2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July


4th May 2018

With just one week to go until the second National Festival of Making it’s time to make plans with our 56-page activity-packed programme!

This year we’ve crammed even more activities into Blackburn town centre: 140 making- themed events across more than 30 town-centre venues including 40 hands-on workshops, 34-tonnes of advanced manufacturing technology, 5-tonnes of industrial-era machinery and a tonne of fresh clayseven brand-new artwork installations, four maker marketplaces and one very special Spanish circus troupe. A breathless list for a breathless festival weekend.

Open the programme at any page and you’ll find countless FREE activities brimming with inspiration. Whether you dismantle a virtual jet engine, shop the newest emerging makers or spot the next big thing in music at the BBC Introducing Stage you can’t fail to find something to excite. You might find yourself sampling fantastic food, travelling in time to a 1980s wedding preparation celebrating British Asian culture or gaining exclusive festival access to Blackburn’s hidden heritage & architectural gems; learning the latest fashion techniques, channeling your inner breakdancer or simply enjoying the spectacle – it’s all here waiting to be discovered.



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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