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Festival of Making 2019

Festival of Making 2019

Contact Information

Blackburn Town Centre
King William Street

Returning to Blackburn for a third year, The National Festival of Making will take place on Saturday,15th  and Sunday, 16th June 2019.

A uniquely innovative fixture on the UK festivals calendar, 40,000 people attended the 2018 edition to take part in an array of making activities, encounter outdoor performances, innovations in science and technology and art installations alongside the finest in food, drink and handmade design.

Festival organisers, including co-founder, Wayne Hemingway MBE, call on artists and British manufacturers to get involved in an even more ambitious event in 2019.

Britain’s revolution in hands-on creativity, contemporary manufacturing and tech-led making   shows no sign of slowing and the festival that shouts loudest about the brilliance of the nation’s makers, The National Festival of Making, will return to Blackburn, Lancashire on Sat 15 – Sun 16 June 2019. Entering its third year, the free-to-attend festival moves to a summer date for the first time.

Attracting 40,000 people to Britain’s making and manufacturing heartland of Lancashire in 2018, visitors to the ambitious, town centre event can expect to encounter more makers in workshops for all ages and backgrounds, find the work of renowned artists in unusual locations and indulge in independent market shopping. 

10,800 individuals sat down to make, in over 100 workshop sessions during the festival weekend last year, engaging people with makers as diverse as leatherworkers, engineers, ceramicists, chefs, technologists and fashion designers.  Shortlisted in the prestigious UK Festival Awards for Best Family Festival and Best Non- Music Festival, recognising the festival’s inclusive atmosphere of discovery and celebration, as well as clinching Visit Lancashire’s Tourism Awards, Large Event of the Year accolade, the festival is set to grow to meet demand.


Road Directions

In various venues & on the streets around the centre of Blackburn. 

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 03457 484950

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  • Sub-Regional Awards Lancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Large Event Award 2018



Opening Times

15 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019


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  • In town/city centre
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