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We had a blast at the 6th Derby Mini Maker Faire at the weekend (Saturday 28 October 2017).
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed the day with us. Thank you to all the Makers, visitors, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the Maker Faire community for making it a great day!

Just over 70 Makers took part in the day, including the Astronaut’s Caravan, balloon popping fighting robots, the world’s smallest photo booth, paper rockets, wearable technology and even a Giant Inflated Tentacle, plus loads more!

The Faire was also a hit with our visitors, as we welcomed 2000 of you to the Silk Mill. Take a look at the highlights from the event.

Next year, the Silk Mill redevelopment project continues and the building will be closed for public activities in order for the works to take place. Derby Museums are planning to hold Derby Maker Faire in the future, but this is still to be defined. If you’d like to find out more about this and to be kept up to date with news, please email

PRESS RELEASE: Derby’s Mini Maker Faire celebrates its 6th year

Download the press release here.

Derby Silk Mill will be bursting with activity on Saturday 28 October as it hosts its biggest ever Mini Maker Faire.

Based on the site of the world’s first factory, The Silk Mill will be full of making, crafting, building, tinkering and interactive stalls, from 10am till 4pm.

A family-friendly highlight of Derby Museums’ annual programme, this will be the sixth Derby Mini Maker Faire held at this historic site of the world’s first factory. This year the event will bring together over 70 Makers, including 3D printing, robots, wearable technology and even a bubbleologist! Featured makers include Aardman Animations, The Astronaut’s Caravan and Jonny White and his marvellous machines. This means for the third year running the Maker Showcase Marquee will be outside on Cathedral Green, to house all of the wonderful makers, workshops and stalls.

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Tickets released!

IMG_7942We know Summer is only just beginning but we think should be planning way ahead! Get your discounted voucher for the 6th Derby Mini Maker Faire over on our Eventbrite page. Book your ticket and save £1 on entry to Derby Mini Maker Faire (normal price £3, discounted price £2)

Enjoy your summer, but we look forward to seeing you in October!  


Come and be part of one of the biggest show and tell events in the world at the 6th Derby Mini Maker Faire.

Are you a craft club queen or (king!), kitchen table tinkerer, workshop whizz or shed enthusiast? Come and show off, share your skills and meet like-minded makers at Derby Mini Maker Faire.

Register your interest to take part in the Derby Mini Maker Faire here.

Deadline to take part is Monday 4 September.

Best Photos from the 5th Faire!

Here are some pictures of some of the highlights of Derby Mini Maker Faire 2016, from the T-Rex to kids making Morphs to knitting to printing, it was a truly magical day; enjoy!

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Who’s coming to Maker Faire..?

We know we say this EVERY year, but this year, Derby Mini Maker Faire is bigger than ever! We’re thrilled to be welcoming 100 makers to The Silk Mill for the 5th Derby Mini Maker Faire. To get yourself clued up on who’s who ahead of the Faire, take a look at some of the Makers who will be joining us this year.



We’ve got something ROAR-some coming to Maker Faire

We’re very excited to welcome Rex to this year’s Derby Mini Maker Faire. Although he looks a little scary, Rex is very well behaved and if you ask his trainer kindly, he may even allow you to walk him.

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Rex, book your online ticket now.

Take part in the 5th Derby Mini Maker Faire

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Our CALL FOR MAKERS is now open!
We’re looking for shed dwellers, couch crafters and kitchen table tinkerers to share their passion for making and show off their home grown projects.

Register your interest to take part in the Derby Mini Maker Faire here.

Deadline to take part is Thursday 1 September.