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Maker Faire 2018 is here

26th April 2018

Hundreds of Makers from around the world will be heading to Life Science Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne this weekend for its annual festival of crafting, coding and inventing that is fun for all of the family.

Maker Faire UK 2018, which will be held on 28-29 April, will bring together more than 450 Makers to showcase their creative talents to visitors.

Dr Lucy Rogers, TV’s Robot Wars judge and founder of the Guild of Makers, said: “I’m excited to be attending Maker Faire UK at Life Science Centre in Newcastle and I’m looking forward to meeting Makers and visitors of all ages. Events such as this are great showcases for ideas and they inspire us all to look again, reuse, recycle, celebrate traditional skills and learn more about, and even contribute to, cutting-edge technology.”

Highlights for 2018 include:

  • “Rustang Sally” and “Clampasaurus” - two vehicles created by Mutoid Waste’s Joe Rush, which visitors might recognise from their appearance at the 2012 London Paralympics closing ceremony
  • LED light painting by Waterlight Graffiti – a six metre-long LED light wall, which illuminates when visitors use water to draw
  • Giant penny farthing steam punk bicycles
  • Battling robots, which visitors can control
  • A roaming herd of mechanical animals made by Foolpool
  • YouTube star Colin Furze who will demonstrate his “Ejector Bed” and X-Men Magneto-style magnetic boots, which allow him to walk on the ceiling.

2018 marks 10 years since Life Science Centre launched the first Maker Faire UK. Regular visitors will be pleased to find that more than half of this year’s Maker stalls are new to the festival this year, so there’s plenty to discover. New makers include local craft groups, beautifully textured and scented soaps created by Durham-based The Blind Soap Maker, a glass blower, a chainsaw carver and a local Dalek builder.

As always, the emphasis at Maker Faire UK is to encourage people to join in, with lots of hands-on opportunities to try something new.

Annabelle Bradley, artist, blacksmith and owner of workshop and gallery Malham Smithy, said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in Maker Faire UK for the first time. It’s a great opportunity to explain and showcase what can be done using traditional blacksmithing techniques to make all sorts of contemporary, practical and decorative designs. It will be great to meet people of all ages during the weekend and I’ll be looking for lots of volunteers to join in and hand-forge some wrought ironwork, too.”

This year is also the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Tyne Bridge and, to mark the occasion, volunteers from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will help visitors at Maker Faire UK to build a mini-bridge that they can then walk across.

Buy tickets for Maker Faire UK now at MakerFaireUK.com

  • Adult (age 18 and over) - £8
  • Concession - £7
  • Child (age 5 to 17) - £6
  • Family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) - £24
  • Life annual pass holders are entitled to 25 per cent discount on production of the pass. Extra charges may apply for some workshops and activities.

For further information visit the website MakerFaire.com or 

  • Twitter: @makerfaire_uk
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  • #MakerFaireUK

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