Family Friendly Events at the Festival!

Becky Reeve

There are plenty of events suitable for families and young people between 11 - 19 Mar and specifically on both weekends of the Festival. So come in and have a go, there's really something for everything at this year's Makers Festival!

Not Your Traditional Crafts

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to draw in three dimensions, moving around your design, choosing textures, colours, shapes and sizes. And while you're in your own creative world, your work will take shape on a big screen, so you can share as you paint. Best suited for 8+.

The force of 3D printing is stronger than you thought! Introducing inter-galactic 3D printing where you can watch the printers at work and meet the droids built with 3D printed parts. Suitable for all ages.

Are you the next Bowie? Or Taylor Swift? Could you write a classic? Join staff from The Garage to create song lyrics in a fun and playful way.  The activity is accessible for all ages and levels of experience.

Welcome to teenage makers from Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form. They're bringing something new to the Festival with an invitation to take a seat and create a kaleidoscope. All ages welcome.

Draw, Design, Print and Paint

Choose an area of the map for your adventurer to explore and design the clothes, companion and items they'll need for their quest. Explore how shapes, items, details and ageing can communicate a character's story, personality and ambitions. Age 13+.

Join Haychley from Stellabox Designs to have a go at lino cut printing. Haychley will bring a selection of pre-cut lino and a small printing press so you can understand the process and create your own print. All ages welcome.

Dabble with watercolours and discover the wonderful benefits of focused, artistic activities, with guidance from the Creative Wellbeing Group at The Garage. Designed to support or improve wellbeing, these activities are accessible for all ages and levels of experience.

Work with illustrator Rose Feather to make an eight-page zine, which sets you off on a self-led drawing and writing adventure around The Forum. This is a free activity. It's suitable for families, and ideal for those with children 4-11.

Inspired by Nature

Local RSPB staff and volunteers are offering free crafting activities with, as you might expect, with a bird theme! There's always so much to discover about the wildlife of Norfolk and how you can do your bit to offer assistance and protection. All ages welcome.

You are invited to help create a large collage representing the wildlife and natural environment of this unique landscape, helped by artists from Norfolk Art Club. Use hand-carved rubber stamps and cut paper, as you contribute to this collaborative project. A free activity, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Come face to face with the animals that supply us with wool, as the Rare Breeds Survival Trust displays a couple of lesser-known sheep breeds outside The Forum. Suitable for all ages.

Get Stuck In

Moonwalking Mums, dancing Dads, grooving Grandparents or shimmying siblings! Join Norwich Puppet Theatre for a family workshop to create your own finger puppet family members. You could even make your mum for Mother’s Day! All ages welcome.

Plenty of free arts and crafts suitable for all ages, but particularly young people and families. All the materials and inspirational guidance provided by the team and students from IntoUniversity.

Join members of Craft Connections to create lavender-design greetings cards, painting with cotton buds and skewers. All tools and materials will be provided. This is a free activity, no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome.

Join in with students from Norwich University of the Arts and create your very own character, while learning some of the fundamentals of character design, including shape theory and silhouette. All ages welcome.

Join mixed media artist, Tricia Frances, and make your own maze book. A mini drawing or scrap book made by cutting and folding paper in a clever way. This a fun activity suited to all ages and crafters of any skill level.

Darryl Westley is a local artist who uses a range of techniques, including illustration, origami and collage. Join Darryl to try your hand at origami and learn some basic models and designs. All materials provided and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.

Watch Masters of Traditional Art Forms at Work

The organisers of the summer Strumpshaw Tree Fair are bringing wood carvers, tool makers and other artisans to this year's Norfolk Makers Festival. They'll be demonstrating rural crafts on the first weekend of the Festival, outside The Forum. Suitable for all!

Watch demonstrations by a chain saw carver (no, you can't have a go!), whittlers and willow weavers and many more, as they work with natural materials and recycled items. There will also be plant-based street food to keep you fuelled over the weekend.