Wirral MakeFest

Saturday 3rd June

green logo for wirral makefest, image of a bulb with leaves inside itWirral MakeFest 2023 is coming to Birkenhead 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 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.

Wirral MakeFest will take place 10am – 4pm on Saturday 3rd June. Event will be at two locations – here at the Williamson and nearby Birkenhead Central Library. Register for your FREE tickets on the Wirral MakeFest website. 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 Wirral Met Prep4Life at the library with fabulous cupcakes and snacks.

The Wonderdome planetarium, highlighting the original Apollo landing, and a planned return to the moon with Artemis in 2025, is based at Birkenhead Central Library and requires an additional booking, but there will be 10 showings throughout the day.

You can find out more about the over 50 selected makers here.

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”.

“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.”

Finsa UK, a locally-based multinational firm, have sponsored aspects of the Wirral MakeFest day at the Williamson and provided wood offcuts for us to repurpose into makers’ lanyards so the MakeFest tradition of unique medallions for each event is continued.

Find more events at the Williamson

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum