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Northumbrian Water Zone

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Adventure Playground
Website: https://www.nwl.co.uk/your-home/saving-water/why-save-water.aspx

Artists Carol Newmarch and Anna Read of Secret Artists Company will be encouraging you to consider the importance of water collection – decorating water butts and inspiring conversation about environmental awareness and water conservation. The Secret Artists’ Company is a social enterprise which has the primary aim of promoting creativity and holistic healthy lifestyles and […]


Wild Animals

Catching ‘Wild Animals’ with Suzie Devey

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Festival Site

Join Suzie Devey and catch ‘wild animals’ at the Festival of Thrift. Get hands on with Suzie and make a beautiful woodland animal and then make a “Gonfalon” (banner with streamers) to play the game.  Tie 5 same coloured ribbons to your banner and then go out into the wilds…. look for other banners with different […]


Rag Time

Damaris Jean

Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: 12:45 - 13:30
Location: Stage
Website: http://www.vintagemusicevents.co.uk/

Damaris Jean performs songs from the 1940s through to the 1960s, having a special love for vintage blues, such as those sung by Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few.  Her performances can take listeners from the 1940s and the Blitz, with renditions of songs sung by the likes of Vera Lynn and Judy Garland, through to the […]


Museum Collection

Kirkleatham Museum Store

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 14:30
Location: Kirkleatham Museum Store (adjacent to Sophellie's Cafe)
Website: http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcweb.nsf/museums+Full+List/3A2F4F47A45AB4A180257C00003A614A?OpenDocument

Take a tour of the Kirkleatham Museum archives and see the many artefacts and curiosities donated from Redcar and the surrounding area. Normally closed to the public, it will be free to view each day of the Festival at 11am to 11.30am and 2pm to 2.30pm. Come and have a nosey and see the hidden […]


Kirkleatham Owl Centre

Kirkleatham Owl Centre

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Kirkleatham Owl Centre
Website: http://www.kirkleathamowlcentre.co.uk/events

Kirkleatham Owl Centre is offering a special discounted admission price to festival goers and will be running a range of talks and activities throughout the weekend. Home to a large collection of animals including owls, vultures, meerkats and emus, Kirkleatham is the oldest dedicated Owl Centre in the UK.  It is the area’s only specialist wildlife […]


Kentucky Cow Tippers

Kentucky Cow Tippers

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 13:45 - 14:30
Location: Stage

Since forming in 2008, the Kentucky Cow Tippers have deservedly earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting acts on the UK’s acoustic music scene.  Their unique approach to bluegrass draws from a deep appreciation of every aspect of the genre.  If you enjoy close vocal harmonies, wild bluegrass improvisation, witty […]


Alec and Connor

Tuned In

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:30 - 12.00
Location: Stage

Tuned In Redcar is for 11 – 19 year olds.  It’s a performance venue for theatre, dance and music with a recording studio, radio studio, arts and crafts room, media suite, ICT suite, chill out area and beach side café.  We asked them to recommend some up and coming young musicians for the Festival and […]


Neil Massey

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Routemaster Bus (Stage: Intervals throughout day)

We welcome back Darlington’s DJ Neil Massey, Voodoo café resident, mixing it up with Jazz Funk/fusion, Rare grooves plus a little AfroFunk and dedicated sets of Northern Soul. He is joined by  veterans of the scene Ronald Carlton and Deano Walker – they will be playing on the Stage and Routemaster Bus throughout the weekend. […]


Almshouses

Sir William Turner’s Almshouses

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 15:30
Location: Sir William Turner’s Almshouses

Kirkleatham is the birthplace of Sir William Turner who was Lord Mayor of London in 1669. He gave most of his fortune to found the Sir William Turner’s Hospital, designed by James Gibbs, in June 1676. Today, it is an independent almshouse. Turner bequeathed a substantial amount of money to his great nephew, Cholmley Turner, […]


