Events Workshops

Rope Making Workshop

Tue 11th Feb 7PM

Rope MakingAt Derby Maker Faire last November, Derby Makers showed us their amazing rope making machine!

On Tuesday the 11th Feb, they will be invading Nottingham Hackspace with their machine, and showing us how to make our own!

This workshop is aimed at  all ages and is a very interesting lesson in learning how rope works!

The Derby Makers will send us the instructions for the rope maker and we’ll try and make one ourselves from stuff in the workshop (we’ll check the ingredients first and get any we’re missing in time for the visit).
We hope you can make it along to this great event!

This is a PAY WHAT YOU FEEL event, with a donation pot to cover costs.

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New Year, New Uke!

Saturday, 18 January 2014 from 11am to 4pm

New Year, New UkeDid you get a Ukulele for Christmas, and don’t know where to start? Do you want to strum along with your favourite songs, but end up sounding like a cat stuck in a well?

We can help!

New Year, New Uke is a workshop for absolute beginners. Just bring along your uke and we’ll get you started!


Things we’ll be covering in the workshop include:

  • Tuning up: How to get your uke in tune, and make it stay in tune!
  • Your first chords: We’ll show you how to play four simple chords, and master the tricky changes between them. We’ll show you some classic progressions which you’ll find in loads of pop, folk and jazz songs.
  • Strumming: We’ll learn some simple strumming patterns to introduce variety and texture to your playing.
  • Resources: There are hundreds of great resources on the web for learning ukulele and new songs. We’ll introduce you to some of our favourites and how to get the best from them.


The workshop runs from 11am till 4pm, with a break for lunch.

Each participant will receive a printed workbook covering all the main workshop points, and a pdf link to it.

Cost: £5. Book online

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Five Fantastic Festive Workshops!

Throughout December, we’re hosting five brilliant workshop activities, perfect for the Hacker in need of a unique gift idea, or kids and parents looking for a fun and creative activity.

Thursday 5th December, 7pm – 10pm

Screenprinting uses a photographic process to make a screen from a black-and-white image, which is then used to print copies of the image. This workshop will be hosted by Matt, Becky and Dominic, who will show you how to print onto different materials, make screens, and create good prints.If you’re looking to make one-of-a-kind Christmas cards and gifts using your own designs, then this is definitely the workshop for you!

Cost: £7, 25 places available. Book online! 

Wax InlayWax Inlay Workshop
Saturday 7th December, 1pm – 4pm
Pick out delightful designs using coloured wax! Come away with brightly coloured Christmas decorations, sun catchers or even a personalised coaster with your name in! Suitable for kids and adults alike! All materials provided.
Cost: £5, 20 places available. Book online!

MarquetryMarquetry Workshop
Thursday, 12th December, 7pm-10pm
Make a coaster with coloured wood veneer inlay and personalise it with your name! Learn a little about the art of veneer inlay and how a laser cutter can be used to make the process simpler.
Cost: £10, 8 places available. Book online!

Bare Conductive Light-Up Christmas CardLight-Up Christmas Cards Workshop

Saturday, 14th December, 1pm – 4pm

Learn how to make a light-up blinking LED Christmas card or decoration in this fun and exciting workshop for all ages! Using Bare Conductive electrically conductive paint, this workshop is open to all ages and you will produce a great light-up card that’ll make a fantastic Christmas decoration!

Cost: £7, 15 places available. Book online!

Interaqctive Light-up RudolphSoft Circuit (E-Textile) Christmas Rudolph Decoration.

Thursday, 19th December, 7pm – 10pm

Decorate your house this Christmas with everyone’s favourite reindeer: the one with that famous red nose! Make his nose glow even brighter by using a PCB LED that sits under the fabric and lights up when you hold the push switch hidden in his cheek.

Cost: £10, 20 places available. Book online!
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Light-Up Christmas Card Workshop

Bare Conductive Light-Up Christmas Card

Learn how to use Bare Conductive paint and make a neat Christmas card in this fun workshop on Saturday, 14 December, from 1pm to 4pm.

Bare Conductive paint is electrically conductive, giving you a great way to make circuits without needing to know how to solder or how to use a soldering iron. Non-toxic and fun, you’ll be able to make a light-up Christmas card in this workshop with a bright Christmas-themed card, flashing LED light, and battery included for each participant.

