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The National Festival Of Making

Starts: 12th May 2018

A free family celebration of making and manufacturing.


Start Date

12th May 2018

End Date

13th May 2018


Cathedral Square & Town Hall Square



The National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, 2018, returning for it's second year. As an opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors to Blackburn town centre, the festival will take over the streets with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone. 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. 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 promises a vibrant celebration of our unrivalled making heritage and its bright future. Blackburn will come alive with things to see and do over the festival weekend and everybody is invited.

Visitors can amuse the senses through exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks & debates, conferences, films, writings, artworks, place-based interventions, music, theatre, products, awards, shopping, selling, and food drink all woven into the festival themes.

Disabled Facilities

Disabled parking & toilets available, venues are DDA accessible. Please contact producers for more information -


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