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Fireside sessions

Fireside sessions

Late nights activities at other festivals can be a little too messy. At Deer Shed, you can let loose at the silent disco until the wee hours, but we know some people prefer a more tranquil end to the day. That’s why we ask a selection of our favourite acoustic artists to perform a special late night session by the fireside after the Main Stage headliners finish. Gather around the fire to hear songs from George Quinn, Niki Stevens, and none other than John Bramwell, frontman of the iconic Manchester band, I Am Kloot. Who knows, if you’re lucky, we might even hear some Kloot classics….

Coracles

Coracles

Ever wanted to paddle along a river in what looks like half a giant coconut shell? No, me neither, but it does sound like rafts of fun now I’m thinking about it! The float in question is called a coracle: a woven basketwork frame made from locally foraged wood or sawn laths, covered originally by an animal hide, lashed on with plaited animal hair (don’t worry, - ours are a bit less barbaric). Learn about the long history of the coracle, spanning many thousands of years, evidenced by cave paintings of their use from the early Bronze Age and perhaps as far back as the Ice Age. The coracle is thought to be the first form of water transportation.

RSPB Nature Walks

RSPB Nature Walks

The Wilderwild and its surrounding areas are full of nature. What better way to connect with it than joining RSPB on a walk through the magical woodlands? Their experts will guide you on a journey to discover the beautiful flora and fauna of the Baldersby Park forests. Though it goes without saying that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are predominantly interested in winged creatures, they will also provide information on other animals, insects and foliage throughout their nature walks.

Rugged Outdoors: Whittling

Rugged Outdoors: Whittling

Whittling is a great activity to get involved in and can lead onto many skills, such as carving. On the flip side, though, you must be aware of the safety aspects of using a knife. Learn the basics of whittling by carving your very own tent peg – a life saver if you leave your actual tent pegs at home. Once you’ve carved your wooden tent peg, the world of whittling will become your oyster!

Rugged Outdoors: Natural Cordage

Rugged Outdoors: Natural Cordage

How long’s a piece of string? The most sensible answer we have come up with to that question is, “as long as it states it is on the packaging”. What happens, though, when you’re in the middle of a dense forest and the packet of string you very sensibly brought along runs out? Those sticks aren’t going to tie themselves together! Thankfully, Rugged Outdoors will be showing you how to make 100% natural cordage using nettles and brambles.

Rugged Outdoors: Fire Lighting

Rugged Outdoors: Fire Lighting

Have you ever wondered how great explorers, adventurers and survivors on television and film spark a spontaneous fire from a thistle, a flint, or any other random thing you can find on the wild floor? You never know when you might need to light a fire out in The Wilderwild, and Kindlewoods will ensure you are never stuck for improvised fuel.

Rugged Outdoors: Wild Kitchen

Rugged Outdoors: Wild Kitchen

We all know that cooking our in the open world with an open fire can produce some of the most delicious food you’re ever likely to taste. Rugged Outdoors’ wild chefs will give a cooking master class, teaching you how to make Bannock, a staple bush-craft meal. Bannock is a variety of flatbread, cooked from grain, which is both delicious and nutritious!

Rugged Outdoors: Navigation skills

Rugged Outdoors: Navigation skills

In the age of mobile GPS being available at our fingertips on mobile phones, the importance of the art of navigation has been neglected. So much so that many neuroscientists now believe that Google Maps, and other sat-nav tech, is having a negative effect on our brains: people who navigate manually with maps, memory and compasses are on the whole exercising their brains far more. Join our expert adventurers Rugged Outdoors to revive the fading art of orienteering, so you never get lost while out and about.

Rugged Outdoors: Staff Making

Rugged Outdoors: Staff Making

No, we’re not talking about the type of staff Gandalf carries around (although that would also be pretty cool). A walking staff is one of the simplest tools an adventurer can learn to make and carry around, and it can also be a total life saver. You can make the staff your own by personalising it with many different cool features, to make you the envy of the bush-crafting world.

Stone Carving

Stone Carving

Ever wondered how stonemasons manage to carve such beautiful works of art into one of the hardest substances known to man? Lucky you’re coming to Deer Shed, so we can show you! Dummy mallets and tungsten chisels will become your new favorite tools, especially when you master the tippy-tappy rhythms of stone carving. Carve your design into your own unique stone, with step by step expert tuition to help you along the way.

Magic Wands

Magic Wands

Sprinkle a little magic dust over your festival weekend by visiting Amerton Arts Studio in The Wilderwild. Using ancient carpentry tools – a shave horse and a spoke shave – together with traditional carpentry techniques passed down through the generations and honed over hundreds of years, you can build your very own wooden magic wand fit for the very best witches and wizards.

