Darlington School Boy Wins National Competition Print

James Waine, 11, has won the national LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel design competition

James Waine, 11 years old from Darlington, has been crowned winner of the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort’s LEGO® model design competition after topping a public vote with his knight on horseback concept.

With support from locals and the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s social media community who voted in their thousands on the LEGOLAND Facebook page, James has won a once in a lifetime opportunity to be an official designer for the Resort’s new knight and wizard themed Castle Hotel.

James’ tournament ready LEGO knight on horseback design, decorated with shields, will now be brought to life as a 6ft LEGO® model by LEGOLAND Model Makers and placed in the hotel ahead of its opening in July 2017. The prize will also see James place the final brick on his model at a grand unveiling, before becoming one of the first guests to stay at the magical new hotel.

On hearing he was crowned winner of the national competition James, commented, “It’s a dream come true because I want to be a theme park designer when I grow up! I can’t wait to see my model made out of LEGO and to stay in the hotel - I really want to sleep in one of the knight themed bedrooms.”


 James aged 11 has been crowned winner for his knight on horseback design with interactive shields 

The competition’s runners-up, Charlie Hamdi, aged nine from Hereford, and Enya, aged nine from West Sussex, have also won a stay at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel as a prize for their impressive entries.

The LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel

A new premium Castle themed family hotel will open at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort on 1 July 2017, featuring 61 knights and wizards themed rooms - each with separate sleeping areas for adults and children. Booking is now open, with prices from £572 for a family room (2 adults /2 children) including breakfast, park tickets for two days plus special exclusive benefits. For bookings and more information visit: www.legoland.co.uk/castle 

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Notes To Editors:

  • LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. (c)2017 The LEGO Group.
  • The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park where children aged 2 -12 can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety.  It has over 55 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools, not to mention a staggering 80 million LEGO® bricks, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. 
  • There are six other LEGOLAND® parks in the world – LEGOLAND® Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND® California in the U.S.A, LEGOLAND® Florida, LEGOLAND® Deutschland in Germany, LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Malaysia.
  • Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.27,000 employees (peak season). Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.