What Our Visitors and Media Say

Five Stars
This festival is just amazing for the whole family, highly recommend it. Feel lucky it's just down the road, great ethos and great atmosphere! Will definitely be there next year.

Holly Alana Forster Lowery from Facebook

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Five Stars
Just wanted to touch base and thank you for such an amazing weekend at Thriftfest, what a fantastic concept. We loved bringing our Gumtree upcycling bus and the feedback from those on it all seemed to be very positive which was great. Blimey the weather was kind to us!

Lynne Lambourne from Love Nellie

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Five Stars
My friend and I had a truly wonderful day out. I'm only sorry I didn't come on the Saturday too and also should've spent more time researching and booking on a few of the workshops in advance. Still, at least I know what to do next year to fully maximise this warm, friendly feeling the festival brought to me. Well done to all involved.

Emily Bentley from Facebook

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Five Stars
The Festival of Thrift is the highlight of the ethical consumer's calendar!

Lucy Siegle from British journalist and writer on environmental issues

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Five Stars
Fantastic weekend lots to do and see, some amazing upcycled objects ie the bags made from news paper and DJ box made from a porta loo . The food very tasty, the goat curry and the vegan cakes were delushious. So much creativity everywhere especially the design and the making of the fashion show dresses based on Redcar's SSI steel works. All in all nice sunny weather and a great location.

Heather Gibson from Facebook

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Five Stars
Well done to everyone involved in the organisation, hosting & participation of the Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham, Redcar. I have never witnessed such fabulous activity in my home town. I was very proud that it was held in the beautiful setting of Kirkleatham Village. It was spread out over the whole village, which made it fun & interesting to wander around & be surprised with what you found next! It was packed with visitors who had many interesting & fun stalls to browse & purchase from. I loved every minute!

Diana Higgs from Facebook

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Five Stars
Incredible 2 days. I swung in a hammock on a "lifeboat", I walked a mile in someone else's shoes, I crafted a lamp with #UpcycleRevolution, I listened to fabulous live music, I traveled on tracks to see trees from a different viewpoint, I impressed a ceramic tile, I ate delicious local foods, I listened to storytellers... It was a blast

Amore Brison from Facebook

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Five Stars
Had the best weekend. The location, events, workshops, entertainment, ambiance, company and weather were all amazing.

Michaela Worthington from Facebook

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