Events Workshops

DIY Solar Power Workshop on Saturday, 31 August

The sun on a blue sky

Nottingham Hackspace will be holding a day of DIY Solar Power on Saturday, 31st August, from 11am – 5pm, run by Hackspace member Dr. Matt Little of RE-Innovation.

At this day-long workshop, you can build a system that includes a 10Wp solar panel, charge regulator, voltmeter and enclosure – ideal for charging your phone or batteries and much more.

This workshop will cover:

  • Solar photovoltaic technologies
  • Resource assessment
  • Load assessment
  • System design
  • Building and taking home a working off-grid PV system

This exciting workshop will cost £60, and includes a 10Wp photovoltaic panel, DIY solar PV kit, and a recycled battery.

Register for this workshop now.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 28 September – SOLD OUT

Arduino Uno Board
Arduino Uno board. Photo from Nick Hubbard.

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 28th September.

The Arduino system is a microcontroller board and software designed for extreme ease-of-use and learning, and has been wildly successful all over the world – not just in electronics, but for all sorts of maker projects. If you want to learn how to incorporate electronic control into your projects, this is definitely the workshop for you.

This workshop will cover:

  • What an Arduino is, and how to program it
  • Components and tools
  • Basics of electronics (voltage, current, resistance, etc.)
  • Arduino input and outputs
  • Controlling high-power components
  • Analog output
  • And more!

Aimed for complete beginners, this workshop doesn’t require you to have written a single line of code, switched on a soldering iron or even own an Arduino to take part. All the electronics equipment, including Arduino boards, will be provided on the day, but you will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. It would also help if you installed the Arduino software onto your laptop before the workshop.

This workshop will run from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch at 1pm, and will cost £10, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino boards and kits will also be on sale for further exploration of this fantastic system.

This workshop is now SOLD OUT. There will be another workshop on Saturday, 9th November, and spaces are limited.

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Robot Bug Workshop and Race on 15 June

Vibrobug Red Ant
The Red Ant Vibrobug, one of the bugs that can be made at the workshop.

Build your own robot bug and then race it against others in this workshop for children and adults on Saturday, 15 June.

The small robot is a great way to learn how to solder, with only six points to solder, a coin cell power board and pre-cut perspex. The bug then vibrates across a smooth surface, giving you a creepy crawling bug that’s fun for all ages.

Once everyone has built and personalised their bugs, there’ll be the Great Robot Race, where the owner of the best robot will win a unique one-off kit from Kitronik.

Run by Rob Haywood from Kitronik, the workshop will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and is for children aged 8 and over. Tickets cost £10. Adults must accompany all children, but if there just to supervise, adults are free.

To book your ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page.

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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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Rubber Stamp Workshop on Thursday, 21 February

Rubber Stamp

Learn how to turn your image into a laser-cut rubber stamp in this informative workshop, run by Dr. Matt Little, on Thursday, 21 February, from 7pm – 9pm.

Bold, single-colour images work best for rubber stamps, giving you a quick way to mark cards, labels, books, fabric, and more!

For £5, you will receive materials to make one stamp, including stamp pad, laser-ready rubber, and wood to create a handle. Materials to make larger stamps will also be available for purchase.

There are limited spaces available for this workshop, so please contact Matt at to book your place.

For more information on the process, see our Wiki page on Laser Stamps. And if you have any questions, talk to Matt at

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Light up the night at our Light Night workshop!

Matt's Stick Man Costume
Doc Little’s Stick Man LED costume. See the costume in action on Vimeo.

Play with LEDs, EL wire and lasers ahead of Nottingham’s popular Light Night on Thursday, 7th February.

Dr Matt Little will be on hand to discuss how to best use electronics and lighting to create one-of-a-kind art projects ideal for Light Night on Friday, 8th February.

As the MyNottingham website says:

Light Night transforms the city and truly brings it to life after dark with a blend of entertainment suitable for all ages. Many activities are unique to Light Night so don’t miss your chance to explore, experience and see the city in a new perspective. Whatever your tastes, there’s bound to be something to entertain you and your family. Light Night gives Nottingham a real buzz with lots happening indoors and outdoors and special offers in restaurants and other venues.

This group skillshare will be free to attend, with LEDs, EL wire and lasers available for sale on the night.

So if you ever wanted to learn how to light up the night, please attend!

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Make Marvellous Machines on Tuesday, 12 February

Marvellous Machines

Want to learn to make unique and delightful machines?

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting another night of Martin Raynsford’s Miraculous and Miniature Mechanical Marvels, on Tuesday, 12 February. In this workshop, you will create fantastic wood and metal creations to entertain and delight.

The three kits available on the night will be:

If you already own one of these kits, feel free to come along and learn how to build your own mechanical marvel!

The workshop will start at 7pm, and includes free tea or coffee and a tour of the Hackspace.

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Leathercraft Workshop on Saturday, 23 February

Slim Leather Wallet

Learn how to make a leather wallet, gadget case, key fob or mouse mat in this informative all-day workshop run by Jake Howe on Saturday, 23 February.

Leather is an effective and strong material to work with, ideal for long-lasting and thoughtful gifts.

At the workshop, you can make:

  • Slim Leather Wallet
    With a design that uses only a single piece, this slim wallet has a notes pocket, room for around 8 cards, and the option for priority cards.
  • Leather Gadget Case
    A nicely formed case designed to fit your phone or similar-sized object perfectly. Involves making a wooden “dummy” version, then fitting wet leather around that dummy.
  • Leather Key Fob
    A small and personalised key chain made by fitting wet leather around a small piece of wood or hardboard.
  • Leather Mouse Mat
    Leather gets smoother the more you use it, making it an ideal surface for a mouse mat, and it’s made by fitting wet leather around hardboard for a one-of-a-kind mouse mat.

And if you don’t want to make something with leather, there is also the option for an oil cloth wallet, using brightly patterned waterproof oil cloth to create a unique and attractive slim wallet.

The workshop will run from 11am to 4pm, and will cost £10, which includes leather or oil cloth and a pinpoint punch awl, ideal for working with leather or thick cloth. The workshop will also have free tea or coffee and a tour of the Nottingham Hackspace.

Register for the workshop now!

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Screen Printing Workshop

Space Korea Screen Print

Learn how to create one-colour screenprints in this exciting workshop with Matt Little on Thursday, 17th January, from 7pm to 9pm.

Using a black-and-white A5 image, you will learn how to use photo emulsion, create a silk screen mask, learn printing techniques and inks, and how to re-use and clean up the equipment.

You will produce an attractive one-colour print onto a sheet of paper.

The workshop will cost £5 per person, covering the cost of equipment. Please bring your own A5-sized black and white image (fitting within 21cm x 14.8cm or 8.3″ x 5.8″).

This workshop is limited to 10 people. To book, please visit the Google Group post.

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Body Scrub and Bath Bomb Workshop on Monday, 3rd December

Bath Bomb

Come to the Craft Night workshop on making body scrubs and bath bombs on Monday, 3rd December, starting at 7pm.

In this workshop, you will be taking everyday household items such as oil, sugar, baking soda, citric acid, and fragances to make two items that are fantastic as gifts.

The workshop will cost £5, and will include all the items needed to make a small jar of body scrub and/or a bath bomb.

Registration is on the day, and feel free to bring your own fragances, dried flowers, or other items to add to your body scrub or bath bomb.

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