Makers Activity


This dome is the activities dome.  In this dome you will find lots of things to have a go at!  This programme is still being developed but we hope to offer a wide range of different activities including: silver smithing, metalwork, textiles, pottery, animation, painting with light, robotics and printmaking.  Suitable for all ages.  We will do our very best to keep nearly all, if not all, activities free.    Find a hidden talent, have a go at something new – have fun!


Please be aware some of the activities you will have to book a place on.

Activities for the dome:

Makers – Building the Future Hillsborough


At Hillsfest “Makers” will be working with festival visitors to build Future Hillsborough; a lasercut model incorporating imaginative ideas for the area in the near, or far future! Will there be flying cars? Of course there will!

Hands-on Lasercut Model Making, suitable for kids & adults, plus an exhibit featuring a large collage of the Sheffield skyline.


Institute of Physics


The institute of Physics team will celebrating Sheffield City’s ‘Year of Making’ with hands on science activities in the Maker Dome as well as Painting with Light and a presentation by Dr. Alexy Kerenowska about the digital reconstruction of historical sites in the Miidlle East.

Maker Science – While stocks last! You will be able to make something that demonstrates key scientific principles and take it home. We have LED badges, a battery train and hydraulic model cranes. You can also try your hand at ‘Circuit Scribe’; actually draw an electronic circuit on paper with conducting ink and see it work!

Painting with light – draw with LED lights in the dark and see your masterpiece instantly recorded on a monitor and automatically Tweeted on the @Physics_paint Twitter feed.

Dr. Alexy Karenowska – What lies beneath (Saturday in the Bowling Pavillion)

Dr. Alexy Karenowska from the University of Oxford describes how she and an army of volunteers are digitally reconstructing historical sites in the Middle East and how we can use this technology to uncover what Hillsborough’s built environment means to its local community.

Hazel Burnham – Glass workshop


Make a fused glass coaster, mini panel or window hanging! This will be a bit like making a collage but making it out of colourful glass instead of the usual materials.

After you have made your mini masterpiece, I will take it to my workshop to fire in my kiln. It will then be delivered back to the Cupola (or posted out if necessary – postage extra) for collection in a couple of weeks time.

Suitable for all. Children to be accompanied by an adult please.

Madilloth – We Make Books 9th – 10th July 12 – 4pm

BOOKING REQUIRED (Please book here BIT.LY/1VPmlP4)

A two-day wokshop in creative writing & illustration. Learn how to further your illustration and creative writing skills in this fun and free two-day workshop. Suitable for ages 16+

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(Please book here BIT.LY/1VPmlP4)

Sam Groom – Wall Mural (Sunday 10th July)


Sam’s printing workshop taking place at Hillsfest on Sunday 10th will involve being shown how to create your own simple stamp blocks which can then be used to help decorate a large 8ft x 8ft mural that Sam will be working on throughout the day. This mural will hopefully be displayed somewhere prominent at the end of the Festival. All are welcome to come along, create a stamp and take part in this collaborative piece!

Michael & Lucy (Bricks & Bits)

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3d lego buildable wall piece, plus “free fire activity zone”.

Sheffield College



Lino printing workshop

Participants will be invited to make their own image using lino printing as a vehicle for their creativity.

Lino printing is often used as a first introduction to printmaking and offers students the opportunity to engage with a process that allows them to extend and develop the creative process.

Pop Up Studio

There will be an opportunity to see and experience live filming, in Sheffield Colleges pop up studio.

A Forum Theatre session

Given by the Sheffield College Media & Performing Arts Level 2 drama students (Saturday only) which will offer the public an opportunity to see and be involved in a theatre production.   Other drama students (Level 3 students – on Sunday) will provide excerpts from a recent theatre event that took part at the college. Music students will display their talents and provide musical interludes

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