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National Festival of Making

The Festival returns to Blackburn with a new June date for 2019

Time & Date: Saturday 15th June to Sunday 16th June

The National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the factory floor to the kitchen table. Presenting a programme of work that combines Art, Manufacturing, Making and Communities – commissioning international and national artists to create world class works and a participatory FREE FAMILY festival for all to enjoy.

We’re pleased to announce that the festival will return in June 2019 with an even more ambitious programme of making and digital technologies, hands-on maker workshops, innovative art installations and a full festival programme of activity.

Taking place over two festival days, with long term projects running throughout the year, The National Festival of Making takes over the streets of Blackburn with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Blackburn – and Pennine Lancashire – are rich in heritage and thrive with industrious makers and manufacturers. We’re proud that the town and its people have welcomed the festival back to showcase their skills and spirit and to welcome the nation’s best and most innovative makers and shakers. 

The 15th & 16th June 2019 will see a town-wide takeover of Blackburn centre, with hundreds of things to make, see, hear and do, from Town Hall Square to the Cathedral Quarter. We’re currently putting together a programme of music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and workshops and would love to hear from you if you’d like to be involved – sign up to our newsletter below to keep up to date with news and programme updates.

To catch up with the latest programme announcements, as well as information on how to get involved, visit

News and opportunities will also be posted on the festival’s social media channels at:



Various Venues
Blackburn Town Centre