Welcome to Northern Brickworks.  We post something new about once a week, so do bookmark the site.  A comprehensive list of Lego shows can be found on our 2022 Calendar page which we update regularly through the year.  Shows for next year are also starting to appear and can be found here: 2023 Calendar

Pictures from recent shows at Retford, Calder Valley and Lymm have now been added to the Picture Gallery!

It’s nearly time for our next show, and this one is brand new to the calendar. Tickets are on sale, no pun intended, right now at http://www.salestanne.org

We try to keep you up to date with Lego news – coming 1st June are some story-based building experiences.  Full info on our Members’ Forum but here’s a sneak preview:

The Sims Freeplay and LEGO Dots Team Up To Combine Colourful Worlds of Creativity and Fun

The Sims FreePlay™ and LEGO® DOTS are partnering together to provide a new way for Sims creators to express themselves. Starting today, they will be able to bring LEGO® DOTS’ products to life, thanks to work from Electronic Arts’ Firemonkeys Studio.

The Sims FreePlay™is a mobile experience that allows Sims creators – lovingly known as Simmers – to create an entire town inspired by their own style, personality, and dreams. This simulation game offers players an opportunity to truly express individuality and tell their own Sim story, a perfect match with LEGO DOTS’ fun, creative and unique style.

Opening a new world of DOTS inspired fun and in-game products, the collaboration will feature a limited time LEGO® DOTS x The Sims Live Event and free LEGO® DOTS pack, both of which are officially available from June 13 until July 24. The limited time ‘LEGO® DOTS x The Sims Live Event’ allows players to complete a series of activities to unlock the exclusive items by crafting at Arts and Crafts Stations to gather resources over the course of the event.

– Once they have collected enough resources, Simmers can unlock up to ten exclusive DOTS products to put in their Sims’ virtual home. This includes real life products like banana pencil holder, candy land bracelet, message boards, rainbow bracelet, stick-on canvas, stitch-on canvas, panda tray, and ice cream picture frame, plus inspired décor like a stylish outfit for preteen Sims, bright wallpapers, fabulous flooring, and fun décor items full of bold colors and special patterns.

“We want to connect with LEGO® DOTS fans in a new way and introduce DOTS to passionate Sims FreePlay players,” said Marjorie Satgé Lopez, Global Marketing Manager of LEGO®. “We can’t wait to see the engagement from fans who fully emerge themselves in the Live Event and free pack, whether it’s through crafting jewellery, decorating their Sims’ houses with DOTS inspired items, creating a LEGO® DOTS message board design, or sharing their creations with other like-minded fans on social media.”

“Our game developers worked directly with the LEGO® DOTS team for their guidance so that we could ensure that players felt their Sims were accurately interacting with the real-life products from their retail line, and we are excited about what we were able to achieve,” said Danni Hindi, Game Producer of The Sims FreePlay™. “Both The Sims FreePlay™ mobile game and DOTS are suited to be taken with you on the go, everywhere and anywhere! We are extremely excited to bring DOTS sets into our game – the patterns, likeness and item scale – it took a lot of time and effort to get it absolutely right.”

The Sims FreePlay™ partnership with LEGO® DOTS will be available to all players starting June 13, 2022, at 4PM PST until July 24 2022.

You can also visit The Sims FreePlay™ News Page for more details on all the events scheduled in the ‘You DOT You’ update or join the conversation to search for some of the amazing DOTS content created by our Simmer community on The Sims FreePlay Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube! #YouDOTYou #TSFPxLEGODOTS

Download The Sims FreePlay for free now on iOS, Android and Amazon devices here: https://simsfreeplay.sng.link/Dyt7s/faxv/sxpi

Inspired by the cool LEGO® DOTS products included in The Sims FreePlay™? You can view the real-life items here: LEGO® DOTS | Fun Crafts for Kids

Bricktastic was held in Manchester at the end of February and there is a selection of pictures here.  Pics of the NB castle layout are here also – see below.  Here’s one shot – NB member Simon’s amazing 1:1 scale Jeep:

We displayed the NB collaborative castle at Bricktastic for the first time:

Click here for pictures from the Notts Brick Show

Click here for news and pictures from the Aire Valley Junior Brick Show:

Head over to our PAB Walls page to see what’s on the wall in Lego stores in the North.  Stores are re-opening with new social distancing rules.

Some thoughts on Lego storage here.

Membership is FREE!  Head on over to our Introduction page to learn more about us, and then fill in the form on our Join Us page.

Our Lego Building Techniques page is here.  Latest is a new Lego Font, which we’ve called Dots as it uses parts from the Lego Dots range: