6th - 7th May 2017 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The first National Festival of Making happens in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative makers working from homes and studios in Lancashire and around the North West of England, the festival promises a vibrant celebration of Britain’s unrivalled making heritage and its bright future.

Blackburn will come alive with things to see and do over the festival weekend and everybody is invited.

Visitors will be able to see, taste and hear things they’ve never seen, tasted or heard before at this FREE family festival. Innovative art installations, hands-on workshops, live performances and markets promoting handmade products, including fine foods and craft ales, give visitors chance to celebrate the unique diversity, innovation and skills in British making and manufacturing in unexpected and inspiring ways.

Explore the website to find out more about the festival highlights!

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