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Little Sandbox is a community makerspace in Norris Green Library.

Little Sandbox Makerspace

A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing using both high tech tools and traditional crafting methods. Makerspaces are open to young people, adults and entrepreneurs and have a variety of equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, soldering irons, sewing machines, CAD Cutters and heat presses.

The maker community has a mindset of creating something out of nothing, working together to solve problems and helping support people who need skills in STEM related fields. They provide hands on learning, critical thinking and problem solving skills and boost self confidence. Makerspaces also foster entrepreneurship and provide incubators for business startups.

Whether you’re interested in traditional crafts, want to learn to use digital making equipment or just want to tinker with some electronics, Little Sandbox has something for you. Not least a friendly welcome and a hot drink

Facilities include:

  • Workspace
  • Wifi
  • Computers/laptops/tablets
  • Access to 3D Printer*
  • Access to Laser Cutter*
  • Access to Vinyl Cutter*
  • Access to Sublimation Printer and Oven*
  • Access to Heat presses
  • Soldering iron
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hand tools
  • Breadboards
  • Microcontrollers

Open Source Software includes:

  • Inkscape (vector graphics software)
  • Synfig (Animation software)
  • Light works (Video editing software)

Materials for Sale

  • MDf Wood – £1 per sheet of A4
  • Plywood – £1.50 per sheet of A4
  • Acrylic – £3 per sheet of A4
  • Standard fabric vinyl – £2 per sheet (12 x 12 inches)
  • Flock Vinyl – £2 per sheet (8 x 12 inches)
  • Fancy vinyls available on request
  • Sublimation papers – £1 per sheet/print
  • Bags – available on request
  • Mugs – available on request
  • T-shirts – available on request

* Equipment must be booked out to ensure availability, regardless of membership level.

Hot Desk

Freelance designer, coder, editor? Fed up of working home alone?

£5 per day

  • Work out of our shared space
  • Free WiFi
  • Printer/Scanner/Copier
  • use of workshop equipment, if available

Equipment Hire

Don’t fancy a regular subscription? Pay as you go…

Book out our machines from £5 per half day

  • Hire out our laser cutter, 3D Printer or Vinyl Cutter
  • Make use of the workshop to assemble your creations
  • bring your own materials or buy materials from us (check availability in advance)
  • Must book in advance.

Basic Membership

£10 per month

Show your love for making by supporting our space with a regular donation to running costs and enjoy the following perks:

  • No fee for use of materials at maker day
  • Be part of the Sandbox Community by sharing your creations, collaborate with other members and get involved with growing the space.
  • Have a say on future equipment purchases and events.

Full Membership

£35 per month

  • Work out of our shared space anytime from 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday
  • Be part of the Sandbox Community by sharing your creations, collaborate with other members and get involved with growing the space.
  • Discounted workshops or courses.



  • Access anytime from 10am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday
  • Use the maker space to make, produce, create your products for sale.
  • Use of storage drawer to keep your materials and tools


How to Join

Create an online account (or login, if you already have one). The registration form will appear below.

Choose your preferred membership type.

Complete payment details to set up your membership subscription. Membership will start from the day of joining and last for 1 month. Membership will be automatically renewed on the same date each month, unless it is cancelled.