The National Festival of Making

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The National Festival of Making
The National Festival of Making

The National Festival of Making at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn 6 — 7 July 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

The National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the kitchen table to the factory floor. Presenting a programme of work that combines art, manufacturing, making and communities, the National Festival of Making commissions international and national artists to create world class works, a year-round programme and a participatory free family festival for all to enjoy.

In recognition of the continuing place Blackburn has at the heart of making and manufacturing, for two days a year the Festival takes over venues and outdoor spaces across the Lancashire town. In 2023, there were over 50 exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and markets across 22 locations in the town centre.

This vibrant event is a happy occasion, and there really is something for everyone as you navigate the Festival map and find activities that allow you to sit, watch, listen or participate in the action. Hands-on making workshops could see you make a bicycle bell, a Bauhaus costume, a leather purse or a screen-printed poster. Or you might encounter something a little more unexpected — a Virtual Reality experience, a unique walking tour, or an intimate Northern Soul performance.

If artisan shopping’s your thing then you’ll be pleased as punch with the selection of artisan stalls selling handmade goods at the Makers Market. In years gone by there’s also been a dedicated Teenage Entrepreneur Market and a Food Producers Market featuring over 20 businesses who create produce across Lancashire.

The Festival is usually complimented by an annual commissioning programme, Art in Manufacturing, which has placed many artists into residencies with manufacturers across Pennine Lancashire. They also work year-round to deliver projects and commissions, bringing cultural experiences to their audiences throughout the year.

For the latest announcements and opportunities, head to The National Festival of Making’s website via the ‘Visit now’ button above.

The National Festival of Making at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn 6 — 7 July 2024 Entrance is free Visit now

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The Exchange, Blackburn

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Blackburn
King George’s Hall, Blackburn

One of the North West of England’s best known and loved entertainment venues the historic King George’s Hall in Blackburn was built in the classical style from stone quarried at Butler’s Delph in Pleasington.

Haute Dolci
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Haute Dolci

This is dessert heaven served in the most amazing surroundings. A beautiful destination for all manner of sweet treats and the added bonus of a click and collect service. Vanilla Milk cake, Mintberry Mojito or test yourself with a Lick Your Lips – Fudge Brownies, Belgian Milk Chocolate, with Milk Chocolate Curls and Strawberries.

Exchange Coffee
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Café or Coffee Shop
Exchange Coffee

Serving award winning coffees and a great choice of loose teas, cold drinks and takeaway delights including toasted fruit teacakes, crumpets and toast all of which you can order online through its click and collect service.

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Restaurant
Scholars Restaurant

This quality bistro offers fine dining at fabulous prices. One of the leading training restaurants, Scholars Restaurant is run by both industry professionals and fantastic Blackburn College students.

Remix Casuals
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Remix Casuals

A long term favourite for skate brands and streetwear with a mini skate ramp in the basement.

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The Bureau Centre for the Arts

The Bureau is an artist led arts and community centre, providing a versatile and inclusive space for theatre, music, cultural events and community participation.

Thira
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Thira

Blackburn is synonymous with a great curry and Thira offers exactly that. With a discount available for click and collect, you can call and pre-order from a wide menu of home dining options. Starters include Grilled King Fish , boneless diced lamb sauteed with crushed ginger and shallots or a deep dish of mussels marinated with Kerala spices and deep fried.

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Me To A Tee

Two young Blackburners set up this shop selling vintage and sought after football casual brands, such as Iceberg, Moncler, Stone Island CP and Company.

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