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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 NEED YOU! Volunteer at Derby Mini Maker Faire

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The 4th annual Derby Mini Maker Faire at The Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory and the gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage site, returns on Saturday 24 October 2015.

This year is the biggest Faire yet – we are doubling in size with the addition of a brand new Maker Showcase Marquee outside on Cathedral Green. We need enthusiastic, friendly and hardworking volunteers to help us make this Maker Faire the most successful Faire yet!

Head over to our VOLUNTEER PAGE for all the information.


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.

Call For Makers – OUT NOW!

IMG_2930We’re thrilled to be in the planning stages for the 4th Derby Mini Maker Faire at The Silk Mill, Derby.

We hope to make this year’s event even bigger and better than last year.
The 4th Derby Maker Faire will take place on Saturday 24 October 2015 – pop this is in your diary now!

So, for it to be an awesome event, we need some awesome makers!

We’re looking for makers, lots of makers – particularly local makers from Derby, Derbyshire and the East Midlands to help show we have the best makers in the world!

Please apply be Monday 31 August. To register your interest, please click here.


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.