A TECHNOLOGY organisation will be playing its role in a creative festival later this month.

Leigh Hackspace will be returning to MakeFest at Manchester's Science and Industry on May 25 and 26 during the half term holiday.

There will also be a nine-day programme of events, Tinkertastic, which will be a celebration of invention and creation, which gives families the chance to try something new such as coding.

The event is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious scheme, that supports and funds projects that connect people with engineers and engineering, and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

This year, Leigh Hackspace will be inviting children and parents to make their own earthquake-proof structures which will have to withstand a homemade "shake table".

The makers will also be showing families how to solder with its ever-popular LED ladder.

Director of Leigh Hackspace Brian Balmer said: “As a maker community which puts creativity and innovation at our core, the MakeFest festival is the ideal opportunity to help people, young and old, find their inner inventor and to truly spark their creative spirit.

"We love attending MakeFest and sharing our passion for making and doing with families from all over the region.”

Featuring dozens of DIY tasks, families can work together and get hands-on with a range of activities hosted by engineers, hackers, coders, makers, artists and scientists from the North West and afar.

Visitors can drive a buggy across a moonscape, tell stories with recycled wood creations, make a mini version of a massive geodome and turn colour into music.

Head of learning and public programmes at the Science and Industry Museum Elli Chapman added: “Last year, we welcomed over 4,000 visitors to MakeFest. Whatever their age, they all loved meeting the ‘makers’ and really getting to grips with inventing and innovation that anyone can try.

“This year’s event is even bigger and better, with a brilliant line up of makers and inventors, such as Leigh Hackspace, that will truly inspire everyone this half term.”

For more information about MakeFest click here.