National Festival of Making


Really excited about the first National Festival of Making in Blackburn on Saturday 7 and Sunday 7 May 2017.  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, the festival promises a vibrant celebration of Britain’s unrivalled making heritage and its bright future.

The festival promises Blackburn will come alive with things to see and do over the festival weekend. We are especially looking forward the festival’s ‘Making History’ theme and hope that the Townscape Heritage Project will be able to contribute to the programme of events with a few talks, tours and activity.


Heritage in the making at Darwen Terracotta 

The festival’s headline project, the Art in Manufacturing – a co-commission between Festival of Making and Super Slow Way will see 10 artists undertaking residencies with some of Lancashire’s most innovative and world leading manufacturers including our friends at Darwen Terracotta. The results of which will be a town centre trail of works installed at the festival, illuminating the region’s incredible making heritage with contemporary works.

Find out more at the festival website