Pauline Taylor – Upcycled Flags and Giant Bunting

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Toasting Gate Field
Website: http://www.infinitearts.co.uk/

Artist Pauline Taylor from Infinite Arts has been working with students from Huntcliff secondary school, Saltburn primary school, Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College to create the giant bunting on the walls of the walled garden. Her beautiful flags welcome you across the Festival site. She will be in the Starzebo working with visitors […]


Ben Dodge – Printed tote bags

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Toasting Gate Field
Website: https://bendodge.com/

Get hands on with screen print artist Ben Dodge and print your own unique Festival of Thrift tote bag – a fabulous range of colours available in eco- friendly cotton. Use them to carry away your festival bargains, picnic goodies and swap shop exchanges! Ben will be showing you how it’s done and demonstrating some […]


Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 14:00 - 14:45
Location: Stage
Website: http://www.biscuithead.co.uk/

On which side does a camel part it’s hair?  When is Austria?  Does cheese affect my credit rating? All these questions can be answered by Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers. From time immemorial these four musicians have stood at the gateway of nonsense begging for peanuts. Spending most of their time trapped in force fields and […]


Museum Mash-Up

Grennan and Sperandio present Museum Mash-up

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Plantation Road

Simon Grennan takes Kirkleatham Museum out onto the open road in a Gipsy caravan which has been hidden from view in its wonderful store. Join him to create your own collage with a mash up of images from the Museum’s collection with historic and contemporary images of Teesside, then retitle your finished artwork to display […]


Food & Drink Stalls

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17.00
Location: Across the Festival Site

Throughout the festival site we’ll have plenty of places for you to refuel, with a huge variety of stalls selling all manner of delicious food and drink. Artisan bread, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, biscuits, macarons, ginger bread, fudge, sweets, brownies, chocolate, patisserie, cheesecake, jam, cake, sausages, scotch eggs, cordials, cider, dressings,just to name a […]


Safia Minney

Big Talk – Future Careers in Fairness with Safia Minney and Wayne Hemingway

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lawn

Safia Minney MBE FRSA is a British social entrepreneur and author. She is the founder and Director of People Tree, a pioneering sustainable and Fair Trade fashion label with a mission to provide customers with beautiful clothes.  A noted spokesperson and campaigner on Fair Trade and ethical fashion, she initiated World Fair Trade Day in […]


Rejig

Rejig Sewing Workshop

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: St Cuthbert's

Join us in the REJIG Sewing Workshop at The Festival of Thrift and help to make a quilt from recycled fabrics in a weekend. Sewers of all ages and abilities wanted – come and sew together – lots of help and support and everyone welcome. Be part of something that grows out of our lovely […]


Group at Stables credit to Jason Hynes

Navigator North presents STABLE

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Stable
Website: http://navigatornorth.co.uk/?page_id=1664

STABLE – a project combining the talents of selected new and established artists from Teesside and County Durham, creating a series of striking new artworks to temporarily transform the historic stable block on the Festival of Thrift site.  Works will respond to the history of the site and the Festival’s commitment to sustainability.  They include […]


View from a Bridge

Grennan and Sperandio create new sculptures using Kirkleatham Museum collection

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Kirkleatham Museum

Artist duo Simon Grennan and Christoper Sperandio have created a series of sculptures for Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar, combining items from the museum collection with objects made and manufactured by local companies.  The new sculptures,  which form part of the project Meeting Point, will be on show from 30 August until 29 September.  The works present […]


Gumtree Bus

Gumtree Double Decker Bus #upcyclerevolution

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Festival Site
Website: https://www.gumtree.com/content/upcycling-hub/

Gumtree  is on a mission to inspire the nation to waste less and, as a hub for buying old furniture and even selling upcycled goods, it has been leading the charge of the Upcycle Revolution. With the help of Max McMurdo and a team of savvy upcyclers, it has transformed an old double decker bus […]


Hard up and Happy

Big Talk- How to be Hard Up and Happy

Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lawn
Website: http://www.hardupandhappy.co.uk/

