2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Street Performance

We programme the best in quality street performers with storytelling, theatre and music themed around making, building, innovation and contraptions! Over the weekend look out for….

Boom Bike Bouree

The amazing BoomBike mobile sound system – At the festival the BoomBikes will be roaming the streets providing mobile tunes, festival information and spreading the good vibes of the festival around Blackburn.

The Flycycle & The Submercycle

A journey of your wildest dreams, aboard our famous traveling machines!

Come away with us on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard our famous traveling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle! Choose a traveling companion, find the Departure Lounge and we’ll take care of the rest. We take two at a time and dress you in hats so sublime. With Captain Bigshot, you’ll fly up up and away, crossing continents in turbulent adventures, or dive under the sea with Captain Calypso, encountering denizens of the deep. Under the sea or high in the sky, all ages are welcome. Together we’ll weave unforgettable stories.


Bee Cart

A mobile world of interaction and surreal but true information exploring all things Bees and Pollination.

Bombus and Borage have left the hive with their surreal and all too real Bee Cart loaded with inventions and super sized wonders from the natural world. Wonder at the energy needed to take off with the Flapper-winger-tronerators. Feel the power of the Buzz-pollinator. AND with your own eyes see what happens when you pollinate your own school friends and teachers. All this and you discover what you can do to help our tiny furry friends.


A curious cargo of songs, stories and routines. Gacko is the Royal Troubadour of Piel Island. Proudly promenading with Dolly, his peripatetic perambulator of performance. Ever ready to unload his curious cargo of songs, stories and routines, this wandering vagabond showman explores the nooks and crannies of Blackburn.



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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