Time Travel kids

Arts programme announced!! Our picks below...

Head over to our Arts page to check out all our comedy, shows, literary, spoken word and cinema content for 2014.

Morgan And West

Paul Tonkinson

Scarborough born Paul Tonkinson gleefully describes himself as a 'professional northerner'. He recently appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow BBC1 and Comic Relief does Fame Academy BBC1, but is perhaps best known for his work presenting on The Big Breakfast Channel 4, The Sunday Show BBC2 and XFM. He was winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award and was Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997 and remains one of the country's best exponents of stand up comedy.

The Fallen

The Fallen On The Fall

Ever wondered what it's like to be dumped out of a Transit van in a Swedish forest or find yourself in the middle of a mass punch-up onstage? Anyone who has played in The Fall would know. This unique panel assembles four generations of former Fall musicians - Steve and Paul Hanley, Mile Leigh and 'Funky' Si Wolstencroft - and discusses life in and out of Mark E. Smith's legendary John Peel favourites. Compered by Dave Simpson, whose own acclaimed, revelation-packed book The Fallen was burned by Mark E. Smith.

The Fallen

Racing Minds

Racing Minds are a critically acclaimed UK-based improv comedy quintet. They sold out Edinburgh in 2013 and we were there. They are performing 3 improv shows over the weekend. "Script-less brilliance, crowd captivated from start to finish, what more can I say? We reviewers are guilty of overusing certain buzzwords: 'chemistry', 'great delivery', and 'entertainment value' – you know the ones I mean. This show ticks every one of those boxes." ★★★★★ Three Weeks

Our ethos

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.

Our theme for Deer Shed Festival 5 - Time Travel

Sky At Night, Monsters, Machines and now Time Travel - undoubtedly our most ambitious theme to date - we're having a Time Travel Party to celebrate.

Time Travel Tunnel

A Time Travel Party is like any other party, with music and nibbles, except that you invite time travellers from the future to attend as well as guests from 2014. You can't expect time travellers from the past to turn up because time travel hasn't been invented - this time travelling thing can mess with your head!

Of course inviting time travellers from the future isn't an exact science but as a starting point the invitation itself has to persist until time travel is possible. With this in mind we have decided to get the invitation above engraved into a brass plaque which we intend to firmly secure to the obelisk in Baldersby Park. We hope that it will be discovered at some point in the future when time travel is as common as a trip to the supermarket.

However, we're not sure that the invitation alone will convince the time travellers. You have to imagine you are a time-travel-agent, why come to 2014 and not some other year? So we've decided to have an enormous pan-dimensional shout-out to further encourage time travellers and so built a website, www.timetravelparty.com, where people can submit a photo or an image that is dear to their heart. We hope that this mass emotional offering will somehow arch across time and strike a chord.

So far people have submitted all sorts of imagery to the site – from favourite childhood holidays to a pair of old goalkeeping gloves, and the comments accompanying each picture are suitably heart-warming.

Why not head over to www.timetravelparty.com and submit something to the cause? Of course if you want to meet the time travellers in person then it sounds like Deer Shed Festival 5 might be the best place to do it.

Featured gubbins from this year's science page...

Learn to solder

Learn to solder

Now here is a life skill that's worth pursuing. Learn to solder in a safe controlled environment with loads of help on hand if you come unstuck. It's about empowerment, isn't it - don't let technology rule you, get in there and fix it up yourself.

Paul Granjon

Paul Granjon

The Frenchman that brought you the cybernetic parrot sausage returns. If there was such a thing as a rockstar maker, Paul is it. This year he'll be doing, amongst other things, the technology inspired song and dance routine that he didn't have time for last year. Don't miss!

Teesside Uni - Forensics

Teesside Uni - Forensics

We welcome the return of Teesside University. This year staff and students will be running a series of forensic workshops. There will no doubt be lots of crime to solve and fingerprints to match. Alternatively, learn how to leave no trace at your next bank heist.

...and some workshop highlights too


Make a small castle

If Darth Vader was pretending to be a black knight on a white horse he'd live in a castle much like this, obviously. We've got loads of these small boxes which when suitably arranged with other bits and pieces of recycled stuff can, given some patience, make a great small castle.