Amy Kelly writes the How to be Hard up and Happy blog. She is married to Paul and between them they have 5 children. They have brought them up on a very tight budget, in fact everything they have done has been on a budget. Christmases, birthdays and even their wedding. Amy will be sharing her […]


St Cuthbert's

St Cuthbert’s

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: St Cuthbert's
Website: http://www.stcuthbertsandsthildas.co.uk/stcuthberts.html

Based in the heart of Kirkleatham village, St Cuthbert’s is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the region, certainly one with the best examples of Georgian architecture! St Cuthbert’s will be throwing open their doors and celebrating the Festival of Thrift throughout the weekend. There’ll be drop in activities from Rosi Thornton  […]


Corey Baker presents Phone Box

Corey Baker Dance presents Phone Box

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: Courtyard
Website: http://www.coreybakerdance.com/about/

Phone Box brings to life this nostalgic British icon with thrilling dance and a wacky digital sound-score. You’ll be captivated and amazed as you watch an impressive feat of acrobatic and physical moves in and on a vintage red telephone box. This show promises to entertain and exhilarate in equal measure!


Mufti Games Massive Battleships

Mufti Games presents Massive Battleships

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 16:30
Location: Adventure Playground
Website: http://muftigames.com/

A super-sized team version of the classic naval guessing game, played across the Festival of Thrift site. The cowardly Captain has abandoned his post, leaving just the brave but clueless cabin-boy in charge of the whole fleet! Will you step aboard to save the day? Using binoculars, with flags and flashcards to signal spectacular hits […]


Roop Singh Storytelling

Roop Singh – Storytelling

Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: Adventure Playground

Creative Storytelling Sessions 40-60mins In these sessions Roop Singh will explore how simple life experiences can be turned into fascinating and inspirational stories. Especially aimed for younger children 3-11yrs, but enjoyed by all. In other words,  good old fashioned storytelling. Top Tips for budding Storytellers 60-90mins Here’s a chance to learn some storytelling tips from someone who has […]


People’s Encyclopedia on the Trolley Bus

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Location: Kirkleatham Museum

We don’t know everything – even though some of us like to think we do – but there’s someone out there that does! Instead of borrowing a book, borrow one of our humans, ask them a question and sit back and soak up the knowledge. Visit the People’s Encyclopedia in the stunning historic trolley bus from […]


Pat Renton

Pat Renton – Storytelling

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 14:30
Location: Lawn

Hear how Jimmy, when picking blackberries, was taken by the fairy folk and the terrible trouble Jack had when he was given a magic bottle! Who is Gluskabi? and why was Sambalelee covered in tar and beaten by an old woman?  Hear these old tales and more about the strange world we live in!


GWK Woodshed presents Den Building

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Festival Site
Website: http://gwkwoodshed.org.uk/about-woodshed

Ever wanted to learn how to build your very own garden den?  With the help of the very clever guys from GWK Woodshed, you can learn how to turn reclaimed wood, rope, a few nails and some material into dens, showing you the basic skills needed to make your own.  The experts will be on […]


Gertrude Bell

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Kirkleatham Museum
Website: http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcweb.nsf/Event?ReadForm&ID=DBFCAD8D52E884B380257F6C0058C5E9

Meet Gertrude Bell – a North East born explorer, archaeologist, diplomat, linguist, writer and mountaineer who was a key figure in the discussions that led to the creation of Iraq following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire.  Gertrude Bell spent a large part of her childhood in Redcar residing at the family home – Red Barns […]


Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Empathy Museum presents A Mile in My Shoes

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 15:30
Location: Field
Website: http://www.empathymuseum.com/

What is it like to have spent years in prison, or to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to have rediscovered love in your eighties? The Empathy Museum could help you find out. Explore how empathy can have the power to transform our personal relationships and tackle global challenges. An interactive shoe shop, […]


Track

Graeme Miller presents Track

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Stable
Website: http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/artists/graeme-miller

