Festival of Thrift returns

FOLLOWING the success of the second Festival of Thrift last year, which saw 40,000 people descend upon Lingfield Point business park in Darlington for a weekend filled with free frugal fun, the celebration will once again take place on September 26 and 27.

This year’s festival will coincide with the 190th anniversary of the world’s first steam passenger train, which travelled between Stockton and Darlington in 1825.

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Recently crowned winner of the  Arts and Culture accolade at the Observer Ethical Awards 2015, it will feature leading and emerging artists from across the globe, demonstrations, vintage fashion stalls and workshops offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks and more to festival-goers.

From making garden furniture out of wooden pallets to taking a magical mystery tour of the site on a retro tricycle, past festivals have highlighted how reusing, recycling and upcycling can be fun, cheap and good for the environment.

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 Festival of Thrift director, Stella Hall, said: “We’re developing a fantastic programme for this year’s festival that will be bursting at the seams with famously thrifty entertainment and amazing artists, so much so I’ve included an extra staged area.
“The festival is certainly helping to get it engrained into the lives of people across the North-East of England and beyond. Our thrifters are a community and the festival is a great opportunity for them to get together and share what they do, while enjoying great entertainment and a free day out.”
This year’s festival will coincide with the 190th anniversary of the world’s first steam passenger train, which travelled between Stockton and Darlington in 1825.
“Thrift is more than a trend – it’s here to stay, it’s a culture and a set of values to live by” – Festival of Thrift director, Stella Hall
ADVENTURE: My daughter, Maisy, and I on a magical mystery tour at last year's event.

ADVENTURE: My daughter, Maisy, and I on a magical mystery tour at last year’s event.

 Fashion designer and festival co-founder ,Wayne Hemingway MBE, added: “Festival of Thrift is a wonderful celebration of thriftiness and sustainability that has truly captured the nation’s imagination, and each year visitor numbers have grown from strength-to-strength. To see the hard work and passion of the team behind the Festival celebrated on such a national scale as the Observer Ethical Awards is marvellous.”
CONTACT:
www.festivalofthrift.co.uk
Twitter @ThriftFest

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