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The LEGO Group, JB Gill and National Trust launch the Young Explorer Competition


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The LEGO Group UK and Ireland and National Trust have teamed up to launch their first ever Young Explorer competition, inspiring kids across the UK to get creative in the outdoors this summer.

To coincide with National Play Day (5th August) and National Trust’s Play Week (running from the 3rd – 10th of August), budding explorers aged 12-and-under are being encouraged this summer to create the most imaginative and adventurous nature scenes – using LEGO Bricks, LEGO Minifigures and the great outdoors – to be in with a chance of winning the coveted prize. Once the scene is created, parents can submit their kid’s creative scenes on Facebook, along with a caption explaining the creative story behind the image, using the hashtag #LEGOYoungExplorer. 

As more families than ever plan to have a stay-cation this year and enjoy the great British summer, the Young Explorer competition aims to inspire and empower families to get hands-on with nature and experience their very own play-cation. 

But don’t fret if you don’t have access to sprawling fields, kids can get creative with their bricks wherever they want – in a plant pot on the windowsill, in the garden, local park or a National Trust place – nowhere is too small for a LEGO summer adventure.

The winner will be decided by a panel of expert judges, including celebrity farmer and nature expert JB Gill, LEGO Play Agent David Pallash, National Trust Play Specialist Anita Stevens and a young ambassador from the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood – with the creator behind the most imaginative and creative scene crowned the LEGO ‘Young Explorer’ for 2020/21. As well as securing this coveted title and their scene shared on the two brand’s social channels, the winner will also receive a plethora of prizes – including a year’s supply of LEGO sets, a free 12-month National Trust family membership and a bundle of National Trust story books!

JB Gill, LEGO Young Explorer Ambassador says, “The summer holidays should be filled with fun! That’s why a play-cation – whether that’s in your back garden, a local park or a National Trust place – is a brilliant excuse to grab some LEGO bricks, fire up your imagination and get creative in the great outdoors. As a farmer, a lover of the great outdoors and as a parent myself, I know just how important it is to explore nature as a family and there’s no better time than summer to do this.”

To inspire creativity, David Pallash, LEGO Play Agent has shared their top tips for getting creative with bricks in the outdoors this summer. Remember you don’t need lots of bricks, just lots of imagination! 

  1. Let your imagination run wild: Maybe it’s a purple spotted dragon flying over a daisy village or a bear vs kangaroo dance-off in your windowsill herb pots – there’s no limit when it comes to creativity! When you’re done creating, make sure you leave nature as you found it and take home your LEGO bricks, so you can play again and again. 
  2. Creative Colours: Think about all the different shades you find in nature; greens, blues, pinks and more, and incorporate as many as you can to ensure your scene is an explosion of colour
  3. No garden, no problem: If you can’t access a field or forest to set up your scene, get creative in a plant pot or on a windowsill with the view as a backdrop for what you build…
  4. Four Seasons: Just because it is summer doesn’t mean it has to be in your imagination – find some ice to make a snow scene or create a downpour using a watering-can!

National Trust Play Specialist Anita Stevens says: “Summer 2020 is set to look a little different to the norm, but that doesn’t mean families have to miss out on adventure. As it’s Play Week, we’ve joined forces with The LEGO Group to encourage families to explore nature, however big or small! The outdoors is waiting for you and the National Trust has lots of coast and countryside places for you to enjoy as a family.”  

The Young Ultimate Explorer Competition – How to Take Part

  1. Grab a camera, some LEGO bricks and Minifigures and fire up your imagination
  2. Create the ultimate nature scene using Minifigures and LEGO bricks. Whether the scene is created on a windowsill, in the garden, a local park or a National Trust place, no location is too small for a LEGO adventure
  3. Ask a parent or guardian to submit your picture on the Young Explorer post on The LEGO Group UK and Ireland’s Facebook page, making sure to tag @nationaltrust and use #LEGOYoungExplorer 
  4. Make sure they include your imaginative story alongside the post of your image telling us what you’ve built and what you imagine is happening in your scene – the more creative the better!
  5. Entries will close on 9th September 

For more information on the competition please visit and for more information on the planned activities for National Trust and Play Week please visit

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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