Norfolk Makers Festival 2020

How times have changed. One month before the first national lockdown.

Norfolk Makers Festival 2020 took place 8-23 February 2020 and was sixteen days of open exhibitions, free activities, workshops, demonstrations, talks and much crafty conversation.

There was something for everyone – from a life size woven willow boat to a traditional fairground made entirely from glass and a knitted Sandringham house and grounds. 

The Festival was a unique opportunity for visitors to learn something new, develop existing skills and find out about local groups and events.  Local crafters shared their talents and knowledge at The Forum and across the region at fringe events.

The first Festival open submission exhibition, ‘Picking up the Threads’, displayed work by both amateurs and professionals living in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Three independent judges selected from a very strong field of high quality and imaginative submissions from all genres, responding to the theme ‘Picking up the Threads’.

We were delighted to welcome back Margaret Seaman, the 90-year-old knitting queen, who spent every day at the Norfolk Makers Festival chatting to visitors and reporters about her knitted Sandringham masterpiece! She worked on the project for over seven months, knitting for 12 hours a day.