2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Volunteering: Get Involved

It wouldn’t be possible to run the National Festival of Making’s yearly programme and annual festival without the support of our fantastic volunteers. Every single volunteer helps MAKE these events what they are, by getting involved and supporting our work.



From information helpers to workshop assistants, there are many roles to suit all interests. Read on to find out more.


The National Festival of Making is a non-profit Community Interest Company that delivers creative projects throughout the year, and a large scale festival annually. We’re always looking to welcome volunteers with a keen interest in all things ‘making’ to support our programme and events.

There are lots of benefits to volunteering, here are some 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
  • You’ll be invited to a party to celebrate all your hard work and be presented with a certificate of appreciation


Each year we look for volunteers to help MAKE the National Festival of Making weekend.

The National Festival of Making will return to Blackburn town centre, Lancashire on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of July 2024!

Expect a weekend packed with things to do for all ages, including both bookable and drop-in making workshops, art and industry commissions, artisan craft and local food producers marketplaces, community embedded projects, curated maker’s markets, celebratory music and performances plus much more!



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, helping people navigate their way around the town and being a friendly and welcoming face.

Workshop helper – Helping a range of makers and crafters as they deliver workshops to the public.

Artwork invigilator – Meet the artist in advance to learn about the festival’s artworks, then discuss them and distribute information during the festival.

Evaluation team – if people are your thing then this is the perfect role for you, connecting with the public to find out what they liked about the festival. 

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.


Want to become a Festival Maker and volunteer across the weekend? Sign up now! 



Photography Credits: Robin Zahler and Derren Lee Poole.





2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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