Claude Frere-Smith Pottery

Claude Frere-Smith Pottery

Remember that scene in Ghost? This workshop is a lot like that, but with fewer hunky ghosts and more serious pottery work! Join potters Claude and Ian to have a go at making your own unique piece of pottery, using a traditional potter’s kick wheel. It’s great fun, educational and you’ll even get to take what you make home with you.

The Woodland Trust: Butterfly Feeders

The Woodland Trust: Butterfly Feeders

Spring is officially here (although snow in April isn’t completely out of the question after last year – gulp). That means nature is about to truly come to life. Embrace the springtime by designing your very own butterfly feeder from paper plates to take home and place in your garden. Your garden will be in full bloom as the go-to place for every butterfly, and you’ll be the envy of the neighbourhood!

The Woodland Trust: Leaf Mobiles

The Woodland Trust: Leaf Mobiles

We’re continuing our war on plastics with The Woodland Trust! If the kids love a mobile hanging above their heads whilst they sleep, there’s no better option than going completely natural. Forage for sticks and leaves with us in The Wilderwild before making your very own natural leaf mobile.

The Woodland Trust: Journey Sticks

The Woodland Trust: Journey Sticks

A journey stick is a special way of remembering and telling the story of each journey you embark on. To make sure you remember everything about your Wilderwild adventure, choose the colour of string or wool that represents how you feel best and wrap it around. The biggest adventures require a huge stick, while the smaller, but equally special, adventures require a shorter one. Can you find any decorative foliage that represents your mood? In years to come, your journey stick will tell your personal story of Deer Shed 10.

The Woodland Trust: Bug Box making

The Woodland Trust: Bug Box making

Bugs are friends, not foes! Seriously: bugs are a fundamental aspects of our eco-system and food chain and, without many of them, the human race quite simply wouldn’t be able to survive. Using recycled materials, this workshop will allow you to say a big thanks to our creepy crawly friends by creating the amazing homes they deserve. Bug boxes are great for studying little critters and sparking an interest in wildlife from a very young age.

Fairy School

Fairy School

Have you ever wondered about the fairy world? Is it a real place? What does it look like? Where do the fairies live and what do they get up to? Join head fairy Fern Moonray on an enchanting discovery of the world of the Fae. Awaken your very own fairy dreams by attending a real life Fairy School, make your own wand and fairy door, add a wish to the Fairy Wishing Tree and become a BFFF - Best Fairy Friend Forever!

Sloemotion Gin Tasteshop

Sloemotion Gin Tasteshop

You’d be hard pressed to find any grownups in Baldersby Park who would say no to supping some free gin - particularly when that gin is distilled by our favourite purveyors of fine juniper juice, Sloemotion. Their team invite you to drop by their Hedgerow Bar in the Wilderwild and inside their famous Deer Shed Cocktail Tipi to learn more about distilling, their efforts to reduce waste in their cocktail creations and to take part in an informal tasting workshop on all things gin and sloe!

Blacksmith Experience

Blacksmith Experience

Come and experience the magic of transformation. Take a piece of unyielding scrap metal and with the intense heat of the fire and, with the power of your hammer, shape it on the Anvil into any number of useful creations. This workshop delights in the traditions of our tools and crafts: a hand cranked forge, local charcoal fuel and the pure strength of your arm are all that will be used during this workshop.

Nature’s Playground

Nature’s Playground

Seeing a playground or climbing frame seems to trigger some natural instinct in many kids to go absolutely wild jumping, running and swinging all over them. Spaces for kids to socialise, exercise and just have fun are seriously important and, in our opinion, there should be many more popping up everywhere. Don’t be silly, you can’t just “pop up” a playground, I hear you say. Well, the normal rules of society don’t apply in the Wilderwild. Use our masses of recovered wood, plus other natural bits and bobs, to build your own dream playground at Deer Shed 10.

Manic Chord Theatre – The Unknown

Manic Chord Theatre – The Unknown

Inspired by 'E.T.' & 'Stranger Things', we've teamed up with Manic Chord Theatre for the second year running to produce an Arts Council England-funded extra-terrestrial family adventure, The Unknown. The show will be premiered in The Wilderwild at Deer Shed Festival 10 before Manic Chord take it on tour around the North. Parents and their children will be transported to another world. The question is: will they ever return?

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.

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.

Kayaks

Kayaks

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…

Natural Spa Products

Natural Spa Products

Some soap companies are great and do place emphasis on sustainable products. Others, we think, need to up their game. Show them how it’s done by creating your own sustainable soap hand scrub, luxury bath salts, room sprays, face masks, roller ball blends and more using all natural ingredients. There will be different essential oils to choose from and expert guidance on what different oils work best for each product.

