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The Festival of Thrift is a national celebration of sustainable living

Sharing the joys of living a creative and fulfilling life that’s also full of fun.

Children building a wooden go-kart out of old pallets

Since its inception in 2013 the Festival has become the go-to event for anyone passionate about sustainable living and the organisers are now building a year-round programme to share the event’s energy and positive messages about helping to tackle climate change as widely as possible and are always looking for new partners who share the same passion.

The seventh Festival of Thrift takes place this year on the weekend of 14 and 15 September, when the wonderful woodland surroundings of Kirkleatham, near Redcar on the North East coast, will be transformed into a big free weekend packed full of activities for all.

The hugely popular event offers a unique programme featuring sustainable arts, crafts, music, fashion, food, shopping, talks, demos, workshops and upcycling inspiration, highlighting ways of being environmentally savvy and playing a part in addressing the threat posed by climate change.

A ring master wearing a top hat and proudly displaying their t-shirt which reads

In 2019 the Festival’s key themes are Clean Air, upturning ideas of the event’s Tees Valley home as a dirty industrial landscape, and a commemoration of the Moon Landing, symbolising the level of aspiration the Festival of Thrift has for our future.


Bookending the Festival in 2019 is the second year of Viewpoints by Festival of Thrift, a free, week-long programme of specially commissioned temporary public artworks that will explore aspects of the unique ecology, technology, landscape, history and industries of the Tees Valley region. Following on from the success of the first Viewpoints in 2018, the selected artists will raise awareness of issues around clean air and offer a fresh viewpoint in a range of locations across the Tees Valley.

To find out more about the Festival of Thrift, including its ongoing series of blog posts focusing on topical environmental issues, visit the event’s website at: and its social media channels: Twitter: @ThriftFest , Facebook: @festivalofthrift and Instagram: festivalofthrift

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