Drop In Session and Demos

The Festival of Thrift is a free family event. Teaching visitors how to save money and the planet by being more sustainable by being creative. Through upcycling, recycling, fixing and reusing we can all make a huge difference to our own pockets.

As well as a host of artists, workshops, wonderful food & drink and performances there are many opportunities to try drop in session and to watch demonstrations, these are all free! Here are some you probably don’t yet know about…

  • Have a go at traditional skills with blacksmithing (if the weather is fine) felting and willow weaving – Abundant Durham, ANTEEN ALLEY
  • Learn the art of lime rendering – English Heritage, CANTEEN ALLEY
  • An opportunity to chip away and learn stone masonry, Durham Cathedral, CANTEEN ALLEY
  • Stitch away at our Train Quilt or take your own project away, REJIG, Yarn Meeting Room, 1st Floor, LINGFIELD HOUSE
  • Try and array of printing techniques with the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form Student, Suite 16, 1st Floor LINGFIELD HOUSE
  • Watch demonstrator spinners and have a go with the Bobbin Tea, Bobbin TIpi, BEEHIVE OUTDOOR
  • Throw your own pot on a spinning potter’s wheel with Cleavaux Trust – LINGFIELD OUTDOOR
  • Get tips and advice from the best with 1:1 money saving sessions with Darlington Building Society, Jennifer Drew (Coupon Detective) and Ashleigh Money Saver – BEEHIVE INDOOR

This is just a taster, there are so many other things to see and do including story telling, making a train set, building the Locomotion (around a tricycle) and riding it around the site, making jam, designing furniture with Adam Clarke as part of the ‘New Boosbeck Industries’ exhibition… it’s all free too!

See you at the Festival of Thrift.


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