12th – 19th September 2019

Returning for a second year Viewpoints is focusing on clean air in the Tees Valley. This exciting and ambitious project will include sculptures, installations and artworks displayed across the Tees Valley during the run up to the festival weekend. Highlights include a lung cleaning station, a giant canary, an extraordinary green house, an observation platform and a giant drawing using ink from a surprising source! Locations are yet to be revealed so keep checking our website festivalofthrift.co.uk



What is the festival all about?

22 – 23 September 10am-5pm

It’s the national celebration of sustainable living! A big FREE weekend of activities designed for all the family. Showing you how to save money, be environmentally savvy and live a rich and creative life. Leading and emerging artists, demonstrations, stalls, talks & workshops offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks as well as innovative tasty food and drink. Admission is FREE. Parking is £5 per car.

Where is it?

It’s based in and around the village of Kirkleatham in Redcar. It’s a quite a big site and includes Kirkleatham Museum and its grounds, woodlands, a large field, a school and an old stable block.

How do I get there?

As part of our Thrifty aims we encourage people to come by public transport.

BY BIKE Kirkleatham is on a cycle route with plenty of cycle parking onsite. Sustrans Cycling or walking to the Festival offers so much: it keeps you fit, it’s fast, cheap, reliable and good for the environment too!  Free cycle parking is available and Kirkleatham Museum is located on the National Cycle Network which is 14,000 miles of traffic free or quiet on road routes:  https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map

BY BUS From Redcar Central there are buses from theRailway Station Stand 2 bus stop
in West Dyke Road inRedcar. 63 towards Middlesbrough, 81 towards Stokesley or, on Sunday only, 81A towards Guisborough.

BY CAR The main approach road to Kirkleatham Village is the A174 ‘Parkway’. Follow the Brown signs. Parkingaround the site is controlled and all Festival goers should park in the Festival car park – there is no parking on roads or verges.

BY TRAIN The nearest railway station is Redcar Central on the Middlesbrough to Saltburn line. If you have travelled by train and show
your ticket on an Arriva bus you will receive
a discounted ticket price to Kirkleatham (63 and 81/81A). Please see www.northernrailway.co.uk or www.connectteesvalley.com for all times
and routes.

Is it accessible?

We a disabled car parks on site. BSL (signers) from Becoming Visible will accompany all talks and several performances. The site is very accessible for buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs although some of the activities are on grass. The woodland areas have pathways mostly laid with gravel and edged for clearly marked routes. Most pathways will be wide enough for access. Please note the site does get busy!

What are the workshops?

Every year we offer a range of reasonably priced workshops that offer visitors the chance to learn a new skill. This year we have blacksmithing, traditional weaving, silk painting, ceramics, baking, jam making and lots more. Some you need to get tickets for some are drop in sessions on the day. Please visit the website for more information. www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/workshops

Can I bring dogs?

Yes you can. Please ensure they are on a lead and be aware that the site can get very busy.

How do I find out what’s on?

We have What’s on section on the website and there is also a printed programme available from Kirkleatham Museum. If you email info@festivalofthrift.co.uk we will email you a pdf programme.

Are there vegetarian/vegan/gluten/diary free food option?

Yes! This year we have a large number of food stalls that cater many dietary requirements please look out for the stall posters.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes there are lots of picnic spots and we even have blankets to hire if you need one!

Are there bars onsite?

We have three bars at the festival.

Is there a cash point?

There will not be a cash machine onsite this year.

Do I need to buy a ticket?

No, you do not need to buy a ticket to come to the Festival. Admission is free (though you do need to pay to park your car at the site, this money goes in to making the Festival happen!). There are hands-on activities and demos throughout the whole weekend for you to enjoy. You can choose to buy tickets for special activities which include the The Town is the Menu (a community meal), The Saturday Picnic Cinema (which includes camping and a film) (http://picniccinema.co.uk/moulin-rouge-thrift/)  and workshops and other special events. These tickets are available to purchase on line.

Viewpoints by Festival of Thrift has been created with support from Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Green House

Cabinet of Curiosity

In the nineteenth century, green spaces within urban environments were identified as the ‘lungs of the city’ due to their purifying qualities. This architectural installation will showcase modern building techniques used to eliminate toxicity in the home and contain a living environment showcasing plants that possess the most effective air cleaning properties. 


Colin Davies

HALDANE is an enormous painting on one of the Tees Valley’s industrial plants installed using a “dazzle” camouflage technique – a technique used on ships during the First World War. The painting will feature a series of canaries, which were often used in mining to signify the presence of toxic gases. HALDANE gives a visual nod to Teesside’s shipbuilding heritage as well as connecting us to our mining past.

Sit, Stop

Sally Hogarth

A lone free standing wooden pavilion invites visitors to mindfully reconnect with nature through simple observation. Sit, Stop will offer a unique viewpoint to a fascinating area of the Tees Valley, taking the form of a pavilion structure inspired by the site’s terrain. Simply sit and observe the nature before you. Draw what you see watch and observe or simply take time to connect with the surroundings. 


Dawn Felicia Knox

Step inside a glowing cube filled with plants, light… and breath! This bold and immersive installation will function as a lung cleaning station, a fresh air portal filled with plants that are actively cleaning the air and removing the toxins that are released from the modern built environment.

You See, Breathe, Feel 

Peter Evans

This unique work will use ink created from recycled exhaust fumes. This thought-provoking artwork will showcase pollution in its physical form making a usually invisible environmental issue quite literally visible. Peter is working with Graviky Labs of India, who have pioneered this extraordinary process.