Archive 2015

The Festival of Thrift 2015 took place on the 26th & 27th September 2015 at Lingfield Point, Darlington. The Theme was Steam. Look back at the fabulous programme:

Regeneration talk

Ingenuity in Culture & Regeneration – BIG TALK

Date: Saturday 26th September
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Talks Mezzanine, Beehive Indoor

What does a sustainable future look like? What kinds of partnerships do we need to create the towns and cities we want to live in and work in together? Darlington will be part of the Tees Valley Bid for Capital of Culture 2025 – the 200th anniversary of the world’s first passenger steam railway, the […]

Train Set

Train Sets

Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Lingfield House

Oh the wonders of the scenery wrapped around a toy railway track. Railway stations with clock towers and waiting rooms, scooters travelling down winding roads with bridges and crossings, trees and ponds (perhaps with a fisherman or two), cows munching in the fields… Let your imagination run riot and help us build the most tremendous […]



Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 10:30 - 17.00
Location: Beehive Indoors

Darly is an enchanting, artist made, old wooden train carriage stuffed with stories, images, sounds and scenes for families to explore.

Created by visual Artist Hannah Fox and Sound Artist Dan Fox, Darly will be an enchanting and playful interactive sculpture, a curiosity box like no other, exploring the past and future of industry, rail and pioneering in the North East over the last 200 years.

Wayne talk

The True Cost of Fashion – BIG TALK

Date: Sunday 27th September
Time: 12:30 - 1:30
Location: Talks Mezzanine, Beehive Indoor

Wayne Hemingway will be joined by Andrea Freeman – Creative Director at the relaunched Beehive knitwear brand –  to talk about ‘the real price of fashion’, taking a look at the severe lack of morals and ethics in the making of clothes across the globe. During the talk they’ll be making reference to The True Cost – […]

Binners Talkers

What’s For Binner? – BIG TALK

Date: Sunday 27th September
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Talks Mezzanine, Beehive Indoor

A growing army of urban foragers are dining for free on the food that we throw away or leave unpicked and rotting in fields. Are these dumpster divers and supermarket scrumpers heroically saving the planet? Or is it just plain daylight robbery? Chaired by Food Guru Simon Preston (Radio 4’s The Town is the Menu, […]

lah di dah


Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 11:00 - 17.00
Location: Lunar Stage

Led by three super female instructors, Lah-di-dah is a mass 1920s workout that will have you in tip top shape for summer! Follow the ladies as their clipped tones guide you through moves including ‘high tea’, ‘the penguin’ and ‘chased by a bee’. Complete the actions in unison with your chums to create a delightful spectacle of health and vitality.

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The Urban Playground – STEAM

Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 11:00 - 15:30
Location: Beehive Arena, near the Lunar Stage.

Urban Explorers discover a locomotive and take you on a journey through its life, fusing parkour, dance and slapstick comedy. STEAM is family street-theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before. Urban explorers discover the skeletal remains of a machine that changed the world. Captivated, they open a furnace and shovel coal on the fires of the […]

Swivelympics images

Richard DeDomenici presents Swivelympics

Date: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Lingfield Close & on the Lunar Stage

Welcome to The Swivelympics – your chance to achieve international sporting greatness without standing up.  Team GB excel in the sitting down sports – cycling, rowing, sailing, equestrian – and The Swivelympics is designed to play to this home advantage. The aim of Swivelympics, other than world peace and human understanding, is to complete the most number of spins in one […]

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