Glamping

Beyond fun!

Not all kids are arty or sciency and we know that knackering those that are full of beans out is an art in itself.

Our Sports Arena is always a big hit and we are determined to build on it's success with loads more activities for 2019, some of which are nostalgia-inducing and some that are completely new!

KAPOW Pro Wrestling

KAPOW Pro Wrestling

After the popularity of sock wrestling in 2018, we thought we’d go one further, harking back to the glory days of pro wrestling. We’ve teamed up with KAPOW, the UK’s number one family friendly wrestling federation, to bring their pro wrestling ring to the Deer Shed sports field! Pictured here are Mad Dog Quinn and his arch nemeses Lookachu, but KAPOW will showcase much of their all-star wrestling roster, including Queen of the Ring Priscilla, The South Coast Ghostbuster and Prince of Mumbai Rishi Ghosh.

KAPOW Wrestling Workshops

KAPOW Wrestling Workshops

Come on now, don’t tell me you’ve never dreamt of getting in the ring to launch a choke-slam or triple suplex. Just me? I don’t believe it! Well, whether it was a childhood dream or not, KAPOW will be providing workshops to show you how to safely perform all the most popular wrestling moves through the ages. Who will be crowned Deer Shed Universal Champion? Let’s get ready to rrrrumble!

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Perhaps the most exciting addition to Deer Shed’s infrastructure under 2018’s making waves theme. You lot made such a splash on the Baldersby Park Lake that we simply had to get them back. Grab your oars and head out for some games on the water. If you’re looking for a romantic paddle on a gondola – this isn’t it! The perfect way to learn the basics of canoeing and kayaking, before having a race against your mates. Make sure you head to the lake when the arena opens on Friday to book your session. The rapids await…

Round Net

Round Net

The Deer Shed sports area is all about introducing audiences to new and exciting sports. The less the familiar the better we say. This year is no different with the introduction of Roundnet a 2v2 game with no boundaries that mixes volleyball with four-square. Teams can move 360° around the circular net as they use three hits to return the ball. Whether you're sporty or not, Roundnet will have you quickly playing some fun rallies.

Quidditch

Quidditch UK

For too long young witches and wizards of the Deer Shed world have been neglected. How can they be expected to kick a football whilst wearing pointy shoes? Why partake in tree climbing when you can fly through the sky with ease? For Deer Shed 10 we have teamed up with Quidditch UK, the official governing body of quidditch in the United Kingdom, to ensure the festival's marginalised magicians can enjoy the sports arena as much as the muggles. Hop on your Nimbus 2000, avoid the bludgers and catch the golden snitch!

Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing

Let Jessica Herbert & Askham Bryan College Tree Climbers help you safely scale the most magnificent specimens Baldersby Park has to offer. What is always the greatest urge you feel when you see such giants of the natural world? Climb! Jessica is a pro at scaling the most impressive trees, and she’ll be helping you to conquer them. Guaranteed to be the most extreme bushcrafting you’re ever likely to experience.

Skateboard, BMX, scooter

Skateboard, BMX, scooter

LS-TEN is a new Leeds-based charity set up by volunteers in January 2019 in response to the sad closure of the Works Skatepark. Their mission is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for practising urban sports, whilst using the skills developed in BMX, skateboarding, and scootering to increase social mobility. Their pro skate team will make the short trip up the A1 from Leeds to Topcliffe to test your skills (and theirs) on the Deer Shed half-pipe, upgraded for 2019, all weekend. Eat your heart out, Tony Hawk!

Strokes Of Genius Crazy Golf

Strokes Of Genius Crazy Golf

Those clever graphic design students over at Teesside University have taken creative upcycling to the extreme by manufacturing the Deer Shed 6-hole crazy golf course from waste materials. Show off your hole-in-one-ability or just get into the swing of things. Who will be on par and who will be providing the bogies? Remember, it’s just wholesome family fun, so don’t let it drive a wedge between you!

Wrong Pong

Wrong Pong

Ping pong? Completed it mate. If, like us, you’ve already achieved God-like ping pong status, we have the next level challenge for you. Wrong pong is a new craze in the world of table tennis that aims to blend the popular sport with art, and we thought it sounded right up the street of our festival-going friends. Slanted, curvy and topsy-turvy: the table can look like anything in wrong pong. We’re busy fashioning new types of wacky tables to play the classic game on, to give it a twist that results in endless fun.

Parkour

Parkour

Parkour is just about the coolest thing you can possibly imagine, although not quite as cool as a dinosaur doing parkour. The extreme sport was originally developed to turn urban environments into playgrounds for adventurous athletic types, focusing on the transcendental state one can achieve by jumping, flipping and diving over stuff. If the kids already climb the walls at home, why not harness that energy and unleash them on the Deer Shed parkour experience?

Tag Archery

Tag Archery

Tag archery, presented by Monster Adventure, is a unique and fun way for people of all ages to enjoy the age old bow and arrow sport, without the risk of taking any eyes out or having to remove sharp objects from unmentionable places. Two teams, consisting of 5 players each, face off against one another, much like in Dodgeball. There are two objectives: tag the opponents and knock out the five discs of the opposing team's target. The winners will be awarded the Deer Shed Golden Arrow, going down in festival folklore as dead eyes that would rival Robin Hood in his prime.

That Game with a Tennis Ball on a String®

That Game with a Tennis Ball on a String®

Many people say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It is entirely possible that these people are talking about That Game with a Tennis Ball on a String® and – if so – we personally find this quite insulting. The Deer Shed team, along with many other festival goers, have had an unfathomable number of TGWATBOAS in our time, but it always promises to be a tasty affair, with a different champion almost every time. Come play on one of our 30+ custom built sets.

Wilderwild Run

Wilderwild Run

The Wilderwild run has become something of a tradition on Saturday and Sunday morning at Deer Shed. Few things will get your endorphins going for the day of family fun ahead like striding through the fields of Baldersby Park. We offer both a 3k family run and 6k track for those who want to test themselves a little more if they fancy a challenge. Equally, nobody will judge you if had a bit too much fun on Friday or Saturday night to really push yourself to the limit the next morning! Runners must be aged 10+. 10-15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Thirsk Falcons FC

Football!!

Fancy yourself as the next Messi or Ronaldo? As well as our truly wacky sports, we’ll present some good old fashioned football, the nation's favourite game. Football!! are returning to the lush sports fields of Queen Mary's School to run organised matches and even provide some training sessions. Thankfully, this means that even if you're a little less David Beckham and a little more David Brent, the Falcons will be on hand to help you improve your game and enjoy a friendly kick-about!

DIY Sports

DIY Sports

In addition to everything else, we are also offering a mixture of what we call 'DIY sports'. These essentially encompass any sport that you won’t need our watchful eye for the purpose of refereeing or supervising. The DIY sports include cricket, badminton, Frisbee and many different ball games which are always a hit with the kids. You're even welcome to invent your own sport – now there's a challenge!

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