Aims and objectives

The Reasons Why The Forum Holds Free Festivals

The Forum, Norwich is run by an educational charity, The Forum Trust, which has a commitment to creating educational opportunities and promoting life-long learning and personal development.

The Norfolk Makers Festival (formerly Makers Month) brings a wide variety of local crafts people, hobbyists and business people under one roof to create a vibrant, collaborative event of interactive learning and motivational experiences, which is open to all and largely free of charge.

It is a non-commercial event and is delivered in partnership with organisations, groups, businesses, charities and enthusiasts who share The Forum Trust’s aims and who are keen to work together to demonstrate, teach, share and inspire.


To establish a free, public event where a wide and diverse range of makers from across Norfolk and neighbouring counties can display their work and share their skills with a large public audience, and in so doing inspire and encourage people to explore creative learning opportunities.


      • Celebrate and demonstrate the diversity and heritage of creative skills in the East.

      • Enable a large and diverse audience to learn new skills and access creative learning

      • Support projects which address issues such as social isolation and mental health

      • Facilitate partnerships, skills sharing, inter-generational contact and social links.

      • Enable community groups, local makers and local businesses to engage with a large audience.

      • Engage with schools, colleges, university, youth and a diverse range of community groups.