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Deer Shed Festival 9 - Making Waves

It seems this year’s music line-up – featuring Goldfrapp, Drenge, Field Music, Public Service Broadcasting, Gaz Coombes, Joan As Police Woman, This Is The Kit and Nadine Shah among many others – has made quite the splash. Now, allow us to tell you about our theme for 2018...

From ripples to rolling tides, rapids to meandering rivers, waves come in all different shapes, sizes, frequencies and guises. Some take us sailing away, and then there’s the waves from our five live music stages that get your limbs swaying to their funky vibrations.

Whether you want to surf, slide, swim, discover the creatures of the deep or just dip your toes, we’re on your wavelength. Deer Shed Festival 9 – Making Waves.

Life’s a wave. Get ready to catch it xx


Ticket price increase at the end of June!

Save money on your festival tickets. Tier 3 adult tickets will only be available in June, as we hit July adult ticket prices will go up by £10 as we hit tier 4.

If you plan to come to Deer Shed this year, now is probably a good time to sort it out ;)


Some nice reviews of Deer Shed.

"This is a very big statement to make but I think that Deer Shed Festival could quite possibly be the best family festival in the UK."
Festivals For All read full review.

"Deer Shed: The Ultimate Family Festival. A bold statement in the title, but one richly deserved and let me explain why"
Subba Cultcha read full review.

"Deer Shed isn't just a marvellous festival, but THE one to attend for families and people of all ages, sitting several notches above its northern festival counterparts."
Efestivals read full review.

"Right. Let’s get something straight right from the start. Deer Shed 2016 was essentially perfect: a wondrous box of delights for young, middle and old alike."
There Goes The Fear read full review.

"Just like an old friend, Deer Shed still remains reassuringly familiar, rewarding and an absolute pleasure to be around."
God Is In The TV read full review.

And most importantly what you guys thought.

Check out our new game

Make waves ahead of the UK’s ultimate family friendly music, arts and science festival with this tap-to-play arcade game!

Featuring music from bands on the Deer Shed Festival 9 line-up, this is your chance to test your skills before entering our science tent tournament on the big screen in Baldersby Park.


Announcements coming thick and fast over the next few months...


The best contemporary music from the UK and beyond. Discover your new fave band.

We are starting to announce bands for 2018. Click here.


Booking great PG rated comedy is hard, but we get it right most of the time!

Click here for our 2018 comedy so far...


We drag our kids round the best shows from Edinburgh Festival, so you don't have to!

Click here for our 2018 shows so far...


Take stuff to bits, forensics, soldering, music production with emphasis on FUN!

Click here for our 2018 science programme!


BMXing, slacklining, tree climbing, footie, swingball, wild running, wrong pong...

Click here for 2018 sporty stuff.

Spoken Word

The Guardian's Dave Simpson chats to the great and the good of the music world and beyond.

Click here for our 2018 programme!


Curated by Katherine Stanton, our own book club, but without the cheesy nibbles.

Check out 2018 here.


Loads of crafty, relaxing, energetic and arty workshops to take part in at Deer Shed in July, and all FREE to boot :)

Check out 2018 workshops.

Under 5s

Ways in which we look after and entertain your under 5s!

Click here for 2018 Under 5s.


Worried about your kids not getting out much?

Click here for Wilderwild programme.


We are not well, how about you?

Click here to step onto the road to recovery!


From Arthouse to sing-along-a-Tangled, your chance to downshift and relax.

Click here for our Cinema programme.


Some people come to festivals just for the food, this we understand and invite the best of the best.

Coming soon for 2018!!


If you came to DSF7 you will know that we shot a short film. It went well, phew, and many of our audience took starring roles. The film is now finished. We welcome you to a whole new vision of parenting :)


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Hot tubs

Hot tubs are coming to Deer Shed 07.12.2017

Atop the rolling hills of Baldersby Park sit our brand new wood fired hot tubs, waiting for you, your family & friends (or just you – we won’t judge) to sit back, sip some prosecco and submerge yourselves in total tranquillity.

