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The excitement is building: the region’s newest visitor attraction announces inaugural exhibition Brick Journeys

Brick Journeys will be staged in the Carriage Works exhibition hall, part of the £35m scheme at Hopetown Darlington, Darlington’s new family visitor attraction which opens in summer 2024. The exhibition hall is sponsored by Darlington Building Society.

The interactive transport-themed exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey through land, sea, air and space, is being designed and built by Edinburgh-based brick artist Warren Elsmore.


Taking the simplest of plastic construction bricks as their starting point, Warren and his team will build stunning models to appeal to rail heritage enthusiasts, transport fans and LEGO lovers alike.

Highlights of the exhibition include models of the Oulton Hall, the LNER Azuma, as well as a LEGO®recreation of Locomotion No. 1.
Also featured are a 12ft Saturn 5 space rocket, an international airport with full LEGO runway, a fishing trawler, hot air balloons and a half-submerged submarine.

Warren said: “I’m really excited to be opening a brand-new exhibition in this brand new attraction! Brick Journeys lets you travel by road, air, sea, space and of course rail – and I can’t think of a better place to debut the new models. Whether you’re already a huge fan of plastic bricks – or just intrigued to see how humans travel around the world (and beyond!) – there’s something for everyone coming
to Hopetown Darlington.”

Alongside the wide range of models on display, visitors to the Brick Journeys exhibition can try their hand at creating their own brick models and will have the opportunity to swap LEGO bricks with other fans or donate unwanted bricks to charity.

Exhibition dates and ticket options will be released in spring 2024.

Councillor Libby McCollom, Cabinet Member for Local Services at Darlington Borough Council said: “We are excited to bring an internationally known name to Hopetown Darlington’s inaugural exhibition. Darlington is known around the world for the part we played in railway history, which will be showcased through exciting LEGO models. This will be a brilliant exhibition that we hope will bring
families, LEGO lovers and transport enthusiasts from near and far to enjoy the attractions at Hopetown Darlington.”

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the
LEGO Group of Companies. © 2017 The LEGO Group. Brick Journeys is not sponsored, endorsed or
otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

Hopetown Darlington Exhibition

Please note: the images of St Pancras Station are for illustration purposes only and will not feature in this exhibition.

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