Family Days Out

Inspire Yourself At The Festival Of Thrift

I am a huge fan of all things frugal and we live as ‘green’ as possible, so an event of pure thrift is just our cup of tea (with the teabag used twice for extra enjoyment!).


The festival takes place in Darlington on the 26th and 27th of September at Lingfield Point and offers visitors a unique cultural celebration that brings together nationally known scrimpers, leading and emerging artists, musicians amongst special installations, demonstrations, debates, and the chance to see some fabulous stalls selling up-cycled, recycled and second-hand goods, activities, crafting, music and tips and advice.

With over 1,200 things to see and do, the festival is the perfect chance to develop your frugal skills; learning how to reuse, recycle and upcycle with some incredible workshops running all weekend.  With many different workshops focusing on such a wide rage of activities, you can have a go at tapestry weaving, making a flower crown, learning about creating candles and creams from beeswax, Creating a tea-plate cake stand (my personal favourite), furniture upcycling,  jam making, wine blending (also a favourite), bread making… the list goes on and on! There really is a workshop suitable for everybody, whether it is just trying something new or developing your skills.

You can also bring along any of your old broken household items (such as your busted toaster or snapped guitar) and the clever folk at the Fix It Café will show you how to fix it, not fling it. There is also going to be a pop-up Swap Shop, for you to swap your items at. Perhaps you don’t want to wear last years winter coat again this year, instead you could treat yourself and swap it for a new style. It’s not just clothes that can be swapped either. The festival are focusing this year on toys, gardening equipment and plants too. The brilliant thing about swapping items is that it won’t cost you a penny and you still get to go home with something new.



The best part about the festival is that it’s all FREE. There are not many things in life that are now available for free, especially great days out for the while family! Form more information about the Festival Of Thrift you can visit the website here, packed with more information about the weekend event, how to book your place on one of their amazing workshops, and how to make the most of your weekend.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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