Have you seen the mythical Lego creatures at Mermaid Quay yet? The incredible sculptures arrived in Tacoma Square on Saturday 2 August and will be on display for the rest of the summer holidays until Sunday 1 September.
As a family of Lego fans, we’ve loved the previous Lego displays so couldn’t wait to see these ones. The nine models have been created once again by Bricklive, use a total of nearly 750,000 bricks, and took more than 2,000 hours to build.
We headed down this morning to see them and were once again blown away by the seriously impressive Lego-building skills.
The highlight for my five-year-old and seven-year-old sons was the 11-foot fire-breathing dragon. Called Tarygon, it took seven builders a total of 1,200 hours to build and used 210,000 bricks. He also loved that the dragon was in battle with Sir Macsen the Knight, sword held high.
My nine-year-old daughter loved Brilliance the Unicorn, complete with rainbow mane and tail. She took two builders 120 hours to build and is made from 37,800 bricks. She also liked Princess Anwen and Heledd the Huntswoman.
Also on display are Derwyn the Wizard, and Fang and Spike, two hunting wolves.
Behind the main display is an ornate Lego throne, encrusted with ‘jewels’ and providing a brilliant photo opportunity. If you share those pictures on social media you could be in with a chance of winning free ice cream for a year at Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay. Upload your photo to one of Mermaid Quay’ social media channels, tag @mermaidquay and use #selfiequeen or #selfieking to enter.
Other competitions in association with businesses in Mermaid Quay include a colouring competition to win £100 voucher to spend at Wagamama; a story-writing competition to win dinner for a family of four at Bill’s; and a fancy dress competition to win treats at The Crepe Escape. See the website for details.
Also, if you look carefully in the businesses of Mermaid Quay, you’ll find baby dragons – known as whelps – in some of their windows.
The display doesn’t take long to view – so we would recommend combining with other activities I the Bay. Perhaps Cardiff Bay Beach (read our review here – ad/gifted experience); free arts and crafts at Wales Millennium Centre; a walk across Cardiff Bay Barrage (see our tips on what to do on Cardiff Bay Barrage here) or a trip to Techniquest (we bought family membership which works out at great value).
Bricklive Fantasy Kingdom is at Tacoma Square, Mermaid Quay until Sunday 1 September and is free to visit. The throne is open from 10am-6pm daily but the rest of the display is available to view all day.