Over 40 workshops announced for Deer Shed Festival 6

We're not sure how you are going to fit it all in. Choice is meant to be a good thing isn't it?

You can of course just sit about at DSF6, but should you feel the urge to make or do something different with your family we have over 40 workshops to choose from this year. The vast majority are FREE. Have a look at our workshops page for all the details!

2015 workshops

Deer Shed Festival 6 music line-up complete!

Starting over on booking the next festival's music is always slightly daunting, making sure that the line-up is at least as good as the previous year and has got enough shape, quality and variety. The full picture is never complete until the last artist has confirmed.

Looking over the music page with no gaps in it we are very pleased - lots of quality new music for you to discover so we'd recommend using Spotify to listen to our DSF6 playlist. You need to be up to speed before July!

If they want to Glamp, let them Glamp

Despite our preference for socio-economic structures as flat as snooker tables we have over the years been persuaded to offer a spot of glamping. To be fair not everyone has a tent and some folks can't get their heads round a night under nylon canvas and it's the only way we can get them to the festival. If this rings true how about considering glamping in a tipi or mini yurt?

Our friends over at Hummingbird Tipis would love to hear from you.

Our theme for 2015 - Up In The Air

After the complexity of handling the time/space continuum in last year's Time Travel theme we are excited to explore the infinite possibilities of what we could experience by simply raising our eyes to the sky.

Rockets, star gazing, aeroplanes, helicopters, weather, broom sticks, birds, balls and balloons...It’s a rare moment when we get chance to just stare and explore this vast canopy that sits above our heads every day, but when you do you realise that there’s always something going on and Deer Shed Festival 6 will be all about making that something amazing, enlightening and awe-inspiring...

Deer Shed Festival wins the Festival Kidz Gold Award

Festival Kidz is a group of very dedicated folks whose goal is to inform the festival going public which music festivals are most suited to entertaining kids and families.

After a visit to Deer Shed Festival 5 in 2014 they have awarded us their highest accolade - the Festival Kidz Gold Award. Hoorah. They rate festivals in the following categories: Toilets, Camping, Quality of Children's workshops, Entertainment for Adults, Children's food options, Value for Money and Green Credentials. To win a Gold Award, a festival had to be exceptional in some of the categories, good in the rest but poor in none.

So thanks guys, more details over at the Festival Kidz site.


Thanks to all who made DSF5 such a great weekend!

So many thanks to you all for coming along and making Deer Shed Festival 5 our best festival so far. Another helping of thanks if you volunteered, we certainly couldn't do what we do without you. Loads of images from this year are now on our gallery page and you can refer back to the Deer Shed Festival 5 site here.

Five years on we welcome back The Wedding Present

You might have been there when The Wedding Present headlined DSF1. They are the band who undoubtedly helped us sell out in our first year and got the whole thing off to a good start - as such they hold a special place in our hearts, perhaps yours too.

They will be headlining a larger In The Dock at Deer Shed Festival 6 and we can't wait.

The Wedding Present

Sunday night camping - NEW for 2015

New for 2015 is the option of camping over on Sunday night. This is charged per tent/live-in vehicle and costs £40 plus booking fee. (Note that this option is only available to holders of full weekend tickets, it is not possible to only buy a Sunday night camping pass.)

The Sunday night camping pass is per tent/live-in vehicle. You will be issued with a pass for your tent/live-in vehicle and wristbands for each person sleeping in that tent/live-in vehicle.

Food & drink is available on Sunday night and Monday morning. The obelisk stage and bar will be open for entertainment until 11pm on Sunday night. For holders of this pass the site will close at 12pm on Monday.

Let's all go shopping

Loads of Deer Shed Festival 5 goodies now for sale at the shop. Tshirts, hoodies and tote bags.

Volunteering for Deer Shed Festival 6

Deer Shed Festival volunteers play an important part in creating that special festival feeling that our audiences enjoy. So, if you are a people person and willing to get involved in a range of different activities we want to hear from you. If you are willing to give 7 hours of your time we'll give you a shiny new volunteer T-shirt and a ticket refund. Details here.

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 history

We are now into our sixth year, who'd have thought it, but here we are just the same. It still hasn't rained properly. Over the years we have refined what we do, had five great weekends and had loads of great performers as you might just be able to make out from the posters (or check out DSF5 DSF4 DSF3 DSF2 DSF1 ) The theme for DSF1 was OMG WHAT ARE WE DOING (in case you are wondering) and subsequently we can't find the poster artwork :)

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Some festival reviews

There Goes The Fear (from 2014)

"Because there's something about the atmosphere, the site and the families, which remains unmatched anywhere in festivaldom. And I'm willing to wager that for 99% of the audience at Deer Shed, that's what keeps them coming back year after year. Here's to Deer Shed's 6th birthday." - full review

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

Anthologies - Deer Shed Festival Sessions

Filmed by Anthologies during DSF4, The Unthanks performing 'The Magpie'. Pretty special.


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

Human Machine by Johnny White

In 2013 we invited kinetic sculptor Johnny White to build us a machine, which turned out to be rather spectacular...

What is the festival like?

DSF4 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

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 2014 and are hunting down some new exciting food providers for 2015. 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.