11th & 12th June 2022


On this page, you’ll be able to find out all about volunteering at the National Festival of Making in Blackburn on the 11th & 12th of June 2022. We even have a handy application form right at the bottom of the page.

Q: What is the Festival of Making?

A: A national celebration of making in Blackburn Town Centre

We take over Blackburn town centre with an explosion of maker and digital technologies, have-a-go workshops, food stalls, international performance, art exhibits, music, food and markets. Last year 100+ volunteers helped us attract 30,000 people visitors and make splash on national television. This year we need your help to put Blackburn on the map with an even bigger, brighter and bolder festival, bringing together Blackburn’s communities for a brilliant celebration of creativity.

Q: Why be a Festival Maker?

A: There are lots of benefits to volunteering! Here are a few of the big ones

  • Have loads of fun and feel part of a team
  • Meet all kinds of new people
  • Give something back to the local area
  • Learn about making, crafts, art, technology and design
  • Get professional training in your role
  • Experience and confidence in the world of work
  • A rather chic t-shirt
  • A contribution towards your travel expenses
  • Learn about making, crafts, art, technology and design
  • Taking part in a national festival looks great on your CV
  • We’ll provide you with a sparkling reference in return for your time

Q: What can I do?

A: There are lots of things to experience at the National Festival of Making and we have many roles to reflect this

Information point helpers – Meeting and greeting the public and providing information about the festival (good for: friendly & helpful people, smilers, hospitality and event production students)

Workshop helper – Helping a range of makers and crafters as they deliver workshops to the public (good for: learning new crafts! those who enjoy hobbies and crafting in their spare time, Art and Design students)

Artwork invigilator – Meet the artist in advance to learn about the festival’s heritage artworks, then discuss them and distribute information during the festival (good for: people interested in art or history, chatty people and art & design students)

Evaluation team – if people are your thing then this is perfect role for you, connecting with the public to find out what they liked about the festival (good for: the curious, hospitality and event students)

There was such a positive vibe and a beautiful diverse turnout that celebrated everything Lancashire is and was.

Zainab Bilal


Q: What Will Happen if I Volunteer?

A: We will only ask you to help when you can and we’ll never ask you to do something you don’t want to do. Here’s a timeline to help you imagine what it’s like

Click the link above to apply for the festival now. If you have any questions then drop us an email here





2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

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

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