Festival of Thrift

23 -24 September 2017

You are invited to the 2017 award-winning Festival of Thrift, the UK’s National Celebration of Sustainable Living. Taking place at Kirkleatham Estate, Redcar in the Tees Valley on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. With a fabulous atmosphere, activities for all the family and great food and shopping, it’s two days filled to the brim with fun and creativity. A Festival like no other.  

The Festival invites you to get hands-on with an exciting mix of creativity, making, fixing and learning as well as discovering how to save money, be environmentally savvy and live a rich and fulfilling life.

The event has something for everyone including inventive and inspiring music, performances and art, stalls selling all manner of upcycled, recycled and second-hand goods - not found on the high street – look out for thought-provoking talks, workshops and demonstrations designed to pass on skills and thrifty tips and tricks to new generations. Food is an important part of any Festival, and the Festival of Thrift takes it to another level, come along for innovative tasty food and drink including handmade goodies at the stalls, the chance to dine in a camper van at Bistro Du Van or in the wild meadow of the walled garden with a specially designed menu ‘Saltburn, the Town is the Menu’.

This year’s Festival focuses 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.

New highlights for 2017 include a magical immersive mystery tour in a specially converted double decker bus, ideas for creating your own thrifty ceremonies, the creation of a den-built island and the chance to become a citizen of Cardboardia, talking rubbish tips, campfire cooking, guerrilla gardening and a potting shed on wheels and we’ll be welcoming back national treasure and upcycling guru Max McMurdo

Here are some handy tips to make the most of your visit:

Get involved! Make jam, have a go at blacksmithing, fix your broken items, swap at the SwapShop, sing in the choir, join in the debates, then share the joy! That’s what it’s all about...

Check the website before you go and find out what you need to bring: old clothes, broken  ipods, fruit and veg.

Download the map so you don’t miss out on anything.

Go free! Take public transport, walk or get a lift.

Bring a picnic there are plenty of picnic sites dotted around.

Remember swaps, a shopping bag, a picnic rug and your pennies and pounds to spend.

Visit our three food quarters, offering lots of delicious specialist food. #vegan #glutenfree

Fill your car with folk. Admission is Free, parking is £5 per car so a full car means as little as £1 per person!

The Festival of Thrift runs from 23-24 September 2017, from 10am - 5pm daily. Entry is free and its £5 parking. For more information visit


The Festival has teamed up with The Spa Hotel in Saltburn by Sea to offer a Seaside Getaway. Saltburn is the next town along the coast from the festivals venue in Redcar and an award-winning Seaside resort. The family run Spa Hotel is an imposing sight, boasting unrivalled panoramic views of Huntcliff, the North Sea and beautiful surrounding countryside. This seaside treat includes a night in one of The Spa Hotel's Superior rooms, a ride on the cliff lift and a fish and chip supper! We have even arranged for a bottle of fizz on your arrival.