Check out the attractions and activities we already have lined up for Makers Central 2022 below.
Do not miss the chance to meet the stars of TV’s Robot Wars including the champion ‘Apollo’ as they battle it out in an impressive live action arena!
Robots Live will be presenting 3 action packed shows, each day. These guys really know how to put on an awesome spectacle! In between shows, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the robots and their makers up close. Grab your tickets now!
Check out Robots Live's website for more information: www.robotsliveshow.com
Podpad Studios will be exhibiting their Fly.VR, inspired by the futuristic flying cars in films like Blade Runner, Star Wars and Fifth Element.
This scratch built interactive Electric vehicle has a VR experience like no other. Can you imagine being a law-enforcer, flying through the rain soaked streets of a future city, seated in a real vehicle, flying past giant projected advertising signs, ducking and diving with other cars? You don’t have to! Come and see the Fly.VR for real... Get a photo and meet its creators.
The creator van is a new business that has been set up by Steve Twydell. It's a touring caravan that has been converted into a fully customized mobile maker space.
The Creator Van will be used to bring around the Island of Ireland and inspire people of all ages to tune into their creative side. In it they can take part in many custom workshops of all aspects of arts, crafts and hobbies.
Find out more about The Creator Van here: thecreatorvan.com
Come and Join us for Tamara Robertson talk on Inspiring Young Makers & how she uses creative mediums to get kids into making and the duality of teaching and learning in today’s apprenticeships!
This year at MAKERS CENTRAL we will once again be bringing The Forge experience to the NEC, running Have-a-Go sessions throughout the day, as well as more advanced blacksmithing demonstrations by our resident smiths where we will be showing a variety of tool making , including forging axes and chefs knives.
Get ready to play and learn
Make your own silver jewellery!
Live resin casting sessions
Live bandsaw demonstration & talk
Introduction to Leathercraft talk and basic tools & techniques demonstration.
This is your chance to get stuck in at Makers Central; not just watching, but actually make things you can take home
Have a go on this incredible Virtual Pinball machine made by Lee from Smugwood!
Come and check out Nova Robotics who will be offering you the chance to design and make your own coaster set or personalised aluminium drinking bottles using their incredible CNC & Laser Machines!’
This is open for anyone to participate The idea is that anyone who is coming to makers central to make a single giant Jenga block. Then all the blocks will be collected together at Makers Central to form a giant Jenga game. Where you will have the chance to play. Click the image above to find out more about guidelines for making the block!
We have the incredible Glacial Art coming along who will be offering the opportunity to have a go at ice sculpting!
Come and check out the incredible Lee Stoffer as he shows you how to carve the perfect spoon! This is not to be missed
Live Carving Demo & Talk
Tamara was given the opportunity to battle it out for a chance to join the Mythbusters Legacy where her lifetime as a tinkerer and collector of skills landed her as the only Female Finalist and 2 MVP winner of Mythbusters the Search. Tamara continued her work with the Science Channel lending her talents to Scijinks with Johnny Galecki, Mythbusters 2.0 and most recently, Mythbusters Jr. with Adam Savage. In her spare time Tamara travels the nation teaching “Superhero Science” and is the co-founder of the S.T.E.M. outreach comic “Seekers of Science”. Tamara will be live on stage Saturday for a Q&A and back on Sunday for a talk on Inspiring Young Makers.
See Tamara's website here:
And her bio here:
Alex and his team run a number of blacksmithing courses throughout the year from The Forge in Somerset. Catering for all skill levels and allowing everyone to get involved with this ancient tradition.
This year at MAKERS CENTRAL we will once again be bringing The Forge experience to the NEC, running Have-a-Go sessions throughout the day, as well as more advanced blacksmithing demonstrations by our resident smiths where we will be showing a variety of tool making , including forging axes and chefs knives. Each demo lasts around 1 hr. and will be compared by Steve House aka Moonshine Metalwork.
Beginner sessions last around 15 mins and festival visitors will experience what it is like to work on a modern gas forge - making nails or hooks. We will also have a few places available for our BLACKSMITH COMPETIONS – where smiths will go head to head, and against the clock, in technical forging challenges.
Ages 16 and over.
The Forge Kitchenware shop will also be open over the whole week-end where visitors can buy a wide range of hand forged utensils, cooking equipment and axes.
Web : www.alexpoleironwork.com
Instagram : alexpoleironwork
YouTube : the forge uk
The Makers Central team have got together with the Creation Station a professional company that will provide an amazing experience for your little ones throughout the whole weekend.
The Creation Station are multi-award-winning, five-star rated company who inspire over 15,000 children and families every week with their creative arts and crafts experiences across the UK.
Their friendly, nurturing and professional trained team of 130 Creation Station leaders are based right across the UK. The majority are mums so they empathise with children and parents alike.
All the activities they run are tried and tested. With their own warehouse of 12,000 art and crafts products they ensure all the products used are fit for purpose and have the appropriate safety documentation.
The kids workshop will allow your kids to try all arts and crafts and it’s our mission to inspire them into creating and making. The kids workshops will be located at the top of the hall near the food court.
Make your own silver jewellery! Join a session at the show and leave with a finished silver pendant or charm! You need no experience, we’ll guide through each step. ** Limited spaces - contact us to book your slot on firstname.lastname@example.org. £12 booking fee which includes all silver!**
Silverclay demonstrations - Live Alchemy! with Magic Minx, Leigh Armstrong. You might recognise Leigh from Hochanda TV. Experienced metal clay artist Leigh will be demonstrating the magic of metal clay; it starts out as a clay-looking material and ends up as pure fine real silver. It’s easy to work with, and doesn’t require a huge setup cost or training. We'll be demoing regularly throughout both days.
To see more about the products, have a look at www.metalclay.co.uk
We are so excited to announce that Make with Makers is back for 2020 and will be hosted by the incredible talented and inspirational Crafts with Ellen, Bret, Als Hack Shack, Ijessup, The Custom Cave, Malt & Make, Simply Orn8 and Prob Shop Berlin! These makers have agreed to host and entertain you for the whole weekend.
Make with Makers will be hosting workshops thought out the weekend which you can get involved in including; Sewing, Felting, Knitting, Embossing Jewellery, T-shirt Printing and even Leather crafting too!
Come and join in and make something with the makers .
Some guidelines for making the blocks
The blocks should be (2inch x 4inch x 12inch) (51mm x 102mm x 305mm)The blocks can be made from any materials you choose within common sense. nothing toxic, try not to make it unnecessarily heavy, no sharp edges etc If you can bring some spare blank blocks to the show so that other who was unable bring a block can still take part and customize a block while at the show that would be Great. Try and make the blocks robust enough so that they can be played with. if you have a great idea for block but it won’t be robust enough still make it and bring it we can display it but won’t play with it.
If there are any questions feel free to message me. You can find my contact details and info regarding #MakerJenga at www.johnmadeit.com/makerjenga