Our Return to Kirkleatham in 2017

13th Jan 2017

The 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 […]


Guest Blogger – Sally Barker

29th Nov 2016

Top Tips For Minimising Food Waste More than one third of the food produced in the world is wasted, thrown away, or spoilt, and Brits are some of the biggest culprits. Every year we throw away seven million tonnes of food: sometimes because it has gone past it’s best, sometimes because it became spoilt in transit, […]

Sally Barker Blog

Guest Blogger – Sally Barker

23rd Sep 2016

The Easiest Alcoholic Beverages To Make At Home (Legally!) What’s the point in going self-sustainable if you can’t celebrate your efforts with a hard-earned tipple? While it’s great to support the small brewing industry etc when you can, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t supplement your time down the pub with a few choice bevvies of your […]

Festival of Thrift 2016

Resounding success for fourth Festival of Thrift

18th Sep 2016

Over 35,000 visitors flocked to the award-winning Festival of Thrift in its new location at Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds near Redcar. The large-scale, family-friendly event proved to be hugely popular with crowds flooding onto the site throughout the two day extravaganza to enjoy the jam-packed programme of activities. Now in its fourth year, the Festival […]

Giant Bunting (Credit Tracy Kidd)

Little people and giant bunting as the Festival of Thrift prepares to get underway

15th Sep 2016

With over 140 things to see, do and enjoy, including an array of giant bunting, organisers of this year’s Festival of Thrift are urging people to plan ahead to get the most out of their visit. The fourth outing of the hugely popular, family-friendly, free to enter event is taking place on 17 and 18 […]

Millinery at CCAD

Learn the art of millinery at Festival of Thrift workshop

14th Sep 2016

Fans of fascinators can learn the art of hat making and make the most of their millinery skills as part of a workshop by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) at the Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham Hall this weekend. The Festival is a hugely popular free-to-enter event focussing on living sustainably in style […]


Eco fashion champion Safia Minney discusses ethics careers in fashion

12th Sep 2016

The founder and director of pioneering Fair Trade fashion label, People Tree, Safia Minney MBE FRSA is to visit the Festival of Thrift to highlight the issue of ethical careers in the fashion industry in an event aimed at youngsters who see their future in fashion. A leading social entrepreneur, whose mission is to provide […]

Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo to appear at the Festival of Thrift

9th Sep 2016

TV presenter and award winning designer and manufacturer of upcycled products Max McMurdo is heading to the Festival of Thrift. Max has recently been seen on shows including Channel 4’s ‘Shed of the Year’, ‘Gok’s Fill Your House For Free’  and a special episode of ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ which followed Max selling his house […]

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