If your kids are Lego fans, then a visit to the family-run Brick Corner café in Buxton is an absolute must. Here there are boxes galore of Lego for your kids to play with and let their imaginations go wild, whilst parents sit back with a coffee and slice of cake in peace (although by all means, there are no age limits if parents want to get involved!)
Disclaimer: The Peak District Kids team were invited to partake in a complimentary Lego WeDo Taster session, is exchange for this honest review and social media coverage.
Plus, there are Lego robotic and coding sessions to get involved in. These are 90 mins (approx.) sessions where kids follow a guided Lego build, and then code their build to move! Prices start from £7.50 per session. Click here for the October half term sessions.
What to expect from your visit to Brick Corner
Cake and Lego – what’s not to love? But which will the kids be drawn to first?
On entering this quirky café, you will notice LEGO everywhere! From the flying aeroplanes, to the numbers on the tables, the builds on the shelves, and stacks of boxes ready to be opened. There’s also DUPLO for younger kids. Each box is labelled with a suggested build with instructions inside.
There are a delicious range of cakes on offer, all locally sourced, as well as a hot and cold drinks (there are three different types of hot chocolate to try). Do note that there is no food menu (aside from cake), so this isn’t a place to come for a meal.
Lego WeDo Taster session
Lego build sessions are run and organised by ex-CDT teacher and Dad of the family, Dave. He has a fantastic manner with kids, and really gets them engaged in the session.
There are variety sessions to do, but our two boys (aged 6 and 7) tried the Lego WeDo Taster session, which introduces Lego Robotics, and explores some simple mechanisms and coding; they were absolutely in their element.
Dave started the session by checking that everyone was on the same page with naming the various LEGO pieces and a few fun facts (did you know, LEGO is the biggest car wheel manufacturer in the world?). Next they followed the instructions on the screen to build their LEGO creation, with the help of Dave.
The boys built a robotic frog, and after adding some customisations, it was time for the coding. Most kids are used to touch-screen technology, so some kids may find moving the mouse on the laptop a little tricky, but Dave is there to help. Using a coding program, they can they code the movements for their frog and watch it go! Brilliant fun!
At the end of the session, kids are then asked to break down their build and replace everything back into the box.
Where to find Brick Corner
Brick Corner is located in the heart of Buxton, just off the A515 and a 5 minute stroll from the Pavilion Gardens. Click here for the location on Google Maps; post code is SK17 6JZ.
Parking for Brick Corner Café
There is a small pay and display car park just opposite Brick Corner (cash only, £1.80 for two hours).
What else is there to do nearby?
Brick Corner is a great place to come after a hike up Solomon’s Temple or a visit to Poole’s Cavern. And if you’ve got young kids, you can’t visit Buxton without a visit to the fantastic playground in the Pavilion Gardens. More ideas over on our guide for visiting Buxton with kids.
Head to the Brick Corner Facebook Page for up-to-date information on Lego sessions and opening times. Please note that Brick Corner is closed on Sundays and Mondays.