Track is a moveable installation work by Graeme Miller that throws landscape through 90º and sets it in motion. Face-up and camera-style, the viewer is gently pushed by their individual grip along metres of dolly track and invited to gaze up. For the participant, the work creates a total shift in relationship with whichever environment, […]


Chocolate Fish

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candy Maker

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Lawn

After years of decline, is the High Street making a come-back? A new wave of young and young-at-heart entrepreneurs are rediscovering traditional skills like brewing, preserving and fishmongery and risking everything to start small scale businesses. Find out what it takes to throw in the towel, start over and join a growing army of artisan food […]


1950's Beamish

Beamish Museum at the Festival of Thrift

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Festival Site
Website: http://www.beamish.org.uk/

Enjoy 50s fun at the Festival of Thrift. Come along to Beamish’s 1950s caravan to try on some beautiful frocks, have your hair done 50s style, have a go at stilt walking and hula hooping or simply relax and watch the world go by in one of our deckchairs!  


Bopom Bike

Sound Intervention presents Boom Bike Bourrée

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 12:45 - 16:30
Location: Across the Festival Site
Website: http://www.boombikebourree.com/

Boom Bike Bourrée are an original 21st century street band. A joyous mix of medieval dance, traditional folk and hip-hop featuring grinding hurdy-gurdy, pumping accordion, slide trombone and a human beat-boxer.   They will be popping up in unexpected places across the Festival site.  Join them for a mobile digital music workshop creating live loops […]


Guy Mitchell Design – handmade ceramic tile making

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Heritage Zone, Plantation Road.
Website: http://www.guymitchelldesign.com

A dedicated designer-maker of handmade ceramic tiles, Guy will run drop-in workshops throughout the festival. You will be able to make a tile or decorate a pre-made blank tile. Making a tile will involve rolling out a small slab of clay, decorating it by pressing textures into it and then cutting out the tile shape.  Decorate […]


OxGlam Fashion Show

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 16:15 - Saturday & 15.30 Sunday
Location: Main stage at Kirkleatham Museum

Back on the stage, this time with outfits inspired by Kirleatham’s Museum, and a Day at Redcar Races! Our OxGlam team will be delving into Kirkleatham’s collection – a hidden  treasure trove of costumes donated over the years by local residents – so expect to see something surprising, inspirational and – of course – transferable to your own […]


Whalley Range All Stars present Ye Gods!

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:30 - 15:30
Location: Adventure Playground
Website: http://www.wras.org.uk/

YE GODS! is a new show by the Whalley Range All Stars. It features a model town which three god-like figures gradually bring to life with a witty use of objects that are placed inside buildings and which trigger appropriate sound effects. Church bells ring out, a factory grinds into action, there’s a boozy sing-along in […]


DJukebox

DJukebox

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: Stable
Website: http://www.humanjukebox.co.uk/

The DJukebox is an interactive jukebox with a live DJ inside. The audience are invited to choose from one of over 60 classic tracks and the DJ will spin their records. Everything from roots to reggae, from Mozart to metal or from bee bop to hip hop the DJukebox has it all.  Served hot and […]

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Mouthful

Mouthful presents Phoenix Voices

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 12:15 - 17:00
Location: Across the Festival Site

170 voices celebrating 170 years of steel-working on Teesside. Connecting communities through song is a universal cultural tradition. In times of trouble, celebration and ritual humans make and recreate songs as a way of narrating and affirming lived and imagined stories. PHOENIX VOICES will bring together people of all ages in specifically targeted Redcar communities […]


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Mischief la Bas presents The Scone of Destiny

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 12:00 - 16:30
Location: Across the Festival Site
Website: http://www.mischieflabas.co.uk/web/

The mystery and awe surrounding the ancient Scone of Destiny is celebrated by the colourful Women’s Guild of Master Bakers through parade, ritual and dance. Dressed in traditional costumes representing Flour, Sugar, Butter and Sultana, they proudly carry the legendary baked wonder through the streets. Their parade is an interactive performance interspersed with 10 minute […]


