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makerfaire17.jpg The Maker Faire UK is nigh!
 

That annual jamboree of crafty coders, dotty DIYers and frankly bonkers boffins are rocking up at the Life Science Centre on 1 and 2 April for the always amazing Maker Faire UK.

Show me a person who reckons that they had a more joyous time last year than a weekend spent at Maker Faire UK, and I’ll show you a person adept in the dark art of alternative facts.

A worldwide phenomenon, Maker Faire attracts over 300 makers, coders and craftspeople, all eager to show off their inventions and share their infectious enthusiasm with the general public. And, as ever, the UK leg of these celebrations will take place in Newcastle.

This year’s event promises to provide just as much madcap fun as always. Among the headline acts to look out for will be Maximus, a 9ft tall robot-style performer who comes complete with lasers, CO2 cannons and pyrotechnics.

The team from Raspberry Pi will also be on hand (demonstrating technology used by actual astronauts) as well as something called ‘The Heart of Maker Faire’ (in which art meets science in an installation that will really get your heart beating).

If you’re getting Great British Bake Off withdrawal symptoms, then fear not: Bake Off star, aerospace engineer, and all-round treasure, Andrew Smyth, will be gracing Maker Faire with his presence and combining baking and engineering to make delicious (and structurally sound) treats.

If that’s not the icing on your cake then maybe the appearance of some dinosaurs will be up your street…

As always, visitors will be encouraged to get stuck in by sussing out soldering, trying out different types of photography, making jewellery, checking out the live shows outside, flying drones, listening to expert speakers, listening to live music, trying your hand at 3D printing, and all of the other good stuff that makes this such an incredible event. Keep checking the Life website for up to the minute news, but be prepared for plenty of other surprises when you get there, too…

Maker Faire UK, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April, Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, 10am-6pm (10am-5pm Sunday). Family (2 adults & 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children) £28; adults £12; child (5-17) £7; child (4 and under) free. life.org.uk