New Tees venue for fourth Festival of Thrift

FoT Best Dressed Thrifters by Tracy Kidd

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

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 Teesside.

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.

Festival director Stella Hall said: “We’re taking the Festival on tour this year after three very successful years in Darlington.

“Our venue in the grounds of Kirkleatham Museum this year is an absolute gem of a festival location.

“We are delighted to be working with Redcar & Cleveland Council and our other partners to help bring this fun family event to a new venue to spread the message about thrifty living from a woodland backdrop in the north east this time.”

The festival’s co-founder Wayne Hemingway said: “It’s a lovely location for a festival that is now nationally recognised as being something very special.

“It’s great to have the chance to make an impact in another part of the Tees Valley and we can’t wait to explore and learn about another part of the north east and to help bring good news to a town that has taken some blows in recent months.”

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, on Saturday and Sunday September 17 and 18, 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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