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Festival of Making 2017

Festival of Making

Contact Information

Blackburn Town Centre
King William Street

The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn on Saturday, 6th May and Sunday, 7th May 2017. This is an opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors to Blackburn town centre as The Festival of Making takes over the streets with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone.

With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative makers working from homes and studios in Lancashire and around the North West of England, the festival will be a vibrant celebration of our unrivalled making heritage and its bright future.

Deliberately set in the producing heartland of Blackburn, the festival will explore and celebrate the present day diversity in the range, scale and skills of UK-based making. Manufacturers large and small will collaborate with artists on a series of new commissions, interlacing often traditional techniques and materials with challenging, contemporary ideas, each to be revealed as part of the final two day, town centre festival.

The National Festival of Making focuses on 8 festival themes and promises to entertain you with:

Art In Manufacturing

The results of this series of remarkable collaborations will be discovered in unusual locations as we unite artists and local industrial manufacturers in a creative embrace.

Fantastic Food Traders

Eat, Drink and Discover, irresistible street food traders who shake up your taste buds as you sample their goods.

Makers Market

Supporting entrepreneurs and creatives who take their hobbies to the next level, take home the best in British making as you browse handmade items from our favourite art, design and crafts people.

Front Room Factories – on film:

Premiering at The National Festival of Making, a series of specially commissioned films featuring the families who turn their homes into production lines.

Workshops and Talks

Fun, supportive and revealing events in the company of professional makers that give visitors of any background and age the chance to discover their flair for making. This festival is hands on!

Live music and street performance

An innovative and creative range of performers will mingle into the crowds or have you tapping your feet to the beat at unusual locations all weekend.

Exhibitions and demonstrations

From adventurous and innovative makers whos passion for design and invention has evolved innovative products.

Road Directions

In the centre of Blackburn close to The Mall shopping centre. 

Public Transport Directions

Within 10 minutes walk of the rail & bus station. There are good public transport links to all surrounding towns & cities.

Contact Blackburn Visitor Centre for further details 01254 688040.

For information outside normal office hours: Traveline 0871 200 2223 or National Rail 08457 484950

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Opening Times

6 May 2017 to 7 May 2017


Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Transport and Parking in Blackburn and Darwen