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The Making Rooms

The Making Rooms

Contact Information

1 Exchange Street

Tel: 01254 460150

The Making Rooms, Blackburn is a place where creativity, technology and advanced manufacturing come together in a community facility for use by businesses, artists, inventors, students, children and just about everyone else to design and make anything from high-tech products and gadgets to toys, artworks, home decorations and t-shirts.

At the heart of The Making Rooms is a Fab Lab containing an impressive range of modern fabrication equipment combining advanced manufacturing with traditional craft processes including 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, CNC machining, pottery, sculpture and screen printing, to name but a few.

The facility can be used for personal fabrication and hobbies, commercial prototyping and artwork, testing new processes & equipment, technical and creative training, education, or just plain fun!

The Making Rooms is an independent Community Interest Company (CiC) which aims to:

Help create more jobs in the creative and manufacturing sectors by enabling and supporting new business creationImprove employability by giving people future creative and technical skillsIncrease participation in Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and The ArtsImprove the well-being of Lancashire residents by providing fun, interesting and self-development activities and enabling people to design and make their own products

The Making Rooms Fab Lab runs free, open access days every week for anyone to come along and design and make their own stuff. There is also a Fab Cafe serving drinks, cakes & biscuits. 

Opening Hours

Monday09:00-17:00 Events, training, machine hire and commercial prototyping

Tuesday09:00-17:00 Events, training, machine hire and commercial prototyping

Wednesday09:00-17:00 Events, training, machine hire and commercial prototyping

Thursday09:00-17:00 Events, training, machine hire and commercial prototyping

Friday09:00-17:00 Free public open access

Saturday09:00-17:00 Free public open access


We may also occasionally provide access for groups or events during the evenings.

*Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult on open access days. 14 & 15 year-olds must provide a parent’s contact telephone number whilst at The Making Rooms.

Road Directions

The Making Rooms are located in the centre of Blackburn ,just opposite Blackburn with Darwen Town Hall & close to The Mall Shopping Centre.

Public Transport Directions

It's is only a short walk from the main rail & bus stations in Blackburn. 

Please contact Blackburn Visitor Centre for details of up to date public transport information 01254 688040

For information outside normal office hours contact Traveline 0871 2002223 or National Rail 08457 484920

Opening Times

1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019



  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

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