Concrete Plant Pots

Concrete Plant Pots

There’s no need to head to one of those posh garden centres when you have a ticket to Deer Shed 10. Instead of forking out loads of dosh on one measly plant pot, you can learn how to mix and pour concrete to make your very own plant pots! Once the concrete mix has set, you can decorate them in a variety of different ways. Once you've decorated it in your own unique way, we’ll even let you pot it up with small succulents, rock plants and moss.

Metal Stamped Jewellery

Metal Stamped Jewellery

Another amazing cost saver! Create your own one-of-a-kind, personalised metal stamp jewellery or keyring with a wide variety of fonts and images to choose from. Yes, Swarovski is of course our usual jewellery of choice (thanks for asking), but nothing beats wearing something that has been made with love from someone special – even if it’s a gift to yourself! Create a piece on aluminium, copper, brass or pewter with the exact wording of your choice.

Kite Making

Kite Making

Festivals are all about going with the wind and enjoying yourself in a totally carefree way. What better symbol of that experience than a kite soaring high above Baldersby Park? Craft Locker will help you to fashion your own kite, before releasing it into the wild blue yonder.

Bean Creative: Felt accessories

Bean Creative: Felt accessories

The Wilderwild is the perfect environment for all you festival goers to take some time out and make you own funky felt accessory. Bean Creative will show you how to get hands on with wool fibres to make your own colourful, wet felted decoration for your wrist, hair or anywhere you like! You’ll be the envy of all your friends, especially when they find out you made the accessories yourself.

Bean Creative: Copper rings

Bean Creative: Copper rings

With Bean Creative to guide you, there is a lovely opportunity to try something a little different by making your own unique, recycled copper pipe ring made from old plumbing parts. Inspired by the trees around you, you’ll hammer, texture, file and polish to produce a beautiful piece that is the perfect piece of festival jewellery!

Light Wands

Light Wands

Light Wands clearly have great use when the sun goes down in the Wilderwild. The best use for them, though, might just be down at the Main Stage where you can all wave them around to create quite the spectacle in the audience to impress none other than Anna Calvi looking out at the Deer Shed crowd. And it makes obsolete those cheap, nasty, plastic light wands too! Everyone’s a winner.

Learn the Ropes

Learn the Ropes

The twisting of sinews or fibres into rope and cordage is one of the oldest arts we know. The invention was without a doubt the most ingenious idea ancient mankind had: taking weak, short pieces of fibrous material and twisting them into strong extended lengths of rope which had endless uses. Join Ripon Ropesmiths in the Wilderwild to learn the ancient, but ever so useful, art of rope making.

Pole Lathe Turning

Pole Lathe Turning

A pole lathe is a wood turning lathe in a treadle, used to power many machines before the invention of electricity. There’s no electrical hook up in the Wilderwild, so we’ll be transporting you back in time to learn the ancient art of pole lathe turning. Although the actual origin of the pole lathe is lost in antiquity, thanks to those clever archaeology bods at the nearby Jórvík dig sites right here in Yorkshire, we know that they were used by Viking settlers.

Woodland Gallery

Woodland Gallery

Your mum and dad might have dragged you around many a high-brow art gallery whilst you trudged along next to them, not really all that interested. Sometimes all you need is just a change of scenery to make something that bit more exciting. For Deer Shed 10, we’re building our own Woodland Gallery in The Wilderwild, an exhibition of unique art pieces that connect to the nature surrounding Baldersby Park in different ways.

Feral Arts – Light Field

Feral Arts – Light Field

Visually and sonically captivating, Light Field is an off-grid, participatory installation made of light, people and the sound of light. A field of glowing beacons and sound-emitting lanterns await activation. A multi-part sound-score is gently amplified through kinetically powered lanterns, inviting audiences to both become part of and to alter the ambient art. Simple choreographic instructions open unlimited possibilities for movement and play in this magical light installation.

Campfire Stories with Grandad

Campfire Stories with Grandad

We all know the minds of the older generation are full of amazing stories, if you just give them the chance to tell them. Well, in a change from our usual storytellers, we’ve invited the Deer Shed grandparents to come along to the festival and tell some of their best stories by the fireside. There’s no better place to Learn from the wisdom of elders than in The Wilderwild.

Busking with The Laurelles

Busking with The Laurelles

One of Thirsk’s fastest emerging bands will perform a special set in the Wilderwild. Comprised of Aidan Tulloch, a young piano and violin prodigy with BBC composing credits already to his name, and Luke Coupland, a deft guitarist and skilled songwriter. If you follow the music to the woods, you might just discover the future of North Yorkshire music!

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