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The Festival of Thrift is the UK’s national festival of sustainability. Usually taking place over two days in Kirkleatham near Redcar on the North East coast, this hugely popular festival celebrates the joys of a climate-friendly way of life.


Advance highlights being released of the weekend celebration to mark the event’s decade of delivering its nationally-recognised celebration of sustainable living include the heady mix of eye-catching and engaging artists and hands-on family fun that the award-winning Festival of Thrift is known and loved for.

Thrift-goers will be able to dust off their dancing shoes with Bird Rave’s family-friendly celebration of 80s and 90s dance music, Compact Disco’s travelling discotheque complete with oversized mobile dynamic disco ball made from discarded CDs and Srishti’s Jham!, when East meets West in an upbeat innovative classical Indian dance production with live music including a beatboxer, a saxophonist and a traditional Karnatik vocalist.

Meanwhile Warren and Stew, two middling public relations managers from a fossil fuel multinational, will be inviting people to ‘Text Me Your Climate Change Solutions’ in a witty, interactive theatre show about the climate crisis, toxic masculinity, violence and responsibility.

Festival favourites Fix it Cafe will be back to fix the world over a cup of tea and The Town is The Menu is returning with a menu inspired by Marske-by-the-sea for a community meal full of food, fun and conversation.

For sustainably-minded fashionistas, Festival of Thrift’s eclectic ECOuture fashion will once again showcase sustainable creations by some of the area’s upcoming designers, working with Teesside Hospice alongside students from UK university fashion courses including Teesside University.


Free admission
£6 per car


Address: Kirkleatham Museum, Kirkleatham, Redcar, UK

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