Cumbria Green Build Festival: Repair Cafe, Alston

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Get broken items repaired with the help of volunteers at the Alston Repair Cafe.

Is that dodgy drill getting in the way of your eco DIY improvements? Vacuum cleaner given up the ghost? Got a three-legged table or a jacket with a hole in it?

Volunteers who are pretty handy with joinery, electrics, dressmaking and other skills will be on hand to help you work out what’s gone wrong and fix it. It’s a great way to learn new skills, too. A Guardian article on repair cafes has listed the seven easiest things to fix: lamps, laptops and smartphones, hair dryers, kettles, vacuum cleaners, toasters and white goods. Bring your bikes, toys and clothing, too.

Repair cafes are springing up around the country, including here in Cumbria. This is the first on Alston Moor – hopefully the first of many.

No need to book… just turn up with your item needing repair. Please be prepared to wait for a little while if all the volunteer repairers are busy when you arrive.

Managed by Eden Arts and volunteer experts.


Alston Moor Greenprint Festival & Green Build Festival 2017

This event is part of the brand new Alston Moor Greenprint Festival (headline funder: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation) and also features in the Cumbria Green Build Festival 2017, a week-long programme of activities to help you green up your home, office or community.

Both festivals are led by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. See all the events at




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Thank you to all the Cumbria Green Build Festival funders:

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