The workshop is open to all ages, and will cost only £7. Only 15 places are open, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

To book your space on the workshop, visit our Eventbrite page!

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Build Your Own PCB Workshop

PCB Board
An example of the workshop’s PCB board

Learn how to make your very own printed circuit board (PCB) in this workshop run by Dr. Matt Little on Thursday, 17 October.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the photo-resist and ferric-chloride etching process for making printed circuit boards to make a breakout board for converting old ATX power supplies into useful power supplies for future projects.

The workshop includes all components and training, using equipment available at the hackspace so that you can use the same equipment in the future to make your own circuit boards.

Running from 7:30 – 9:30, the workshop costs £10 and tickets are available now.

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Fun With Shrink Plastic Workshop

Shrink Plastic

Join us on Saturday, 16 March, in our Shrink Plastic Workshop.

Shrink plastic is a piece of plastic that you can stamp, trace or draw an image on, colour it in using coloured pencils or markers, then it’s shrunk down in the oven to a fine-detailed firm plastic piece that can be used as a mobile phone charm, keychain, brooch, magnet, pendant and more.

In this workshop, you’ll receive at least one A6 piece of frosted shrink plastic, full instructions, and use of the markers and coloured pencils in the space, to make any number of small items.

This workshop is all ages, with parental accompaniment required.

There will be a small range of images you can trace from, but if you have a particular style in mind, please bring it in.

This workshop will cost £5 and will include the shrink plastic, use of the markers and pencils, any fixings you want to attach it to things, free tea or coffee, and a tour of the hackspace.

To sign up for the workshop, see our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, get in touch with Kate on

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Flavoured Oils and Spirits Workshop on 5 November

Bottles of oil

Come to the Craft Night Workshop on making flavoured oils and spirits on Monday, 5 November, starting at 7pm.

In this workshop, you will be taking olive oil or vodka and adding herbs, spices, sweets, and more to create individual and creative flavours ideal for cooking, cocktails and more.

The workshop will cost £5, and will include oil or vodka, a range of possibilities for flavourings, and a single 50ml bottle, with additional bottles available for purchase on the day.

Registration is on the day, and feel free to bring your own spirits, oils and flavourings to create your individual blend.

If you have any questions, please contact the workshop organiser, Kate, at

(Please note: we ask that anyone who wishes to work with vodka be over 18. Thank you.)

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Useless Machine Workshop

Nottingham Hackspace will be holding a Useless Machine workshop, run by Martin Raynsford, on Tuesday, 24 July.

The Useless Machine is a small and silly little machine that turns itself off when you turn it on. For an example, see it here:

The Useless Machine will run off of a 9g servo, modified to directly power the motor and running off of a single AA battery. It can then be mounted into a laser cut box with a living hinge, but can also be easily moved to another box of your choosing. For more information on the Useless Machine, see Martin’s blog post on it.

The workshop will be £15, which includes all the necessary pieces and instruction.

The workshop will run in two tracks – one at 7pm and one at 8pm. For both workshops, please register online.

Events Rasberry Pi

Raspberry Jam at Nottingham Hackspace

Nottingham Hackspace’s first Raspberry Jam was a success, with around 40 people attending to see what the fuss was about.

The Raspberry Jam at Nottingham Hackspace
The crowd at the Raspberry Jam

The Raspberry Pi is a low-power computer approximately the size of a business card. Designed originally to get kids into programming, the size, wide range of uses and the low cost of just £25 made it an instant win with programmers and hackers all over the world.

Getting to know the Raspberry Pi
Getting to know the Raspberry Pi

At the Raspberry Jam on Tuesday, 3 July, Raspberry Pi owners, people waiting for their Raspberry Pis to be delivered, and people wondering what all the fuss was about came and saw some of the possibilities this innovative computer could provide.

Working with a Raspberry Pi and a robotic arm
Working with a Raspberry Pi and a robotic arm

Due to the success of the first Nottingham Hackspace Raspberry Jam, we’ve decided to hold monthly Jams, starting the new Raspberry Pi User Group (RPUG) in Nottingham.

The next Jam will be Tuesday, 7 August, from 6:30pm onwards.

Please note: If you have a Raspberry Pi, please bring your own monitor, keyboard and power supply, as we have a limited number at the Hackspace.