UK's First National Festival of Thrift

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Oh the delight on hearing of an entire festival celebrating the thrifty things in life, yet the disappointment living on the other side of the planet to it!

The UK's very first National Festival of Thrift launches this coming weekend September 21 and 22, curated by award winning designers Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE at Darlington’s Lingfield Point in England's North East.

It is marked to be a chic celebration of creative common-sense living featuring upcycling, recycling and finding the fun in sustainable living.

Wayne Hemingway said: “Thrift is very close to our hearts as we – along with many others – are concerned at the disposable nature of our society."

 :: Wayne Hemingway (right)::

“We have been inventive in our thrift over the years and that’s been part of the fun. It’s also why it is great to be part of a festival celebrating sustainability and recognising it’s cool to be thrifty."
Did you read that folks Wayne Hemingway believes it is cool to be thrifty, and quite rightly so!

This exciting festival is going to be situated both inside and outside, with pop-up artworks, allotments, performances, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, talks, market stalls and foraging tours.  There will also be live music, communal dance, upcycled fashion shows, stalls selling vintage fashion, food and drink and thrifty swaps.

Wayne Hemingway continues: “We aim to inspire the next generation showing the pleasure that can be made through being thrifty, celebrate sustainability while having fun with creating, and for everyone to enjoy the festival while spending time together with friends and family.”

 :: Site Map ::

Thrift is about re-using, upcycling, creating and making in a way that inspires and saves, not just your pennies but our whole planet. What better way to celebrate all things thrift by way of a two day festival. Are there any similar festivals in your own towns or cities?

For more information on Festival of Thrift visit or follow on Facebook. Workshops can be booked here.


Disclaimer; the review and opinion provided in this blog post is unbiased and unpaid, I just happen to think the National Festival of Thrift is a marvelous initiative!

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