There are several ways to contribute or collaborate, please contact us using the details outlined in the area of your interest below and provide as much detail about your ideas and where possible images of your work to or follow the links detailed below.

Volunteers and stewards

We always welcome volunteers especially for stewarding the event or getting involved with set up, it can be great experience for those interested in a future in events, festivals or creative industries. Let us know you are interested in volunteering at the event by filling out this online form.


Makers Market

Curated by Hopeful and Glorious, the best makers and crafts around will be carefully curated into a stylish market selling skillfully made goods. The Makers Market offers craftspeople considerately priced pitches with a large audience to encourage new talent to sell their wares. The market will showcase makers of ceramics, knitting, embroidery, metal-working, screen printing, 3D printing, woodworking and more. Click here for information and the application form.


Food Traders and Producers

The Festival of Making will have a number of locations offering food from vendor stands and catering vans. We‘re looking for great tasting food sold from great looking pitches. We’re especially open to those who would like to use demonstrations or teach sessions to showcase their food products and who offer home cooked or skilled dishes. If you’re a food producer making incredible produce in Lancashire or beyond we want to hear from you too, so get in touch to find out about selling your products at the Festival of Making, Food Producers Market. Click here to email us and request an application form.



Festival of Making will exhibit some of today’s most innovative technology, new products and crafted work to the public and we invite those of you who are developing products to use the event as a platform to showcase your project. Work in development stages is also welcome at Festival of Making. Click here to send us an email detailing your work.


Workshops hosts

The festival programme centres on providing hands on maker experiences to the public. Artists, makers, craftspeople and designers are invited to propose fun, family friendly workshops for the festival audiences. To propose a workshop please email click here to email an outline of your activity; and provide any relevant images of your work and website links.


Schools and education groups

Attendance at the festival is free for entry and would make an ideal day trip for school groups. With advanced notice of a larger group attending we can arrange a specific workshop slot of your school group in suitable workshops. A collaborative maker project has been specially commissioned for this event, which requires the collation of many smaller hand made items from individuals to create one spectacular art installation at the festival. The artists will engage school groups to make items to bring and contribute to the art piece and will be carrying out special workshops in a select number of schools prior to the event. If you want to know how to participate or want to find out more about the workshops click here to email us and we will ensure you receive information regarding workshops.


12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team


The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund