Newcastle's Life Science Centre is challenging Lego fans to build models with a North East twist.

From the Tyne Bridge to a Greggs' pasty - Lego creators are being encouraged to get creative and enter their design in the Local Lego Legends contest.

And anyone who submits their creations this summer will be in with a chance of winning a one-on-one building workshop in the studio of renowned local artist Steve Mayes.

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"All over the world, people of all ages are creating amazing bespoke Lego models covering all themes, it will be wonderful to see what local Lego fans can come up with to depict our North East icons," said Steve.

"Whether that's the Tyne Bridge, a Greggs pasty or Jordan Pickford saving that penalty at the Euros, I can't wait to see what people come up with."

The contest is inspired by some of the incredible creations on display at the centre throughout the summer holidays.

The creations include Steve's detailed models of Stephenson's Rocket locomotive and the Metro – both synonymous with the North East.

LEGO® creators are encouraged to get creative and submit their North East inspired creations to the Local LEGO® Legends contest this summer
LEGO® creators are encouraged to get creative and submit their North East inspired creations to the Local LEGO® Legends contest this summer

The centre is also exhibiting a collection of new models from Lego artist Warren Elsmore, with an incredible four-metre-long airport landing in the science centre.

The closing date for the competition is midday on Wednesday, August 11 and the finalists will be judged on August 18 by Steve and a member of the Life team.

Linda Conlon, Life's chief executive, said: "I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with.

"The Lego models currently on display at Life are great inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.

"We're delighted to be back open to the public this summer and there is a fantastic vibe in the science centre, with visitors once again engaging in our fun and interactive exhibits and being inspired to unleash their inner inventor in the newly redesigned Making Studios."

Alongside the Lego creations, there are many activities and exhibits to see across the centre.

For more creative fun, families can build a wind-powered toy of their own design or explore a world of ingenious inventions with a live science show that is full of bangs and explosions.

The Space Zone, complete with a recreation of part of the International Space Station, is an out-of-this-world experience, which features an Earth observation deck, a real piece of the Moon and even the chance to sit on a space toilet.

And there's still lots to keep the youngest members of the family entertained, including the planetarium show Naughty Monstersin the Sky and pop-up play areas around the centre.

To submit an entry into the Local LEGO® Legends, email a picture of your model to [email protected]. Full details of the competition and terms and conditions is available at life.org.uk/LEGO-Legends.

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