Festival of Thrift

The Festival’s home is in Tees Valley. To date we have been located in Darlington and in Redcar.

The first Festival took place in 2013 at Lingfield Point in Darlington, making a big impact regionally and nationally, with 27,000 visitors, 17,000 more than expected. 2014 saw the Festival grow with 40,000 visitors pouring through the gates increasing to 45,000 coming along to the 2015 event. 2015 was the last Festival at Lingfield Point, where we celebrated the 190th anniversary of the first passenger steam train (between Stockton and Darlington).  The Festival team and sponsors and partners were delighted to be a winner of the 2015 Arts & Culture Observer Ethical Awards.

In 2016, the Festival moved location to Kirkleatham in Redcar. Over 35,000 people came along on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September to be entertained, inspired and educated about how to live thriftily and sustainably in style. Redcar and Cleveland have welcomed us back for the 2017 Festival which will be taking place 23 and 24 September 2017.

If you love life, you’ll love the Festival of Thrift.


5 responses to “ABOUT THE FESTIVAL”

  1. Alika young says:

    5 pounds parking that is disgusting . I will not be attending this year.

    • I’m sorry to hear that Alika. We are a community interest company – which means we’re not for profit so all our income goes into making the Festival happen each year. Festivals as big as ours have a number of expenses including hiring staff, tipis, stalls, cleaning, insurance, paying artists, making the site festival ready, toilets, signage, print… the list is huge! We want to keep the festival free, which we have, but we need income from some other sources. This is one way we can get income. £5 for a full day of free activities or £2.50 each for two, or £1.25 for four we think is really great value. Obviously it’s free if you walk or cycle, or the cost of a public transport ticket. Thanks for your message. Karen

      • Dawn says:

        Great that those with cars pay – enabling those who have little money are not excluded from a festival which can offer many money saving and ecologically friendly tips!

      • Mandy Watts says:

        We paid £17 for a family of four to get into the garlic festival on the Isle of Wight, whether in a car or not – £5 is a bargain!!

  2. prika says:

    great experience will come back again 🙂

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