About The Festival

Two women modelling with clay

Sat 11 to Sun 19 March 2023

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The Norfolk Makers Festival is a free, annual event which brings together local artists, crafters and artisans - both professional and amateur - for a glorious celebration of creativity, personal expression and artistic collaboration. 

Collaborative community

The Festival is all about encouraging visitors to get involved, to have a go, to try something new, to develop their skills and to explore their creative selves.

Family crafting over the Festival weekends.

The Forum building is filled with an eclectic mix of art work, created by both amateurs and professionals, and in amongst this visitors can enjoy free hands-on activities and demonstrations. 

Creating a character for digital animation

There is also a programme of ticketed talks and focused workshops, creating a vibrant, collaborative festival atmosphere for all age groups and abilities. 

Stitching concentration

Visitors engage with local crafts people, hobbyists and small businesses whose interests and expertise cover a variety of skills including embroidery, painting, knitting, printing, weaving, sketching, sewing, quilting, spinning, crochet, paper craft, cake craft, wood craft, modelling, digital animation, upcycling and more.

Linocut printing workshop

There are plenty of Fringe events too, giving more people the chance to get crafty in Norwich and Norfolk. 

The Makers' Festival is free to enter and the hands-on activities and exhibitions are also free. In addition there is a programme of paid-for workshops, priced accessibly and held both during the day and in the evenings.

A quilting workshop

The Festival provides a unique chance to have a go at a new craft or develop existing skills in a friendly and non-pressured environment. 


The Norfolk Makers' Festival is presented by The Forum Trust, the independent, self-financing charitable trust, which runs The Forum. The Trust has a commitment to creating educational opportunities and promoting life-long learning and personal development. 

Saori weaving

If you would like to be part of the Festival programme, please click the link below to find out more. 

Get Involved In The Norfolk Makers Festival 2023