The Festival of Thrift returns to Redcar this month with a mission to save the planet.
The event, which runs from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th September, will take place in the tranquil village of Kirkleatham and its Museum and Grounds – a grade II listed building which dates back to 1709.
Surrounded by one of the best collections of Georgian-style buildings in England, visitors can enjoy a hands-on weekend packed with creativity, making, fixing and learning together, whilst also having a chance to discover how to save money, be environmentally savvy, and live a rich and fulfilling life.
This year’s focus is on growing and the power of nature, and how people can be empowered by sharing differing points of view of the world as well as ideas, thoughts, experiences and skills.
The award-winning festival programme has something for everyone as young and old alike can enjoy seeing inspiring artworks and performances and listening to lots of live music, whilst also browsing through stalls selling one-off items not found on the High Street.
Besides the aforementioned, there will also be a number of thought-provoking talks, a collection of workshops passing on skills and thrifty ‘tips and tricks of the trade’ as they say, and a wide range of tasty food and drink including the chance to dine in a camper van or in the wild meadow of the walled garden.
Regular favourites Fix It Café, Bistros du Van and national upcycling treasure Max McMurdo return, with new highlights for this year’s event including a magical immersive mystery tour in a specially converted double decker bus, sharing ideas for creating your own thrifty ceremonies, the opportunity to explore a den-built island and the chance to become a citizen of Cardboardia.
Attracting more than 40,000 people in previous years, the people behind the festival set up in 2015 a Festival of Thrift Community Interest Company, retaining the original members of the team. A community interest company is a special type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders. It is ‘not-for-profit’, which means that any surplus created by the event is ploughed back into next year’s event – this way you’ll know that, whatever you contribute, it will help the community.
So whether you’re looking for a fun day outdoors with family and friends enjoying the attractions, or want to find out how to save money (especially for the young adults who are soon to leave the family nest and take on life on their own), or just want to learn one or two new thrifty tips, whatever your reason could be, the Festival of Thrift is the place for you.
The event is free, but there’s a £5.00 parking fee per car. So, as event organisers noted: “If you can car share you’re not only helping to save the environment, but it’ll cost £1.00 per person.”
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 and most pathways will be wide enough for access.
For more information about the event, please visit the festival’s web page at festivalofthrift.co.uk or follow them on their social media account (Twitter: @thriftfest, Facebook:/festivalofthrift, Instagram: @festivalofthrift.
The Festival of Thrift is open to all ages, has a fantastic community feel, and is definitely an event not to be missed.