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).
We have won a multitude of awards since starting out, including Best Event Teesside (in 2015 and 2017), Gold as North East Tourism Event of the Year and the Observer Ethical Awards for Arts and Culture, recognising the fact that artists are embedded in the programme as agents for social change.
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!