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.
Sky At Night, Monsters, Machines and now Time Travel - undoubtedly our most ambitious theme to date.
Over the festival weekend we will take you from 2014 into our vision of the future and then drag you back to the dim and distant past. Whether you like it or not. Of course we will need some sort of time portal to do this but we've got loads of time to knock this up...
Why not give friends or family festival tickets for Christmas?
If you buy your tickets online between now and December 14th 2013 we'll send you a blank DSF Christmas card and a DSF robot keyring to present along with your printed etickets to loved ones on Christmas Day. Just forward your eticket purchase confirmation email along with your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org with Christmas Offer as the email subject. Please note that this offer is one card and keyring per ticket transaction and not per ticket.
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.
Filmed by Anthologies during the festival this year, The Unthanks performing 'The Magpie'. Pretty special.
This year we invited kinetic sculptor Johnny White to build us a machine, which turned out to be rather spectacular...
This year it was like this...
And this is what we had on...
Various shots from various years and of course, so far, rain free :)
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 - - full review
"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
"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
"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
"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
"(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
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...
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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 email@example.com
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. Real ale is still at £3 a pint.
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.
Black Dog Tipis will lend you a lovely tipi. Snug.