THIS WEEKEND: National Festival of Making

Published Friday 10 June 2022 at 12:56

Who’s ready for National Festival of Making this weekend?

WHAT: National Festival of Making
WHEN: Sat 11th & Sun 12th June, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Blackburn Town Centre

Come and join us in a unique celebration of making, from the kitchen table to the factory floor.

There is something for everyone at this FREE FAMILY festival, including…

– Bookable and drop-in making workshops
– Art and industry commissions
– Artisan craft and local food producers markets
– Community projects
– Celebratory music and performance
– Film screenings
& much, much more.

We’re encouraging everyone to join us for the unofficial opening of the festival at 11am on Cathedral Square with Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant.

Special guests of the festival include Keith Brymer Jones, judge on Great Pottery Throw Down, in conversation with designer Wayne Hemingway and Ri Ri’s Dance Academy, who return to lead Bollywood performances and workshops.

Events are popping up all across the town centre, including our very own Blackburn Museum and Blackburn Library, The Mall, along Ainsworth Street and outside Cathedral Square.

Trust us – you don’t want to miss out!

Cllr Phil Riley, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be hosting the National Festival of Making for a fourth year and are very much looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors alike, bringing communities together for a fantastic celebration of art, creativity, making and fun.

The Festival creates a massive buzz about our borough, drawing in visitors from all over the world, supporting local business and letting people know more about Blackburn and what we have to offer.

Our town is one with a heritage rich in manufacturing, and playing host to the National Festival of Making underlines how important this still is to us.

We look forward to seeing you there!”

The fourth edition of the National Festival of Making weekend returns to Blackburn on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June 2022⁠.

Visit to view the full programme and book workshops.

View information about road closures here.

Stay up to date with all things NFM by following the team on social media:
Instagram: @thefestivalofmaking
Twitter: @festofmaking
Facebook: /festofmaking

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