After all the anticipation and build-up, the first Brighton Mini Maker Faire came to life last Saturday at the Dome, attracting more than 5,000 visitors for a day of creating, inventing, playing, participating, geeking out, learning and general overawed excitement. It was more than we’d ever hoped for, especially with all the hugely positive feedback from people at the Faire and online.

We’ve started a Tumblr to try and keep a record of all the reviews, photos and videos that are still being published about Brighton Mini Maker Faire. You can even submit your own links to it here.

The Flickr group is also filling up with great pictures from the day and we have had lots of lovely comments on our Facebook Page and via Twitter.

We’ve already had a post Maker Faire de-brief to start planning for next year, when we hope to be back with an even bigger and more ambitious event. Stay tuned for updates on that score. Meanwhile, here are some of the lovely comments that people have sent our way about the first Brighton Mini Maker Faire.

Here’s what the public said:

Tracey Halpin
“Back from 5 fun filled hours at the Faire. Oliver loved sharing his soldering light changing project with peeps and delighted with his Daphnias. Can’t wait for the next one, thank you very much”

Andy Piper
“It was a really fantastic day, and I’m glad I went…I love seeing families and kids interacting with technology, or making things – and getting really excited…Thanks to everyone involved in making the Brighton Mini Maker Faire happen… – the sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff at the Brighton Dome. I had a great time.”

Joan Keating
“Just arrived back in East London after a trip to the Maker Faire. Fantastic. Daphnia already growing on the windowsill, cries being heard from the kids to get out the soldering kit (our ten year old very thrilled with her efforts at the Dome). Hope those of you who organised the day are glowing with pride after your success.”

Mark Philpott
“…what an awesome day with such great creative people! Loved the projects, made some contacts, got involved. Everyone should be very proud of what they achieved :)

Paul Hayes
“I feel like the Brighton Maker Faire shows Brighton is suitably prepared for survival in event of global catastrophe.”

And here’s what some of our lovely makers thought of the experience:

Emily Wright, Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi
“Thanks to all at Brighton Mini Maker Faire and the Dome – I had an amazing time and it looked like everyone else did too! Thank you to all who came and made kanzashi at my stall – your flowers (and 1 bow-tie!) looked awesome!!”

Ed Parris, Nixon McInnes
“We had so many interested and enthusiastic people come and talk to us at our little pitch, which was really inspiring.”

Christine Walker, Cracking Mosaics
“Wow what a fantastic day! The crew were excellent and even though the temperature was hot and steamy remained cool and calm and helpful throughout. My table was occupied with kids and adults all day making mosaic designs…Very impressed, especially with the organisation and communication. Thanks to all involved.”

Richard Salmon, Bluebell Railway
“David, Deborah and I should say an enormous thanks to all of you for organising and running it… We’d certainly be very interested to take part again, and possibly bring something bigger down from the Bluebell Railway… So congratulations to everyone on such a successful day! It had a great atmosphere, and unlike many exhibitions, it remained busy right to the final bell.”

Emily from Folksy
“With over 5000 people attending I think the Brighton Mini Maker Faire can be deemed a massive success, not only for Folksy, but for crafters and makers across the country. It was great to be part of such a vibrant, positive event that celebrated British craft in all its glory.”