Fantasy Kingdom

Mythical creatures made with LEGO® bricks planned for Mermaid Quay

Cardiff Bay will be home to mythical creatures and more this summer when the BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom heads to Mermaid Quay.

From Saturday 3rd August – Sunday 1st September, nine models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks will take centre stage in Tacoma Square, in the heart of Mermaid Quay.

Free to view, the display will feature an 11ft fire-breathing dragon, a unicorn and two hunting wolves as well as a wizard, princess, knight and huntswoman. Collectively the models took over 2,000 hours to build. There will also be 10 cute dragon whelps (baby dragons) displayed in the various businesses in Mermaid Quay.

At the heart of the display is a throne – laid out in shimmering silk and encrusted with the finest LEGO® brick rubies, emeralds and sapphires – on which visitors can sit and take selfies. Mermaid Quay will be running a weekly photo competition to crown a Selfie King or Queen each week – with FREE ice cream for a year from Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay as the weekly prize.

In addition, Mermaid Quay will be organising a colouring competition to win a £100 voucher to spend at wagamama, and a story writing competition inspired by the fantasy kingdom to win a dinner for a family of four worth up to £75 from Bill’s Mermaid Quay.

PLUS there will be a themed fancy dress competition on 18 August, organised in conjunction with The Crepe Escape at Mermaid Quay. More details of these competitions will be available soon on Mermaid Quay’s social channels.

This will be the first time BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom have been be on display in Wales and follows the success of previous displays at Mermaid Quay including the Great Brick Safari, Santa’s Sleigh and Big Cats.

Previous displays at Mermaid Quay attracted many thousands of visitors and it’s anticipated that the BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom will be equally popular with avid fans of LEGO® bricks and visitors to the area.

Mermaid Quay Centre Manager Justin Patel said:
“Our BRICKLIVE displays are always a huge hit and we’re confident that Fantasy Kingdom will be equally as popular. LEGO® brick fans and visitors to the Bay will be able to let their imaginations run wild at our medieval fantasy land of ancient Welsh myths and legends. Plus, we’ve got lots of competitions throughout the summer for visitors to be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes from the Mermaid Quay businesses.”
The display will be visible any time, but the throne will only be available to sit on 10am – 6pm daily.

Visiting the installation is free of charge.

The BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom comprises:
• 210,000 bricks
• 1,200 hours
• 7 builders
10 dragon whelps
• 3,100 bricks each
• 20 hours each
• 4 builders
• 37,500 bricks
• 160 hours
• 2 builders
• 39,360 bricks
• 160 hours
• 3 builders
• 63,000 bricks
• 160 hours
• 3 builders
• 158,000 bricks
• 120 hours
• 1 builder
• 37,800 bricks
• 120 hours
• 2 builders
• 42,600 bricks
• 120 hours
• 2 builders
Hunting wolves (2)
• 65,000 bricks each
• 100 hours
• 2 builders

About Mermaid Quay
Mermaid Quay comprises more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars as well as shops & luxury services, all set in a stunning waterfront location at the southern end of Bute Street, overlooking the water in the heart of Cardiff Bay. It first opened 20 years ago in 1999 and is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Cardiff.

The centre is currently undergoing a comprehensive multi-million pound strategic repositioning which includes new public realm (new paving, lighting, landscaping, signage and wayfinding, entrance markers, seating and street furniture) and redevelopment of units to bring in new occupiers including Cosy Club (just opened), Hubbox (to open in Autumn 2019) and a five-screen Everyman Cinema (to open in Winter 2019).

Brick Live is a network of partner-driven fan-based shows using BRICKLIVE created content worldwide. The Company owns the rights to BRICKLIVE – interactive experiences built around the creative ethos of the world’s most popular toy bricks.  BRICKLIVE actively encourages all to learn, build and play, and provides inspirational events and shows where like-minded fans can push the boundaries of their creativity. Copyright © Brick Live Group Limited. Brick Live Group Limited is an independent producer of BRICKLIVE and is not associated with the LEGO Group. All rights reserved. LEGO® is a trademark of LEGO Juris A/S.