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National Festival of Making Free Family Festival

24th April 2017

Categories: Town Centre News

The National Festival of Making is a FREE family festival where people of all ages can see, try, taste and hear things they’ll have never seen, tried, tasted or heard before on Sat 6 – Sun 7 May 2017 in Blackburn, Lancashire. The full programme has now been announced, so visit www.festivalofmaking.co.uk/whats-on to see what you can see and do over two, special days.

Live appearances from personalities including TV chefs and food entrepreneurs Gizzi Erskine, Aldo Zilli and Nigel Howarth are part of the exciting events announced, alongside opportunities to try tantalising street food from Polish Kielbasa to Vegan Mexican Churros, find art installations in unusual places, pick up specially made goods at not one, but two markets and activities to get everyone ‘hands on’ whether casting objects in plaster, printing posters or making music.

Alongside anticipated street-swelling visitor numbers, Blackburn’s town centre will see dramatic transformations in the addition of the festival hub, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) Pavilion (Town Hall Square), BBC Treehouse (Cathedral Square) and a series of unusual, architecturally-designed, wooden MakerSheds (Cathedral Square). For two, inspiring days, Blackburn cements its status as the UK’s current capital of making.

Wayne Hemingway, Co-Founder of The Festival of Making, said: “This festival is unmissable; there can be no doubt about it. This is the first such celebration of making in this country and whether someone is an aspiring maker, curious about how things are made, crazy about shopping for the handmade or simply wish to soak up the festival atmosphere with good food, drink and live performances, they will find what they are looking for here. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Blackburn.”

Taking place in places open to the public, the vast majority of National Festival of Making events happen over both days between 11am – 6pm and are completely FREE to attend. Some events may have different times, be limited entry, require advance booking and/or incur a small charge, in which case such conditions are made clear on the website.

For further updates you’re invited to sign up to the mailing list via the festival website and join the festival on social media at www.twitter.com/festofmaking, www.facebook.com/festofmaking and www.instagram.com/thefestivalofmaking

The National Festival of Making

Sat 6 – Sun 7 May 2017


Blackburn, Lancashire (Various Town Centre Locations)

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