A sunny Sunday at the Festival of Thrift


The Festival of Thrift was held on this past weekend (17th and 18th September), and we just couldn’t miss the chance to go! Our excitement had been building up all month, as the Festival of Thrift Facebook posted update after update, so we were almost fit to burst when the weekend finally arrived.


We decided to head there on the Sunday and aimed to get there fairly early, so not to miss out on any of the action. And we weren’t disappointed by what we were met with! There was so much to see and do, so we can totally understand how people could make a full weekend out of it. There were a vast amount of free workshops, and a very popular den building site. There was a free cinema, where you could watch 7 minute movies, interactive performances, and art exhibitions. There were more food stalls than you shake a stick at, with foods from all kinds of cultures and for many dietary requirements. There also heaps of stalls selling homemade crafts, which were all absolutely incredible! It seriously made us want to dig out some of our unfinished projects.


As you enter the festival, you are given a handy booklet with a map in, completely free, so you can navigate your way across the site. This was very much needed, as we didn’t realise how huge the festival was! It filled the beautiful grounds of Kirkleatham, which we definitely recommend a visit to, even when the festival isn’t on, and beyond. However, each section of the site has it’s own name and is signposted, so you could easily find your way around. If not, there were plenty of helpful stewards dotted about, who were more than willing to point us in the right direction.

Everywhere you looked, there were people encouraging recycling or selling gorgeous upcycled goods, like dining tables made from reclaimed wood and belts made from bicycle inner tubes. But as well as recycling materials, there were people promoting recycling food, like Jamalot, a stall where you could turn your own fruit into jam. It was great to see so many people getting involved with this lifestyle, and there were plenty of things to encourage children too, like Jamalittle. There was also a lot of antique and vintage things to see, with stalls selling antique pieces, and even a caravan salon that only gave 50s hairstyles. There was an extremely popular part of the site that was dedicated to raising money for Oxfam, where you could pick up a large bag and fill it to the brim with items, like books, clothes and home items, for only £5. The crowd there was huge, but it’s not hard to see why!


We had an absolutely fabulous day at the Festival of Thrift, and we can’t wait to visit them again next year. The weather was gorgeous, the site was beautiful, and everyone that we met was beyond lovely. So thank you very much, Festival of Thrift, and we’ll see you again soon!

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