Our Return to Kirkleatham in 2017

fot-16-oxglam-by-tracy-kidd-photographyThe hugely popular Festival of Thrift has announced that it is returning to Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds near Redcar on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017.

Over 35,000 people attended the 2016 event on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September to be entertained, inspired and educated about how to live thriftily and sustainably in style.

Festival of Thrift director Stella Hall said that the Festival team are delighted to have been invited back to Kirkleatham by Redcar and Cleveland Council.

“Redcar and Cleveland welcomed us with open arms in 2016 and gave us wonderful support that enabled us to deliver an amazing festival to help boost the area so we are thrilled to be coming back in 2017.”

Visitors flocked to the 2016 event to enjoy a weekend jam-packed with activities designed for everyone.

Stella added: “It is fantastic to have another year now secured for this unique event.  We can now press on with planning a programme to delight and inspire visitors again at Kirkleatham in September.  It will be another amazing event so I would urge everyone to get the date in their diary.

“If people want a break from the dark days of January there are photos from last-year’s super, sunny and joyful Festival on our website as well as a lovely film that will prompt lots of happy memories.  You can also sign up for our email newsletter so you keep updated about what we have planned.”

Media enquiries:

Rachel Smith, rachel@festivalofthrift.co.uk , 07905215712



  • The Festival of Thrift is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and enabled through a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council,
  • The Festival was born in Darlington in 2012 and is growing up across the Tees Valley region, with a move to Kirkleatham in 2016.
  • In 2015 the Festival won the Arts Award in the Observer Ethical Awards, which celebrate the people, organisations and campaigners who are leading the way to ensure we have an ethical future.
  • The Festival won gold for the North East Tourist Event of 2015.

2017 event

  • The Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017, 10am – 5pm at Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds near Redcar on the north east coast.
  • It is located in the tranquil village of Kirkleatham, in and around Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, a Grade II listed building which dates from 1709 and now houses Kirkleatham Museum.
  • Kirkleatham village has one of the best collections of Georgian-style buildings in England and the almshouses on the Festival site, which were built in 1676, are architecturally and historically notable.
  • Sustainable transport options are available to help festival goers get to the site,

Useful links:

About the festival

Photos and video footage of Festival of Thrift 2016

Festival team

Annual report 2015

Observer ethical award 2015


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