The Great LEGO® Build of 2017

Many thanks to Sewell Mullings Logie LLP for generous sponsorship

of the LEGO® model and ALL who have bought modules or

subsidised modules for local good causes to build.  If your business

would like to sponsor a module, please contact: –

Bring the family to Cirencester for a day of fun

This is amazing – how did you think of it?” (Visitor from Alaska)

This is the year of fun for all the family, not least because of the Great LEGO build.  Since April, visitors to the town as well as residents can be part of a unique opportunity to rebuild Cirencester Abbey in LEGO.  The Abbey was destroyed in 1539 as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.  Razed to the ground, few people have a sense of  the grandeur of the Abbey Church or the importance of the Abbey as an institution.  All that is left are the stones in the grass. But that is all changing.

Bright Bricks, the only authorized designer of LEGO in Britain, worked with the Abbey 900 team to recreate a realistic interpretation of how the Abbey may have looked in about 1400.  Except for Sunday mornings and when the church is being used for services the model will be open six days a week between 10.00 – 16.00 (Sundays between 13.00 – 16.00); a team of stewards help the public to place a brick on the model.  We ask for a donation of £1 per brick, and the money raised will go towards a project to help restore the Abbey Grounds.

“I learned so much about history through talking to the stewards; what a fascinating insight” (Visitor from Cheltenham)

Progress since the start in April has been impressive, but we still need as many people as possible to come in and place a brick if we are to achieve our target of completing the build by the end of October 2017.

Model on April 11th

Model on 9th June


Educate, Engage and Enhance

We are also running an outreach programme, mainly for primary schools, engaging with the children about the history of the abbey and having a ‘practise build’ of the abbey with some of the LEGO bricks we haven’t yet needed for the main model. We have helped to match fundraising by schools, to enable the children to place one or more bricks on a module of the abbey model, which acts as a lasting reminder of their participation in the project. Participating schools have their names on the back of the module they built.

“This is fun – I want to come in every day”  (Local Child)

Look out for the little monks and see what each of them is up to: there are some surprises!

And you too can join in.  As well as placing your own brick we are looking for those of you who could offer to steward a few hours each fortnight.


Please donate at least £1 to place one brick on the model – and repeat often!

For a bigger donation, you can sponsor a section of the Abbey – like a window or a pillar, that you can either build yourself (maybe as part of a team-building event) or that you can donate to a school or local group to build on your behalf. Look out for more information or contact Barbara (details below).

The LEGO model really is fun for all the family! Why not bring the kids down over the holidays for a good day out – after all, who doesn’t like playing with LEGO? It really will be an amazing sight, and visiting gives you even more of a chance to get involved in a project that will improve the grounds for everyone.

WHERE – the model will live in Cirencester Parish Church for the duration of the build. An outreach programme will be available to enable groups and schools to construct parts of the model in their own spaces – all the more reason to sponsor a section!

WHEN – the build will be open to the public on Tuesday 11 April 2017 and will run for 6 months until October. Except for Sunday mornings and during other church services, it will be open from 1000 – 1600 each day.


  • Crocodile Toys (buy online – easy!)
  • Boutique 3
  • Loaded Grill
  • C B Slade
  • Jacks
  • Corinium Museum
  • Moore & Allen
  • Cirencester Antiques
  • M.A.D.E
  • Sydney Free Saddles Ltd
  • D&J Sports
  • Prints & Threads
  • New Brewery Arts
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Barclays
  • Hardcastles
  • Thames Head Public House

Click the crocodile to visit the page to buy bricks!

WANT MORE? – want to get close up and personal with the Abbey model? Then become one of our many volunteer “Festival Ambassadors” who will oversee the build. Contact William (details below) for more information.



Barbara Cooper – LEGO Project Champion –

William Cooper – (for volunteering to help oversee the build) –

Tel (both) 01285 885590