A couple of years ago Gerardine and I we were introduced to a chap, John Orchard , whose company Marchday had taken on the enormous – two million square feet -Paton & Baldwins knitting yarn factory, at Lingfield Point in Darlington. Rather than flatten the site and construct a soulless new build, as is so … Read more
The first Festival of Thrift may be over but we’re already looking forward to the next one! Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are alive with positive glowing comments about the festival and just how fab it was. And, while we’re a modest bunch, we have to agree!
Just seeing the thousands of smiling faces and hearing the wonderful feedback has made all the hard-work worthwhile. We’ve been on the telly and splashed across the media – shining a positive spotlight on Lingfield Point, Darlington and the North East.
Of course, none of it would have been possible, if people hadn’t turned out – in considerable force – to see what the world’s first Festival of Thrift was all about. In fact we estimate 27,000 paid us a visit over the weekend taking part in the workshops, listening to the talks, enjoying the entertainment, doing a bit of thrifty shopping and enjoying our fantastic food.
So a big thank you to every single person who took part, sponsored or supported us and came along.
We’ll be uploading photos of the weekend here and on Lingfield Point’s Facebook page and Flickr accounts – take a look and upload your own to share.
Why not sign up to our mailing list to help us evaluate this year’s event, you’ll also be among the first to hear about plans for 2014.
*And don’t forget that Lingfield Point as well as being the home of the Festival of Thrift is also where scores of successful businesses feel at home. Pop into canteen for a cuppa to get a flavour of life at Lingfield during the working week?
We told you earlier on this week that the lovely people over at Lingfield Point (home to our wonderful festival!) were being even more thrifty than usual and upcycling a camper-van…well here’s the final result! It’s brilliant and we can’t wait for you all to see it this weekend as part of Bistro Du Van! … Read more
Darlington Borough Council has been very supportive of Festival of Thrift from the start through sharing great ideas, people and resources. Its council leader, Bill Dixon, explains why he’s pleased they got involved and how the festival site, Lingfield Point, holds a special significance for people in the town. Mr Dixon said: “It’s great news that Darlington is … Read more
Over at Marchday, they love a good challenge and with ‘Festival of Thrift’ this week, they wanted to do something a little special. One of the wonderful ideas included in our festival is a pop up restaurant call ‘Bistro du Van’. It will consist of 5 super chefs cooking in a shared area and serving … Read more
This week our blog ambassador Kathryn from Kat Got The Cream has been chatting to Lingfield Point’s artist-in-residence Becky Sunter to find out what makes her tick and where you can spot her at the Festival of Thrift. Read all about it below – she’s even included a nifty tutorial. As you know I’ve been working with … Read more
We’ve built some fantastic relationships with bloggers over the past couple of months, and we want to shout about the great exposure they’ve given this wonderful festival! Take a look at the links below and see what they had to say about the UK’s first ever Festival of Thrift. And remember, if you’re a blogger … Read more
Our Festival of Thrift family member Max McMurdo, star of Kirstie Allsopp’s “Fill Your House For Free”, had his stunning furniture designs featured in last weekend’s edition of Observer Magazine. Just like our co-founders Wayne Hemingway and John Orchard a few weeks earlier, Max featured in Lucy Siegle’s ‘Green Crush of the Week’ column. Thanks … Read more
We’re thrilled to announce that Gentoo, the people, property and planet company, have joined the Festival of Thrift family. Sharon Appleby of Gentoo said: “As soon as we heard about the festival we realised it was a perfect fit for us – we completely share its eco-friendly ethos. “At Gentoo, we firmly believe in ‘the … Read more
We’re delighted to welcome Max McMurdo, star of Kirstie Allsopp’s “Fill Your House For Free” to the Festival of Thrift family. Max, the brains behind ‘reestore’ furniture, will be rocking up to our festival! He and his team at ‘reestore’ take everyday unloved items and playfully upcycle them into beautiful accessories and functional pieces of … Read more
Did any of our lovely thrifty followers spot the Festival of Thrift in this weekend’s Observer Magazine? We were featured in Lucy Siegle’s highly coveted ‘Green Crush’ column. Missed it? Here it is….. Image courtesy of Urbantimes