery Centre for complimentary entry to the LEGO Brick Wonders Exhibition for this review.