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General - Festival of Thrift……what a success!!


from left to right – Wayne Hemingway, Stella Hall, Gerardine Hemingway, John Orchard

Thank you to all those who attended the festival of thrift last weekend, and what a huge success it proved to be!  With an estimated 40,000 people flooding in to Marchday’s Lingfield Point to join in with our thrift, upcycling and recycling ethos.

And what a treat we all had, the festival team out did themselves providing us with a wide array of things to do, see, eat, craft and many more….there was certainly something for everyone.


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Festival Director Stella Hall said: “We’ve had a phenomenal weekend!  A host of organisations and individuals have been working for months to pull together an incredible festival for a second year running.”


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John Orchard, Co-Founder and Director of Marchday owners of Lingfield Point, said: “Having the Festival of Thrift return for a second year at Lingfield Point has been a dream come true. The ideas behind both what we do here and what the festival celebrates complement each other perfectly.”

For more amazing photo’s of the weekends event please click the link below:






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General - Buzzing beehive at the heart of the Festival of Thrift

AS visitors from all over the country get ready to head to our award-winning Festival of Thrift, the building that set the whole ball rolling has a special slot on the bill. Beehive, once the heart and soul of the Patons and Baldwins wool factory, has reclaimed its place, thanks to a significant make-over. The Birth of the Beehive is the title of a special talk by our very own John Orchard who’ll explain how the building at Lingfield Point was transformed into super-stylish office space.

Beehive F.I. Low res

And of course there’s a reason Lingfield Point is the ideal home for the Festival of Thrift – its ethos of recycling and reusing was the very reason John, along with designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway came up with the idea in the first place.

The fun, free, family event on the weekend of 27 and 28 September, and  is expected to draw a huge crowd.

John’s talk, on the Sunday of the Festival of Thrift at 1pm, will recall the importance of this iconic building in Darlington’s history, and trace the development of Lingfield Point up to its high-spec modern incarnation… we hope to see you there!


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General - Calling all Volunteers……..the Festival of Thrift needs you!


THE award-winning national Festival of Thrift is calling out for thrift and event-loving volunteers to help make this late summer’s festival a roaring success.

The two-day thrift extravaganza, being held once again at Darlington’s Lingfield Point on September 27 and 28, made a huge debut in 2013 where it attracted 27,000 visitors.

And the organisers are now on the hunt for people within the region to volunteer across the festival weekend.

Darlington Cares – a partnership of the town’s employers whose skills, expertise and volunteering are matched to community-based projects – has joined with the Festival of Thrift to recruit and coordinate volunteers.

Whether you’re a budding Festival Director hungry for work experience on one of the most innovative and upcoming UK festivals, or you’re a local thrifter keen to be part of the magic, there’s an array of opportunities on offer across the weekend.

Festival Director Stella Hall said: “Last year our volunteers did a tremendous job – as our most important ambassadors they really pulled together and were a key factor in making the weekend such an enjoyable experience for everyone who came.

“This time round there are many more ways for people to get involved and really make an impact while helping us create a truly exceptional and memorable festival. There is a volunteering opportunity for everyone and we urge anyone with a love for what we’re doing here to get involved.”

This year there are more chances than before to be part of the festival with five different types of role on offer.

Steward roles offer the chance to support events, meet and greet the public and help festival folk with any queries.

There’s the opportunity to help dress the festival venues and put up signage across the extensive sight in the Dressing role.

For a more hands-on volunteer, the Technical and General Assistance role offers the chance to help move furniture and equipment around the site along with rigging and de-rigging before and after the festival.

Those with a love for visual arts or performance would be best suited to the Artist Liason role where they will be helping the festival’s innovative artists

There’s also the opportunity to be an Assistant helping out with craft and skill based workshops across the two days.

Volunteers can join in on various days from Thursday 25 September until Monday 29 September and sessions are split into three sections allowing volunteers flexibility and the chance to help out at numerous points across the weekend.

Katie Blundell, programme manager at Darlington Cares, says: “We are delighted to be working with the Festival of Thrift.  Last year’s event was a phenomenal success and really put Darlington on the map.  Event volunteers played a really important role and we have fantastic opportunities for people to get involved this year.  Whether you would like to help out for the full weekend and gain some valuable event management experience or assist with a workshop one morning, we would love to hear from you.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Katie Blundell, Darlington Cares programme manager on 07917 473992, email or visit  Please note volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

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General - Have you booked your favourite Workshop at this years Festival of Thrift?


This years Festival of Thrift is quickly approaching, so make sure you clear your diary for the 27th & 28th September as it is shaping up to be an amazing event promising to be bigger and better than last year!!


John Orchard with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway at the Festival of Thrift.

John Orchard with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway at the Festival of Thrift.


There are plenty of workshops to get involved in, whether you are a foodie or a crafter, take a look at the Festival website ( for more details and how to book your place.  There’s certainly something for everyone….but don’t wait to long as they are proving very popular and selling out quickly!

Charity Shop DJ

Charity Shop DJ

If a workshop isn’t for you we have plenty more to offer with over 100 stalls for you to stroll around offering a multitude of crafts, food and other exciting and interesting things.  If that wasn’t enough we can offer an abundance of art programmes ranging from Carboot Disco Bingo to the Charity Shop DJ to art made out of every day rubbish by Francisco de Pajaro and many, many more.


Francisco De Pajaro

As well as all that, and back by popular demand is the Bistro du Van where you can experience home cooked dishes from your chosen camper van, which includes our very own Festival camper that was a popular choice last year.



Bistro Du Van

So pop in and see for yourselves this fun filled free family festival at Lingfield Point, Darlington…..for full details visit



Jean & Morag – The Tea Ladies

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General - Help Our Kelp!

Friend of Lingfield Point and Darlington Borough Council Chief Exec Ada Burns is backing a scheme taken on by her sister and nephew to produce a super food in the form of kelp.  Their business ‘Islander’ grows Kelp that they turn into noodles, pesto, wraps and salad.  Did you know that Kelp produces more calcium, iron and roughage than any other vegetable…it truly is a super food!  In addition founder Kate Burns will be bringing much needed employment to the tiny island of Rathlin off the County Antrim coast.

Watch this spectacular film to get a better idea of what they are doing.  You can also make donations to help get this fantastic venture off the ground on ‘Kickstarter’ and receive a pot of ‘Islander’ Kelp noodles.


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