We are massive fans of music and the arts in general, and we all have kids. We have
over the years got increasingly fed up with paying a small fortune to get our families
into various festivals only to be disappointed in the music or in the entertainment,
facilities and vibe for the sprogs. The Deer Shed Festival is our long considered
response to this. Kids are not second class citizens at DSF.
However, we will not compromise on what's on just because we are 'family friendly'.
If you don't have children to bring along you will still find a lovely chilled atmosphere
in which to enjoy a great weekend.
Have a look at our music, arts,
science and workshops programme and how
we look after families.
What is it like?
Last year was like this...
And this is what we had on...
What do our audience say about us?
Andy Tattersall You can be very proud for making a truly affordable, fun,
friendly, sunny, happy, diverse, brilliant festival. Already counting down the days
Wendy Martin ..it was just nothing short of brilliant..was the best weekend
in years and i for one cant stop talking about it and have at least 8 people who
want to come with us next year..take a moment to take some praise because you and
the team deserve it.
Richard Bentley Well done Oliver and team - you have come up with an amazing
event and your vision, hard work, and obvious detailed planning is very much admired
and appreciated by us Bentleys. See you next year...
We have 30 more buckets full of Facebook audience feedback here
This year's theme - Machines
Robots, radios, rockets, rotovators and an unimaginable load of other mechanical
gubbins that doesn't begin with rurr. Machines is the theme
for 2013 and we're having a lot of fun building the festival around it.
Various shots from various years and of course, so far, rain free :)
Like all festivals we need keen volunteers of all ages in order to run smoothly.
In exchange for working two 3 hour shifts over the weekend you will receive free
entry to the festival. We need general volunteers to work parking cars, as campsite
wardens, litter picking, welfare team members and helping out with kids workshops.
Of course if you have a special skill, let us know. Now booking for DSF4, email
Food and Drink
What the whole festival experience is surely all about, sampling the wares of each food stall. We have invited back
the best of 2012 and are hunting down some new exciting food providers for 2013. We'll have something for everyone,
meat lovers, veggies and dare we say it, fussy eaters. By popular request we have added an extra pizza vendor too.
Real ale is still at £3 a pint.
Why not be social and join us below?
Camping at Deer Shed Festival
Despite being home to a sea of family tents you will enjoy plenty of camping space
at Baldersby Park. It is a beautiful place to spend a weekend under canvas. If you have a campervan, caravan
or trailer tent we have a nice spot for you too.
But I can't be buffed putting up a tent option #1
the world leaders in lending you a pre-erected tent.
But I can't be buffed putting up a tent option #2
Black Dog Tipis do much the
same thing but with tipis. Snug.
Some festival reviews
As children tired and news spread about Amy Winehouse, I Am Kloot's stunning songs
of 'drinking and disaster' sound ever-more mournful underneath the stars. When an
otherwise chirpy John Bramwell dedicated an almost unbearably sad I Still Do to
the departed singer, he provided something that seemed unthinkable at 2pm: the Deer
Dave Simpson, The Guardian, -
God is in the TV
There were lots of great reasons to go to Deer Shed, but if there was one over-riding
reason for me to be here rather than Secret Garden Party (also running this weekend)
it was School Of Seven Bells, headlining the Dock Stage tent, and from where I sit,
a coup of major proportions to have them playing.
Mike Hughes - full review
...with something as good as the Deer Shed it would be quite selfish to keep it to
Andy Tattersall - full review
Made In Yorkshire
We’d put our money on Yorkshire’s music scene being more buoyant than ever in 5,
10, 15 years time and it will be, at least in part, down to places like Deer Shed
inspiring that next generation -