Festival of Thrift launches crowdfunding campaign to maintain free admission

FoT Piff Paff Flycycle on the move by Tracy Kidd

The Festival of Thrift has launched an online campaign to raise funds to help keep entry to the event free.

A crowdfunding campaign that runs for a month from 21 July aims to raise money to support the development of the Festival and maintain free entry to the two day event being held this year on 17 and 18 September in Kirkleatham, near Redcar.

The Festival is a cultural celebration for the people of the North East, the UK and beyond, offering visitors the chance to find the fun in learning how to reuse, recycle and upcycle, saving both money and benefiting the environment.

Last year’s event at Lingfield Point in Darlington offered 1,200 things to see and do, 60 artists, 120 stalls and 300 workshops and resulted in 45,000 visitors attending and the Festival organisers are aiming to increase this further.

Director of the Festival of Thrift, Stella Hall, said: “We are delighted that our unique family -friendly Festival is growing from strength to strength.

“We now need support to keep building the event so we continue to have a fabulous engaging programme with free admission that gets everyone in the community involved, particularly those on reduced incomes. We want to get families sharing their knowledge skills, and thrifty ideas and getting involved in more outside activities than ever before.”

This year’s event is at a new Tees Valley location including fields and woodland in and around the grounds of Kirkleatham Museum and Stella added: “We want to show families how to play in the great outdoors and learn skills that seem to be slipping away.

“Activities might include campfire cooking, making jam in our jam factory – Jamalittle –  as well as den building, making cardboard castles and orienteering before settling down to listen to magical story telling in the woods or at the Mariner’s Hut.

“It’s a gem of a festival that has built an incredibly loyal and passionate following since it launched  in 2013 but in the current climate where sponsorship and funding pots are severely strained we need some extra help from our friends to make it happen and keep it inclusive as we have to build the festival from scratch each year.”

The crowdfunder campaign aims to raise £7,500 to contribute to the costs of paying artists and craftspeople, production promotion and festival administration.

For further details and to make a donation visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-festival-of-thrift

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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 through a partnerships with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, PD Ports, Hemingway Design and Teesside University.
  • The Festival was born in Darlington in 2012 and is growing up across the Tees Valley region, with a move to Kirkleatham for its fourth event.
  • 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.

2016 event

  • The Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 2016 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.
  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are working in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation to deliver a new Catering Academy and Walled Garden as part of the restoration of the estate.
  • 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 will be available to help festival goers get to the site, more details to be made available soon.

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