About Halton MakeFest

Inspired by MakeFests from around the world, Halton MakeFest is a one day festival that is free for the public and free for makers.

Bringing together budding and professional makers of all shapes and sizes from Halton into one space for a full day for action-packed fun, discovery and making. 

How does Halton Makefest work?

Halton MakeFest is made possible by a number of  equally important factors, namely:

  • A small army of volunteers
  • A variety of inspirational makers
  • The general public’s thirst for knowledge and discovery.

Halton MakeFest is a non-profit, community-focused event which is reliant on volunteers and local makers.

Although Halton MakeFest is made possible by many people and businesses, it is not directly affiliated with any business(es) or any institution(s). As a non-profit, all funds raised go directly into the operation of the festival.

How Did Halton Makefest Start?

In 2020, financial support for Halton MakeFest was mainly provided by Well Halton.

Not forgetting the time and dedication supplied by the bucketload from the main event organisers – Mako Create.

The event wouldn’t be possible without the support and flexibility of Halton Libraries, with the generous loaning of their fantastic library in Runcorn.

Special thank you goes to the organisers of Liverpool MakeFest (Mark Feltham and Caroline Keep) for their help, support and guidance in setting Halton up with it’s very own MakeFest.


Halton Makefest over the years

In 2021, financial support for Halton MakeFest mainly came from Halton’s commitment to the Borough Of Culture initiative.

Borough of Culture (BoC) is a long-term 30 year strategy which was inspired by the UK City of Culture programme, which followed on from Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture in 2008. 

In 2021, The Borough of Culture year saw the area of Halton receive funding from Liverpool City Region to invest in a series of events designed to increase participation in the arts. We’re proud to have helped accomplish this goal with the delivery of Halton MakeFest 2021.

How IS Halton Makefest 2022 POSSIBLE?

In 2022, financial support for Halton MakeFest will mainly come from The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion. 

Some of ERDF’s core funding priorities are focused on making European regions more competitive and smarter through innovation and support to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as digitisation and digital connectivity.

Other ERDF priorities are aimed at having positive social impacts by supporting effective and inclusive employment, education, skills, social inclusion, as well as enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism.

Halton MakeFest 2022 aims to play its role in supporting these development targets with a variety of fun, educational and accessible activities for the borough of Halton and beyond.

With thanks to

Previous Funders + Partners

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Want to get involved? There’s a few ways you can help…


If you think that you could help with the organising or delivery of the event please let us know by applying here.


If you would like to take part as a Maker or exhibitor, then please let us know by applying here.