The Festival of Thrift

by [email protected] in Kirkleatham Museum, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th August 2016 we successfully raised £2,963 with 86 supporters in 35 days

To keep admission FREE for the wonderful, award-winning Festival of Thrift.

by [email protected] in Kirkleatham Museum, England, United Kingdom

Hello and welcome to the Festival of Thrift, the UK's only National Celebration of Sustainable Living. Now award-winning and in its 4th year, the Festival will be taking place on 17 & 18 September at Kirkleatham Estate, Redcar, TS10 5NW

Who are we?

The Festival of Thrift is a free weekend Festival with a focus on how to live sustainably. It provides fun and unique drop in sessions, learning opportunities, arts and entertainment, thrifty advice, films, talks and demonstations as well as stalls and innovative food.

We have a wonderful community who describe the Festival as an annual highlight, we want to keep going, to keep admission FREE and to keep learning and sharing and teaching how living sustainably is fun, creative and for everyone. 

What is the plan and what's great about it?

1,200 things to see and do, 60 artists, 120 stalls and 300 workshops resulted in 45,000 visitors last year. We are delighted that our unique family friendly Festival is growing from strength to strength.

We would like your support to keep building. To continue to have a fabulous engaging programme and to keep the admission FREE, getting more of you involved and providing families with knowledge and ideas and giving them more outside activities than ever before.

We want to show families how to play in the great outdoors and learn skills that seem to be slipping away. Activities might include; campfire cooking, making jam in our jam factory - Jamalittle -  as well as den building, making cardboard castles and orienteering before settling down to listen to magical story telling in the woods or at the Mariner's Hut. 

But it's not all for the kids! Visit the OxGlam Fashion show, SwapShop (where you can swap your old stuff for something useful), groove at the Routemaster Bus or DJukebox and fix your broken electricals at the Fix It Cafe. Then shop in the upcycled, recycled and sustainable market for home wares, jewellery, fashion, and munch and sip on homemade tasty treats while watching great performers and musicians, or take a seat at the Bistro du Van or in the meadow for dinner. 

Demonstrations are all around the site from hands on sculpting and pizza oven building to learning how to use a sewing machine. There are films, talks and more! 

What will contributing do? 

Contributing will be helping families learn together. Teaching children new skills which in turn improves their health and well being and the quality of their lives. Moving them away from indoor technology to the great outdoors, as well as showing them different ways of being creative, how to make and how to fix. We all know how fulfilling that is.

Did you know chldren who play outdoors develop better language skills, are fitter and have fewer behavioural issues? So supporting the Festival with one of these packages will really make a difference.

What we're asking for... 

To make this happen, we need your help. To cover the costs of paying artists, production costs, promotion and festival administration, we need to raise £7,500.

This money will help us to provide a high-quality Festival experience for attendees and affirm the importance of sharing and developing creativity through sustainable living.

If you've attended the Festival of Thrift (previously at Lingfield Point, Darlington), you will know what a special event it is.  If you've never visited, please donate and come join us this year!

What's new for 2016... 

A fabulous new site! As we aim to 'share the joy' the Festival will be taking place at Kirkleatham in Redcar this year. Complete with a Museum, woodlands, stables, church, adenture playground, walled garden and more. The site lends itself to more outdoor activity. Perfect for our woodland activities, foraging and denbuilding. 

Our faces... 

Here we are. A passionate and hard-working bunch of individuals who spend months seeking out new ways to get you excited about thrift and sustainability. We come together each year to make the Festival happen. We'll keep adding to tell you more about ourselves as we go. 

Starting from the left!

I’m Stella and I say that I lead the festival team – but to  be honest they are all such  great self-motivated people they are leading me most of the time! I  invite artists from all over the UK and internationally who care as much about sustainability as we do, involve local communities and organisations and think of ways to show how being sustainable can be really creative and help us connect with each other. I have always been thrifty - had to be as the eldest of a huge family - and the Festival is the best possible way to share the joy in it, not just people for whom it is fun - which it is – but also those for whom it is a necessity. 

I'm David, I'm one of the Directors and have been on board since the very first Festival. I'm the man with the plan - they say I'm the bog and bins man - but I'm much more than that (honest!). I've worked on huge festivals and events all around the UK but this is a highlight. We work carefully on ensuring that wherever we can, we're sustainable, in managing this Festival.  I'm a local lad too. I love it that the Festival is Teesside born and bred. 

And coming soon... 

Alex -  operations, stall holders, demonstrations, workshops and more

Karen - is all about marketing 

Jo - the clever graphic designer

Rachel - is our PR guru

Simon - Food, drink, food & drink

Tracy - the official Festival Photographer

But what do Festival goers say? 

Head to our Facebook page to see more...


If you’re not able to contribute but like what we’re doing, get the word out! Shout about us on Twitter @ThriftFest and Facebook (Festival of Thrift), Whatsapp it to your friends, email it to your colleagues and talk about it your family and feel free to get in touch. 

If you want to know more, please ask, and thank you! 


You can find out more info by visiting our website -

Or email us at - [email protected]


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

Get a warm feeling. Pledge just because you want to show your support and love the Festival.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Get the proof. Your very own Thrifty certificate, a work of art in its own right! Available to download and display for evermore, safe in the knowledge that you have made a difference. Thank you!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Socially good. A big lovely thank you from the team and a social media shout out as well as your very own downloadable certificate Thanks!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

The listing. Join the names on the Special Thank You list on the website and feel the love through social media from us, to you, plus of course your very own downloadable certificate to treasure.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Family love. A warm, happy tweet, a thank you on the website and Facebook page as well as a Festival of Thrift family day out tote bag containing 4 hard-wearing Thrift branded water bottles plus of course your own special downloadable certificate.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Cottage Industry. We'll throw in our support behind your business through social media shout outs and your logo will go on our website and Facebook thank you pages and in the printed Festival programme PLUS branded tote-bag and water bottles and your own specially designed downloadable certificate.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Business is Business. Receive our love, our thanks, a logo on our printed Festival programme, a thank you and your logo on our website and Facebook page PLUS a framed certificate for your office wall, all acknowledged in our Festival e-flyer and social media campaign. Hurrah!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Big Business. Social media shout outs, a thank you and your logo and a picture on our website and Facebook thank you pages. We’ll put your logo in our printed programme and on on-site banners at the Festival, plus acknowledgement on our e-flyer too. You’ll have the chance to DJ on the Routemaster Bus PLUS of course an actual framed signed certificate. You rock!

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£500 Reward

Advertiser 1 - A half page advert in our printed Festival programme. The programme will be A5 size and full colour and distributed at the Festival.

£850 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£850 Reward

Advertiser 2. A full page advert in our printed Festival programme. The programme will be A5 size and full colour and distributed at the Festival.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Luxury business. Regular social media shout outs, a thank you, your logo and a page about you on our website and Facebook ‘thank you’ pages. We’ll put your logo in our printed programme and on on-site banners at the Festival plus acknowledgement on our e-flyer. You will receive an invitation to join us at our VIP launch event on the Festival weekend and we will book you a table for four at the Bistro du Van. PLUS of course an actual framed signed certificate. You’re the boss!

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Advertiser 3. The back page advert in our printed Festival programme. The programme will be A5 size and full colour and distributed at the Festiva

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