Stunning new venue for fourth Festival of Thrift

Family Festival Festival of Thrift

Diary date listing and event details

Event: Festival of Thrift

Date: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 2016

Place: Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, Redcar, North East TS10 5NW

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free event. Parking £5 per car.

Details: , @Thriftfest ,

Stunning new venue for fourth Festival of Thrift

The award-winning Festival of Thrift, the UK’s only national celebration of sustainable living, is back for the fourth year running.

A large-scale, family-friendly event, it features leading and emerging artists, demonstrations, stalls, talks and workshops offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks as well as innovative and tasty food and drink.

Woodland trails, a museum, a walled kitchen garden, a church, stable blocks and almshouses form the backdrop of this year’s Festival at its new venue of Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, near Redcar on the North East coast.

The site will be filled with art installations, music, performances, stalls and plenty of talks and demonstrations with making, learning and opportunities to join in for all ages. There will also be foraging, campfire cooking and a giant community meal.

Over the Festival weekend, visitors can pitch in to build a den, forage for food, make jam, strut their stuff in the fashion show, fix their broken laptops and generally have a great deal of fun.

They can also hear about top money saving ideas, attend panel debates covering topics from thrifty fashion to regeneration and heritage, watch ‘how to’ films and demos, get   hands on playing and learning, buy thrifty goods from over one hundred handpicked stalls   and eat delicious food at the Bistro du Van in the stunning stable block, or at a range of picnic sites on the fields and in the woodlands.

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Media enquiries:

Rachel Smith, , 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 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.
  • Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds is 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 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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Issued: 8/6/2016


2 responses to “Stunning new venue for fourth Festival of Thrift”

  1. Keith hannon says:

    Any disabled parking please

    • Hello Keith, Yes, we’ll have disabled parking on site. It’ll be marked on the site map (which will be available in Aug/Sept) it’ll be published on our website. Thanks! Karen

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