Last weekend saw the arrival of the National Festival of Thrift in Darlington. Hosted at Lingfield Point, the event showcased some of the nation’s best sustainable businesses, craft workshops and mobile eateries. The two-day annual event was blessed with glorious sunshine which made the family event much more enjoyable.
Me and my mam arrived around lunch time on Sunday afternoon and the car park was heaving! Upon entry there was a small show taking place followed by lots of stalls selling vintage clothes, recycled gifts and original art. In addition to the stalls, there was a number of workshops taking place for all of the family to enjoy such as jam-making, baking and acting lessons.
I was surprised by how big the event was; every time we thought we had made it around the full festival, we would turn a corner and find another row of interesting stalls. There was a lot of unusual entertainment taking place throughout the day from children riding around in a bathtub train to a quirky mobile cinema which is powered by solar panels. At the Festival of Thrift, anything goes!
Like always, I was most drawn to the food stalls. For our lunch we got a smokehouse beef brisket sandwich with BBQ sauce and seasoned fries which was delicious! I then bought some salted caramel brownies which were extra gooey, exactly how I like them. We also took home some individual cheesecakes which were very indulgent.
We had a lovely day and the weather was definitely on our side. I was really impressed by the variety of entertainment, stalls and eateries at the free event and the scale of the festival was a lot larger than I thought! It was lovely to see so many independent businesses come together for the event, I’ll definitely be going again next year!
Did you visit the Festival of Thrift this year? Do you know of any other quirky events planned for the North East?