Check out the attractions and activities we already have lined up for Makers Central 2021 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
Meet Ellen from Little Bare Furniture. Ellen was Arbortech's powercarving madness champion this year and will be heading on over to the UK just for Makers Central 2021 to do a powercarving demo just for you! Yes now this is gona be awesome to see.
Check out Ellens' website to find out more about her work: www.littlebarefurniture.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
The converted fire truck includes a complete joinery workshop, metal workshop and even a sewing studio! Visit the Maker studio by Jenni Swiss and watch him and you YouTube Maker Friends which will include many surprises!
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!’
Ready to have a blast at Makers Central 2021? Dickies workwear will be shooting away 50 shirts over the weekend! Will you be one of the lucky winners? Make sure to stop by at the main stage. Check out the 'Talks & Demos' page to find out the shooting times!
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
It is with heavy hearts that the Makers Central Team have taken the decision to postpone the show, due to be held in May 2020.
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It is with heavy hearts that the Makers Central Team have taken the decision to postpone the show, due to be held in May 2020. This decision has not been taken lightly and we have been following advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England and have been in constant contact with the NEC.
Government advice has been nothing but vague and particularly unhelpful for people in our industry. However, following their statement yesterday, we feel it is only a matter of time before events like ours will be banned completely. The closer we get to the show, the more disruption a postponement would cause.
The health and safety of our staff, sponsors, exhibitors and visitors is, and always will be, our number one priority and it is because of this that we now believe this is the right decision for us to make as things stand. The virus is expected to reach a peak during April and May and our show falls right in the middle of that period.
This decision has been a difficult one and has not been taken lightly, which is why it has taken us some time to make what we believe is the right decision for all involved. We wanted desperately for the show to go ahead as planned, as so much hard work has already gone in to it, but it would not be a responsible decision. Also, our ticket sales have slowed considerably and we believe this will negatively impact on our sponsors, exhibitors and also our visitors.
We have many visitors and exhibitors joining us from all over the world and with the uncertainty surrounding travel, there are no guarantees they will be able to get to the UK, let alone return home.
Please accept our apologies that it has taken time for us to communicate this to you all, but there are only 3 of us in the Makers Central team and we have been frantically concentrating our efforts on nailing down an alternative date that we believe will be suitable for all. We have had to make contact with all our suppliers and contractors in the first instance as without them the show would not be possible.
We would like to apologise for the blanket message at this time, we will be trying to contact all of our sponsors and exhibitors individually over the coming days, but as only 2 of us are office based, please bear with us as this may take some time.
This is a very upsetting time for us, and full disclosure, the future of the show rests on how people now react to our decision. Some people on social media have suggested our Event Cancellation Insurance will cover us for any losses caused by this postponement, but unfortunately, ECI does not cover cancellation caused by communicable diseases. There will be no help coming from that to support us.
We have booked a new date of 8th & 9th August 2020 with the NEC and hope this date will be agreeable to most. Anyone who has purchased a ticket for our show need not worry, the tickets will be transferable to the new dates and you do not need to take any further action. If you are unable to make the August show, your ticket will remain valid for the next show in 2021.
It is understandable that some of you may still want a refund, but we would urge our followers and supporters to please try their best to accommodate the new dates as refunding any monies will push makers Central into a vulnerable position that we may be unable to recover from. This is a very difficult time for us, as it is for many small businesses worldwide and in order to secure the future of the show, we need your help. If you have no choice but to request a refund, we will action these, but will be unable to do so until the postponed show has gone ahead.
Please bear with us while we make all necessary arrangements to facilitate this postponement, and contact everyone involved, as mentioned there are only 2 of us in the office, so this may take some time. Please keep checking back to our website for updates. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of our show, we couldn’t do it without you! We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and well during these troubling times.
We truly hope to see you all in August 2020.Close