2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

The National Festival of Making Returns

1st February 2018

Festival Founder Wayne Hemingway says: “This is the festival for anyone and everyone interested in how special things are made, who makes them and are interested in having a go themselves, tasting innovative foods, buying handmade products and getting close to stirring street performances, art and technology.

People told us that they’d never seen Blackburn fill up and feel as vitally vibrant as it did over the two days of The National Festival of Making in 2017, proving that bringing everyone together can change not only perceptions of what making can be, but of the town itself. Anyone that missed out has another chance to join us and it’s an opportunity not to be missed.



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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