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Things to do in Norfolk

Amazing, fun things to do in Norfolk, days out in and around Norfolk to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Norfolk.

Walk Through History in LEGO Bricks

We were really lucky to have had the chance to see the Brick History exhibition recently. It is touring Britain so do try and see it if you can!

The Artist

We saw the exhibition at the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.

According to a description on the wall, Warren Elsmore loves Lego. He spends his days creating models with the little plastic bricks. He has written books on Lego and takes commissions to recreate places, objects and events.

I love that his Twitter description says “and yes I do get to play with LEGO for a living”.

The exhibition is a whistle stop history tour.

Walk Through History in LEGO Bricks - The Artist
Walk Through History in LEGO Bricks - The Exhibition

The Exhibition

The exhibition itself is fascinating. It is divided into various sections - equality, exploration, transport, arts and conflict. There are models of events such as the handover of Hong Kong. The destruction of Pompeii and the first London underground train.

The detail is amazing and the use of the different bricks is incredible.

I always think of LEGO as bricks that hurt when you stand on them!

Warren and his team have created landscapes and they’ve used oblong and rectangular bricks to create curves. Really inspired to get out the box of LEGO I’ve been storing for the last umpteen years!

The Local Input

What I really loved was that the museum has placed a local Herefordian LEGO character in a standard display case.

We searched for characters as diverse as King Ethelbert to Jessica Raine. Also Ellie Goulding to Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda in Star Wars. And lots more!

There are also LEGO models all around the city to find. It was great fun to see the current mayor and a woolly mammoth sharing their space.

Walk Through History in LEGO Bricks - The Local Input
Walk Through History in LEGO Bricks - Did You Know

Did You Know

  • 2.16 million bricks are moulded every hour.
  • Laid end to end, the number of bricks sold in a year would reach more than 5 times around the world.
  • LEGO mini figures are the world’s largest population with over 4 billion of them around the world.
  • On average there are 80 LEGO bricks for every person on earth.
  • The world’s tallest LEGO tower is  made from 465,000 bricks and is 28.7m high.

Phew that’s a lot of LEGO!

Apparently, the exhibition will also visit Derby, Greenham Common and Norwich later this year and next. Click here for the dates.

Do let us know if you get a chance to see it.

9th May 2019

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Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

Have you tried an outdoor gym? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

15th March 2019

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