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Festival of Thrift - 23rd & 24th September 2017, Kirkleatham, Redcar

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

Back in 2013, we held the very first Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham, Redcar; a free, fun and family-friendly celebration of everyday living, with upcyling, recycling and sustainability at its core. It had everything: great food, fantastic music, interactive entertainment, market stalls selling beautiful hand-crafted wares, workshops and thought-provoking art.

We expected 10,000 people to join us over the two days, and we were so very wrong... 27,000 festival-goers poured through the gates, eager to experience all that The Festival of Thrift had to offer –  we were chuffed to bits! Read just how chuffed we were on our blog, and how, in Wayne's words, “The festival proved that ‘thrift’ isn’t just a flash in the pan. It’s a genuine response to the economy and the state of the world that is creaking under mass-consumption.”

Festival Director, Stella Hall added: “It is fantastic to have another year now secured for this unique event.  We can now press on with planning a programme to delight and inspire visitors again at Kirkleatham in September.  It will be another amazing event so I would urge everyone to get the date in their diary".

“We believe culture has as an important part to play in the future economic development of Tees Valley, which is why we have put it at the forefront of our Strategic Economic Plan and Devolution Deal.  The Festival of Thrift  and its growing success is a key part of the cultural renaissance in the area, and we are delighted to see it taking a prominent place in the Tees Valley annual calendar of cultural events in the area. Engaging people with creativity around such an important agenda as living sustainably is critical in a region which is leading the world in low carbon technology.” - David Budd, Chairman, Tees Valley Combined Authority


With the Observer Ethical Award for Culture and Arts 2015 and Tourism Event of the Year under its belt, The Festival of Thrift has become an annual staple to the calendar.

Further details can be found here



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