12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

Festival goers can look forward to another year of free hands-on workshops, street performance and art installations as the National Festival of Making announces its return to Blackburn on the 12th & 13th of May this year.

Our unique festival attracted an incredible 30,000 visitors to the Blackburn last year with a unique range of activities including maker markets, street food, performances, digital maker technologies and around 100 have-a-go workshops – an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone!

Whether you learn to throw a clay bowl, create your own cardboard VR headset or learn an endangered craft, the festival team expect you to come away a new skill, inspiration or passion.

Working closely with local partners Blackburn with Darwen Council and Super Slow Way, the Festival of Making CIC aims to build on the brilliant success of last year to create a celebration of UK Making like no other.


We’d love for you to get involved!



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