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.

Deer Shed Festival 6 early bird tickets

Whilst we have not yet fixed prices for DSF6, early bird tickets will go on sale at 10am on October 10th. The dates for next year's festival are 24 - 26 July 2015, essentially the first weekend of the school summer holidays like this year.

Last year's early bird tickets did sell out within a couple of hours so be quick, but tier 1 tickets will be available when the early birds have gone.

Let's all go shopping

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

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 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


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

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 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.

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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.