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The Maker’s Market Returns for 2019

National Festival of Making 2019

The Maker’s Market returns to The National Festival of Making 

Sun 16 June 2019 - King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire

Part of The National Festival of Making’s success over the last two years, attracting up to 40,000 people to Lancashire, has been the opportunity to shop for unexpected, conversation-starting handmade products at the Makers’ Market, which returns to King George’s Hall for 2019.

Unlike other artisan or weekend markets, the curated selection of makers shines a light on their talents and purposely supports independent entrepreneurship. The meaningful exchange between visitors and maker’s is deepened as stall holders actively make on their stalls and hold workshops and demonstrations.

For a third year many of the UK’s most exciting independent makers gather at The National Festival of Making’ Makers Market to tempt visitors with their conversation-starting products. Coming together for one weekend-only at King George’s Hall, Blackburn on Sat 15 – Sun 16 June 2019, visitors will have the choice of handmade jewellery, homewares, limited run fashion items and affordable art and more, from over 50 indie traders making their way to the heart of Lancashire.

Amongst the already confirmed makers, handpicked by expert, maker’s market curators, Hopeful and Glorious, are InkFlo Store from Manchester with a range of loveable animal character prints, while String Effects of Bury put the rock and roll into jewellery by recycling retired guitar strings. The Mountain and Me visit from Rossendale with wooden, hand painted brooches and more, while The Old Man and Magpie from Leigh stand out for their hand-poured, candles with aroma of tobacco, orange and black pepper to name just a few. Loela from Saddleworth bring a range of ‘must have’ abstract, multi-colour jewellery in assemblages of metallics and fabrics, with Cushii of Preston treating everyone to unmissable Custard and Bourbon Cream cushions to bring a sweet touch to any sofa.

Distinct from other artisan, weekend markets, the festival combines support for maker’s entrepreneurship with meaningful public exchanges beyond each transaction, with many makers also hosting workshops and demonstrations to introduce and pass on their skills in hands-on opportunities. Whether learning how to make a lampshade, having a go at screen printing or willow weaving, shoppers may leave with more than they bargained for.

To catch up with the latest announcements about the makers visiting The National Festival of Making 2019, as well as information on how to get involved, visit

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