Hitchin Hackspace

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarRepair Cafe @Hitchin Hackspace

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


Throw it away? No way!

Do you have something that needs fixing?

Prefer to mend it than throw it away?

The Repair café @Hitchin Hackspace will host its next event on Saturday 16th March from 11:00 until 15:00 at Hitchin Hackspace.

Pre-booking necessary from 23rd February on Plastic Free Hitchin’s social media platforms or send us an email if you would like to receive the booking form. 

The Repair Cafe is run entirely by volunteers and enables members of the public to bring their damaged items for volunteers to give them a new lease of life, preventing thousands of repairable household items from going to landfill every year.

Anything that’s broken (and which you can manage to carry on your own to the Repair Café) is welcome and has a good chance of getting properly repaired.

We will have a range of expert repairers available such as:

– electricals

– sewing and textiles

– bicycles

– hardware (computers, phones etc)

– glassware

– etc

You can even enjoy a cuppa and a cake whilst you wait.

Do you have a talent for fixing electrical, electronic or mechanical items, garden tools, bicycles, textiles or clothing – or something else entirely? If so and you’d like to help at our repair sessions, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact details: [email protected]


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67 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1NJ, UK

About the group

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Repair Cafe @Hitchin Hackspace

We have been hosting repair cafe events, 3 times a year, for the last 4 years.

Group Stats




hours volunteered


parties thrown


waste prevented


CO2 emission prevented

Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.


  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.