Brick City- A back Stage Tour

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August was a busy month for all of us here at Warren Elsmore,

We welcomed thousands of visitors to our ‘ Brick City- The Backstage Tour’ in August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

For the month of August we moved our studio into the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust Site at Riddles Court ( just off the Royal mile )- right in the Heart of ' the fringe'.


Visitors got a tour through the world of professional LEGO model making, this included talking to the team, seeing models being built in the workshop, a question and answer session and then finally a look at our 35 square metre LEGO display.

The idea was to showcase the many ways you can design and build in LEGO, to give an insight in what its like to have one of the best jobs in the world- ' being paid to play with LEGO' and to have the opportunity to build some models we have been planning in our heads for years...

The one downside of having lots of commissioned models and full order books is we are always building models for Clients ! - we are always building what we are instructed to build..We rarely get the chance to build the models we want to build or the type of models we dream about....

August and the backstage tour gave us the opportunity to actually to put a lot of those ideas and designs  and in some cases dreams into LEGO.

Each day of the 22 day event meant we could complete these 'dream' models, which in turn became part of our city display…..we had real fun with some fictional models along with some local landmarks recreated in LEGO.

The City display featured a lunar observatory, French galleons, a Hot air balloon festival, a construction site, a coastline with cliffs a pier and a seaside funfair, railways, rolling landscapes and formal gardens, a TV transmission tower and much much more,

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Several Edinburgh landmarks were included too- these were Ramsay Gardens, The Camera Obscura, Sections of Edinburgh Zoo, Sections of the Botanical Gardens, and also even some specially commissioned Lothian busses for the minifigures to travel on !

Visitors also took part in a treasure hunt as we had carefully hidden lots of special minifigures around the display…..

We welcomed thousands of visitors,  we talked to many international guests, we spread the passion for building in LEGO, we gave tips and tricks from the workshop, and gave an insight into  LEGO building as a career........... and we had a whole lot of fun doing it... what more could you ask for ?


Guy , Warren, Teresa, Alastair, Kirsten, Loic, & Rocco ( the behind the scenes tour crew ! )

Guy Bagley