Teddy Augmentation


Augmentation is of course the way of the future and soft toys will not be exempt. Bring your favourite (or perhaps least favourite!) soft buddy to the festival for an upgrade. This workshop will tie in with Madlab in the science tent where you can solder up your own electronic implant.



Also known as knitting with only one stick with a nook on it. Once you have got the hang of it you could join one of our yarn-bombing teams who are going to be making cozies for all sorts of things onsite including our festival piano. Or make something for yourself.

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Various shots from various years and of course, so far, rain free :)

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Some festival reviews

The Guardian (from 2011)

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 Shed moment - 4/5 stars - full review

God Is In the TV (from 2013)

"And these are the very emotions with which you leave Baldersby Park, reflecting on what has been a nigh on perfect occasion. For many Deer Shed traditionalists this year's structural changes may mean that they will bemoan the loss of the buildings which gave the festival its name. They may also speak of the festival's shift away from its local roots towards a more expansive corporate identity. But the truth is that in this particular instance bigger is undoubtedly better and Deer Shed's gradual evolution has been successfully achieved without losing any of its inherent warmth or intimacy" - full review

Efestivals (from 2013)

"Deer Shed is jam packed with quality. The organisers have clearly given much thought to what all members of the family will want within a festival and have gone a considerable way to delivering that. The science of family friendly festivals is being preserved in North Yorkshire. If you have a child under 10 then this should be a must-do on your festival list. If you simply want a weekend full of quality entertainment, then it should definitely be considered" - full review

What To Do With The Kids (from 2013)

"And most importantly, Deer Shed creates a space where children, tweens and teens can be introduced to festivals, make new friends, have an amazing time and be safe, while parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents can enjoy themselves as adults, listen to bands, have a few drinks, and have a rest from being the entertainers themselves. Deer Shed, you’ve created the perfect balance. We love you, and will be back next year" - full review

There Goes The Fear (from 2013)

"It was a moment that summed up the entire ethos of Deer Shed Festival: do something fun; do it well; do it with the unselfconscious devotion of a child. And if it involves putting a cardboard box on one's head and pretending to be a robot, so much the better" - full review

Clash Magazine (from 2013)

"(Willy) Mason is a fine vintage that just gets better and better. As will Deer Shed, especially if you’ve got sprogs to entertain" - full review


After the success of our MACHINES tent last year we immediately decided that SCIENCE should now and forever form an integral part of the festival. So for Deer Shed Festival 5 Time Travel you can expect exciting science workshops using the technology of the past as well as our take upon scientific discoveries yet to be.

Anthologies - Deer Shed Festival Sessions

Filmed by Anthologies during the festival this year, The Unthanks performing 'The Magpie'. Pretty special.


Additionally here's Edwyn Collins performing 'Understated' with his boys.

Nordic Giants

We are delighted to have Nordic Giants this year. They have very sweetly made us a promo video to celebrate.

Human Machine by Johnny White

Last year we invited kinetic sculptor Johnny White to build us a machine, which turned out to be rather spectacular...

What is the festival like?

This year it 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 till DS4.

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


Like all festivals we need keen volunteers of all ages in order to run smoothly. In exchange for working 7 hours 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 family workshops. Of course if you have a special skill, let us know. 18+ only please. Now booking for DSF5, email andy.dalton@deershedfestival.com

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 2013 and are hunting down some new exciting food providers for 2014. 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.

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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

Black Dog Tipis will lend you a lovely tipi or a lotus tent. Snug.

This year we have two different onsite glamping options...

Tipis, back by popular demand these structures keep you cool by day and warm by night. Built in the North American tradition, they provide a great living room and base camp to enjoy the festival in between gigs or before the music starts! Prices starting from £395 (unfurnished)

Alternatively, Lotus Tents. This beautiful luxurious and airy home from home is a 4m paradise, providing a light and spacious festival base. The two windows have blinds and there is almost 3m of headroom in the central area. Prices starting from £395 (furnished)