Wirral MakeFest 2023: Connecting creatives and inspiring learning

Wirral MakeFest 2023 is coming to Birkenhead on Saturday 3 June to connect local creatives involved in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, and those who want to have a great day out and learn new skills.

There will be coders, basket-makers, animators, project mappers, glass artists, photographers, engineers and so much more. There will be opportunities to join in and have a go as well as learn from demonstrations and talks. The event is for everyone.

Wirral MakeFest is fuelled by Dr Diana Powell, CEO of Wirral Unplugged, which was recently crowned Organisation of the Year at Liverpool John Moores Student Union’s Societies and Volunteering Awards, award-winning eco-artist and former press officer for the Williamson Alison Bailey Smith, and John Howard of Wirral Code Club and Wwham – “Wirral will hack and make”.

The one-day makers festival is a brilliant local initiative, part of a wider maker movement, that aims to give confidence to new creators, build communities, and help makers start on the path to sustainability. You can find out more about the over 50 selected makers here , many of whom are local. The event is free to attend.

“It’s a passion project,” said Diana. “We all have been volunteering our time to create Wirral’s MakeFest since August 2022 and we’ve pulled in Pat Link from Neston Makerspace and a team of students from the University of Liverpool’s Marketing Society to help.”

Unusually, their version of MakeFest is held in two locations –  at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, and nearby Birkenhead Central Library.

There will be a heritage bus available between the two sites. The team at WMF are keen to encourage visitors to use public transport, bikes or walking to travel to the two venues. The Williamson cafe will be open and there will be a temporary cafe from Nettle at MAKE at the library.

The event will run from 10 until 4 on Saturday 3 June, and although it is free, tickets will be available via Wirral MakeFest website

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