We are big fans of Marwell, a 140 acre zoo set near Winchester in Hampshire.
Marwell Zoo is owned by Marwell Wildlife, a world renowned, action oriented charity leading conservation programmes in the UK and Africa. It is home to hundreds of animals from endangered Amur tigers, snow leopards and white rhinos to giraffes, hippos and penguins.
Marwell is also known for running exciting events and this Easter they have unveiled the BRICKOSAURS! – a collection of life-like LEGO® brick dinosaurs on display throughout the grounds.
We were lucky enough to be invited to a preview event last night and were greeted at the gate by some strange, rumbling noises from inside the zoo.
Alongside Marwell’s hundreds of animals, the zoo is showcasing a unique collection of bright and colourful BRICKOSAURS sculptures for a fantastic interactive family-friendly day out.
The BRICKOSAURS are found throughout the zoo and we also got to meet Bruce, the BRICKOSAURS keeper who is full of interesting facts about the dinosaurs and the periods in which they lived.
If you are lucky, you may even get to meet Poppy, the baby Parasaurolophus.
One of the highlights of BRICKOSAURUS is the largest touring LEGO brick dinosaur model ever made – a whopping eight-metre Tyrannosaurus rex, who stands guard outside Marwell Hall and has a perspex front so you can take the perfect selfie.
At BRICKOSAURS Base Camp, kids both big and small can be inspired and get creative in the brick pits, with LEGO for the older kids and DUPLO for learner builders.
There is also the chance to have fun with photo opportunities in a giant Megalosaurus head……..
and explore the BRICKOSHOP, plus there will also be face painting during weekends and school holidays.
There are currently 36 BRICKOSAUR sculptures to see in 16 displays around the zoo, with even more arriving for the summer holidays.
Bright Bricks are the builders and creators behind BRICKOSAURS and we were lucky enough to spend some time with a couple of the creators to find out how these giant reptiles were made.
They spent an estimated 969 days and used more than two million bricks to complete the collection of dinosaur sculptures and each one comes with a plaque to say how many people built it and the number of bricks it is made from.
BRICKOSAURS and a selection of extra activities are included with general admission at Marwell Zoo. and will be running until 1 September 2019, so that visitors can get closer to the wonders of the natural world and the prehistoric world, all in one place.
A standard family ticket for Marwell Zoo costs £64.75, excluding the optional donation.
Disclaimer: We were guests of Marwell Zoo for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.