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HEADLINE MAKER > Johnny White with The Human Machine Fire & Ice Show


We are excited to announce that our headline maker for this year is local mechanical wizard, Johnny White. Johnny will be creating various contraptions throughout the day of the Faire to create the ultimate Human Machine for our finale show at 4pm.

This fantastic 40 minute long show features a 4 metre tall steel sculpture of a human head and shoulders with gears made of ice to make it move; and it is then set on fire!

The steel frame incorporates a number of recycled scrap components and the ice gears are made from moulds of modified antique spoked gear wheels. And with this being an experimental piece, and both fire and ice involved directly, every performance is sure to be different.


See the machine in action here.


We’re very excited to share that tickets for this year’s Derby Mini Maker Faire are now available to book! Register your ticket for this year’s event, taking place at The Silk Mill on Saturday 24 October, HERE.


Early Bird Adult (ages 16+) Ticket = £2 (bring your Eventbrite reservation with you and pay £2 on the door)

Adult Ticket = £3 (Without Eventbrite reservation, pay on the door)
Child Ticket (under 16s) = FREE

Booked your ticket? Share it with us on Twitter @MakerFaireDERBY #DMMF15

Derby Mini Maker Faire update!

Thank you to everyone who applied to take part in this year’s Derby Mini Maker Faire. We were overwhelmed with the response to the call out with our largest amount of applications to date! We have now been in touch with all of the successful applicants and are now have the fun job of planning the next stage of the event – where to put all of those makers!!

If you’re  a maker and are joining us at the event this year, you can share your excitement on Twitter. Follow @MakerFaireDerby #DMMF15

With just over a month to go to the big day, we’re keen to get as many people to come along and experience our biggest Derby Mini Maker Faire yet. Watch this space for information on how to book tickets – all the information will be up on the website this week.


The 3rd Derby Mini Maker Faire is here!

You will see that our Eventbrite adult tickets are fully booked but if you want you to come along, you will be able to see The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car and projects from London Hackspace on Cathedral Green.

It is very likely that you will be able to come in to the space and experience the Faire but please be patient with us, as we are expecting the event to be very busy.


The Derby Mini Maker Faire team

The BLOODHOUND SuperSonic rocket car is coming to Derby!

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We are thrilled to announce that the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car is coming to this year’s Derby Mini Maker Faire!

The Bloodhound SSC is designed to break the World Land Speed Record and reach 1000mph!

One of our main supporters is Rolls-Royce, which is also playing a major role in the development of the Bloodhound, which is being designed and built in the UK with the help of a team from the British Army and a series of leading British firms.

Rolls-Royce has provided the car’s EJ200 jet engine – which is the same engine used in the Typhoon Eurofighter and will be used in conjunction with a custom-designed hybrid rocket in the Bloodhound – and also hosted a high speed spin test, which saw one of the car’s four wheels achieve 10,429 revolutions a minute at the company’s aero engine test bed in Sinfin in June this year.

The Bloodhound will be on Cathedral Green during the event on both Saturday 25 and  Sunday 26 October.

Photo credit: Stefan Marjoram

Applications are now CLOSED

A huge thank you to who everyone who has applied to take part in the third Derby Mini Maker Faire. We can see from the applications that this year is going to be bigger and better than last year- and we’re not just saying that!

Applications for the makers call out is now closed. If you have applied we’ll be getting in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, watch this space and the Twitter feed for news and updates. Oh, and if you haven’t already, pop Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in your diaries!


A huge thank you to everyone who has applied to take part in the third Derby Mini Maker Faire. It’s not too late to apply to take part this year and join the jewellers, hackers, crafters, mini makers, robots and scientists! Just fill out our super simple registration form. DEADLINE: Monday 1 September.


Becoming a sponsor of Derby Mini Maker Faire is a great way for your business to support inspiring the next generation of makers, creators and innovators as well as being part of this exciting event.

Go to the Sponsor Us page for more information.


CALL FOR MAKERS- Derby Mini Maker Faire 2014

Makers, crafters, shed-dwellers, knitters, engineers, bakers, hackers- our call for makers is now out!
If you’re interested in being a part of this years Derby Mini Maker Faire, click here to complete our super short form!

Derby Mini Maker Faire is nearly here!

Sneak PeekWith less than a week to go until Derby Mini Maker Faire, we are extremely excited to not only hold the second Derby Mini Maker Faire but to also launch the redeveloped ground floor space of The Silk Mill.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the space where the makers, workshops, café and activities will take place this Saturday. If you are famililar with the space from last years faire or from visiting The Silk Mill before it was mothballed, you can see that it has been stripped back to the core materials in which it was  made from. The asbestos has been removed and the walls have been sandblasted to reveal the original brick, along with new lighting, floor and a lick of paint.

As well as a fantastic range of makers and workshops available this weekend, you can get involved in shaping the ground floor space at The Silk Mill. Working with TILT, makers-in-residence at the mill, there will be the opportunity to think about who would use the space, how it could be used and what would be in it, plus designing and building furniture and fittings!

We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday but in the meantime, take a look at the project so far and register to take part here