Archive 2016

The Festival of Thrift 2016 took place on the 17th & 18th September 2016 at Kirkleatham, Redcar. Look back at the fabulous programme:


Sir William Turner’s Almshouses

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 15:30
Location: Sir William Turner’s Almshouses

Kirkleatham is the birthplace of Sir William Turner who was Lord Mayor of London in 1669. He gave most of his fortune to found the Sir William Turner’s Hospital, designed by James Gibbs, in June 1676. Today, it is an independent almshouse. Turner bequeathed a substantial amount of money to his great nephew, Cholmley Turner, […]

Pauline Taylor – Upcycled Flags and Giant Bunting

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Toasting Gate Field

Artist Pauline Taylor from Infinite Arts has been working with students from Huntcliff secondary school, Saltburn primary school, Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College to create the giant bunting on the walls of the walled garden. Her beautiful flags welcome you across the Festival site. She will be in the Starzebo working with visitors […]

Ben Dodge – Printed tote bags

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Toasting Gate Field

Get hands on with screen print artist Ben Dodge and print your own unique Festival of Thrift tote bag – a fabulous range of colours available in eco- friendly cotton. Use them to carry away your festival bargains, picnic goodies and swap shop exchanges! Ben will be showing you how it’s done and demonstrating some […]

Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 14:00 - 14:45
Location: Stage

On which side does a camel part it’s hair?  When is Austria?  Does cheese affect my credit rating? All these questions can be answered by Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers. From time immemorial these four musicians have stood at the gateway of nonsense begging for peanuts. Spending most of their time trapped in force fields and […]

Museum Mash-Up

Grennan and Sperandio present Museum Mash-up

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Plantation Road

Simon Grennan takes Kirkleatham Museum out onto the open road in a Gipsy caravan which has been hidden from view in its wonderful store. Join him to create your own collage with a mash up of images from the Museum’s collection with historic and contemporary images of Teesside, then retitle your finished artwork to display […]

Food & Drink Stalls

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17.00
Location: Across the Festival Site

Throughout the festival site we’ll have plenty of places for you to refuel, with a huge variety of stalls selling all manner of delicious food and drink. Artisan bread, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, biscuits, macarons, ginger bread, fudge, sweets, brownies, chocolate, patisserie, cheesecake, jam, cake, sausages, scotch eggs, cordials, cider, dressings,just to name a […]

Safia Minney

Big Talk – Future Careers in Fairness with Safia Minney and Wayne Hemingway

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lawn

Safia Minney MBE FRSA is a British social entrepreneur and author. She is the founder and Director of People Tree, a pioneering sustainable and Fair Trade fashion label with a mission to provide customers with beautiful clothes.  A noted spokesperson and campaigner on Fair Trade and ethical fashion, she initiated World Fair Trade Day in […]


Rejig Sewing Workshop

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: St Cuthbert's

Join us in the REJIG Sewing Workshop at The Festival of Thrift and help to make a quilt from recycled fabrics in a weekend. Sewers of all ages and abilities wanted – come and sew together – lots of help and support and everyone welcome. Be part of something that grows out of our lovely […]

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