Live our your dreams of being a music producer in our bus top studio
Learn what it takes to survive on the dancefloor with Felix Somerville
Storytelling workshops with an urban twist
Superstar DJ sessions for young and old
Join us for a tour through the Talbot Archive, a stunning photographic record of Lancashire life from the 30s to the 90s
The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image
Shop till you drop with the area’s freshest makers and shakers!
Learn the ancient South Asian technique of ‘Kantha’ and expand your sewing horizons
Try your hand at traditional leatherworking skills and walk away with a hand-crafted item
Revisit the incredible outcomes of 2017’s inaugural Art in Manufacturing project
Our multi-award winning streetfood vendors are arriving in their magnificent manchines
Colourful tapestry mandalas may give you a new perspective on making and time
Make a unique, urban-inspired pendant in our free, walk-in workshop
An exclusive preview of Gawthorpe Hall’s Exhibition and a super-stylish workshop will leave you with new inspiration and skills.
Dismantle a virtual jet engine and meet a fully automated robot in our high-tech paradise
A vibrant, unmissable and FREE street performance that brings the ingenuity of making dramatically to life
Soundscape experiences, abandoned ballrooms, a corrugated cardboard cinema and a procession of tons of machinery are among this year’s highlights
Get hi-tech in our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Maths Pavilion!
Make a track, make a move, make a story or make a mix in workshops provided by music industry experts
Try the beautiful art of goldwork hand embroidery, where metal threads make sumptuous stitches.
Come along, cook – then eat for free!
Help us create the town’s biggest ever participatory sculpture with Clayground’s mammoth ton-of-clay workshop
Create your own colourful cactus plantscape to take home in this fascinating workshop.
Use ancient techniques to make your own jewellery.
The finest in locally produced food will get your taste buds tingling.
What gems will you pick up?
Artist Dawinder Bansal recreates the making of a 1980s South Asian wedding in Blackburn town centre
Family Workshops | Art Maker Technologies Street Theatre | Markets Music | Street Food & much, much more!
The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund