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Folk Museum Making Festival

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About the event

The Ulster Folk Museum are passionate about preserving and nurturing Northern Ireland’s unique heritage skills, customs and traditions. This August the museum will be celebrating the Folk Museum Making Festival in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI), a two-day event honouring traditional crafts & heritage skills!

Over the weekend a wide range of Ireland’s unique building traditions such as thatching, stone masonry, limewashing and drystone walling will be showcased. There’ll also be talented makers sharing their crafts including signwriting, stained glass, musical instrument making and straw rope making; and our fantastic team of in-house craft demonstrators will be working in blacksmithing, willow, textiles, wood and more!

As well as a chance to see at-risk skills in action, the museum will also be hosting a craft fair in collaboration with Craft NI, where you’ll be able to purchase works from some of the high quality craft makers and applied artists working with heritage materials to make beautiful objects, homewares and decorative pieces.

Traditional music sessions, food trucks, screenings in the original picture house will also be available, as well as activities for all ages to get stuck into. So come along and be part of the revival of treasured heritage skills.


Where is it taking place?

153 Bangor Road

When is it taking place?

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August, 10am-5pm

Price and do you need to book?

General admission, prices £0 – £11.50
Free for members

Book your ticket here.

Contact details

T:    0044 28 9042 8428





Additional information:

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Ulster Folk Museum

Starts: Sat 19 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Sun 20 Aug at 5:00 pm

Craft Type: Multiple

Event Location: Down

Event Type: Festival

Price: £0-£11.50