Book onsite over the weekend!!

Love Deer Shed Ambassador Scheme

Come for free? Join our Love Deer Shed Ambassador Scheme!!

If you already rave about Deer Shed to your friends and family why not be rewarded for your enthusiasm and join our ambassador scheme!

In a nutshell, for every 8 adult tickets you sell on our behalf we will give you a FREE adult ticket plus there are all sorts of other rewards to earn!

And if you have your ticket already or if you are keen to volunteer you can still benefit by gifting your FREE ticket to a friend.

Check out our Ambassador page for all the detail!!

Our take on the family friendly music festival thing.

We might rant on a bit here, sorry.

If you go and watch a Pixar movie with your children, everyone has a great time. Not just your kids, EVERYBODY!!! We strive for this holy-grail every year.

We don't have kid's areas as such, they're not zoo animals! The whole site is accessible to everyone and we will welcome you as though you were our house guests, which you essentially are.

But we are a cultural event too and you will be exposed to many new things. We like new things. You might be challenged by some of them, but we want every family member to leave Baldersby Park inspired, if that's ok.

And finally, our music line-up, hitting you through extremely high fidelity PA systems will be as thrilling and contemporary as you will find at any UK festival in 2017 - it's just that you can share that thrill with your kids and feel perfectly safe at the same time.

Oh, and if you don't have kids to bring, that's fine too xx

Other gubbins


Baldersby Park is a lovely place to camp and making sure that you have plenty of space is always a top priority, even if it means shuffling things about a bit.


Bring your own tent, bring your campervan or caravan or choose from one of our glamping options.


Volunteer for 8 hours over the festival weekend and get an adult ticket for FREE!! Find out all the details on our volunteering page.

What to expect

A few ways that Deer Shed differs from other festival formats.

What happened to the long goodbye?

Deer Shed started, way back when as a one day festival. The Wedding Present played, you went to sleep and then pottered home. Because we didn't screw up that first edition too badly we have over the years grown in size and duration.

These days you can arrive onsite from 10am on Friday morning onwards and there is plenty on to entertain you all until the arena really gets going around 4pm. Then you sleep, Saturday is mad frantic, you sleep again and then Sunday at Deer Shed is a little different from other festivals...

Our Sunday main stage headliner plays around 4pm and for many of our audience especially those with small kids this is the perfect festival length. This is how Deer Shed was for many years, we called it the 'long goodbye' (which sounds a bit pompous now!). Then some of you didn't want to leave so we introduced an optional Sunday night camping over ticket. SO if you want to stay over until Monday morning you can for a modest fee.

Sunday night is a hoot, especially for all the Deer Shed staff who tend to cut loose - a party to end all parties and you are welcome to join us :)

Our history

Various themes and lineups from over the years. The theme for DSF1 was 'OMG we're having a festival' and consequently we can't find the artwork :)


Our friends

Folks that we are proud to be associated with.

Association Of Independent Festivals

The Association Of Independent Festivals is essentially a trade body for the best of the UK's independent festival sector as well as the source of most excellent gossip.


Candlelighters is a charity bringing light and hope to the families of children suffering from cancer. They are our festival charity with over £2500 of donations in 2016.


Founded by waste management professionals to share practical and low-cost sustainability solutions with communities in low-income countries, WasteAid is a charity that spreads recycling around the world, creating jobs and stopping plastic reaching the oceans.

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. We work closely with them to improve our accessibility.


Our charity for 2017, SASH prevents young people from becoming homeless by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer. Their ambition is that those we help never have to experience homelessness again and are able to lead successful, independent lives.


Like us, IVE believe creativity is king. They aim to inspire a more creative society by supporting the development of kids, educators and businesses. The good eggs at IVE also offer the opportunity for young Deer Shedders to achieve the Arts Award through the festival’s 120+ workshops.

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