Between us we know everything

Quarantine presents Between us, we know everything…

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Location: Plantation Road
Website: http://www.betweenusweknoweverything.com

2010 marked the last print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica: in 25 years, the web has replaced a 246-year old resource. Between us, we know everything… seeks to capture what we know, everything we know, anything we know. It’s about all the useful and useless information we’ve acquired over the course of our lives. It’s […]


Jamallot 2015

Jamallot

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17.00
Location: Festival Site

Our very own Festival of Thrift Jam & Chutney Factory! You don’t need a ticket just drop in. We’ll be producing artisan jams, chutneys and soups – onsite – from your donated vegetables and fruit. Chopping, cooking, stirring; preserving, tasting, bottling and labelling; or just serving hot. Donate your excess fruit and vegetables (from the […]


Bistro Du Van

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Location: The Stables, Kirkleatham

Bistro Du Van is back by popular demand and the time in the wonderful courtyard in the Stables. Gorgeous! Each van is adopted by a local chef who will design your menu, prepare and serve your food. You can book on the day, so just turn up and see which vans are available, the menus […]


Festival of Thrift

Fix-it Café

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17.00
Location: Pavilion

Find your way to fix your items. Repair and re-use rather than refuse. Experts and a range of equipment will be on hand to help you find your own fix for your broken items. Recycling old items from electronic stuff like stylophones and computers, to mobile phones and TVs to mechanical music boxes and faulty […]


The Sol Cinema

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Field

Grab your popcorn and take your seat for a ‘Festival of Thrift’ programme of ‘how-to’ videos, clips and advice. Sol Cinema is a tiny, but beautifully formed, cinema. Powered by the sun with all the traditional trimmings you’d expect, including usherettes and popcorn. Back by popular demand and super sustainable. Running times will be 11.00 -12.30pm 1.30 […]


Spirits of the Sea

Theatre Hullabaloo presents SPIRITS OF THE SEA

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:30 - 14:30
Location: Pavilion
Website: http://www.theatrehullabaloo.org.uk/

It is said that, in ancient times, people cast their fears and worries into the sea. Burdened by people’s sorrows, the sea soon began to feel angry and demons grew from the waves. Only one little girl can calm the sea and teach the children that it is better to let their worries play in […]


Festival Food & Drink

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17.00
Location: Throughout the Festival site

We take food seriously at the Festival, with food guru Simon Preston at the helm. We’ll have hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and wonderful stalls selling tasty homemade goods too. We’ve got vegetarian and vegan options on site too. Hot savoury food comes in the form of Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse, On the Goa, Scream […]


Life Boat

The Institute for Crazy Dancing presents Life Boat

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Adventure Playground
Website: http://www.icdancing.com/

Life Boat – the slowest ride on earth. The only one of its type on the planet. And a prototype… A participatory installation for one and all. Rock in the hammocks, hear the drum beat and the chain rattle as the Life Boat alphabet unfolds… then post your Forecast for the Future in the Ship’s Log. […]


Redcar - The Town is the Menu with Simon Preston

Redcar – The Town is the Menu

Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 15:00
Location: The Walled Garden, Kirkleatham
Website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2588292

This is something extra special. A unique, one-off experience developed for the Festival of Thrift 2016 by Simon Preston, our food guru whose BBC Radio 4 series The Town Is the Menu sees top chefs create a new dish inspired by their home town – now it’s Redcar’s turn! Book your place at the Redcar – The […]


Festival of Thrift The Ringmaster

Paul L Martin presents The Ringmaster

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Festival Site
Website: http://www.paullmartin.com/

The Ringmaster – Paul L Martin is one of the UK’s most sought-after events compères with a string of high profile venues and clients during his 22 years in the business. We look forward to welcoming him back after his first visit to Festival of Thrift last year – he will be  exploring the site encouraging […]


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