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Our Sports Arena is always a big hit and we are determined to build on it's success with loads more activities for 2018, some you'll have heard of and some we have made up!

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Perhaps the most exciting addition to Deer Shed’s infrastructure under 2018’s making waves theme. Other than the hot tubs, that is! Grab your oars and head out on to the Baldersby Park Lake. 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. The rapids await!

Draughtboxing

Draughtboxing

Another completely original game developed by the clever sporty types on the Deer Shed team. Draughtboxing is a hybrid of fighting sports and board games that combines the two traditional pastimes of boxing and draughts. Ok, you know we don’t like fighting. We’re actually a bunch of peace-loving hippies so we’re pulling those punches. But playing draughts with boxing gloves on? Now there’s a challenge.

Strokes Of Genius Crazy Golf

Strokes Of Genius Crazy Golf

This year sees Teesside University Graphic Design students have interpreted our making waves theme in a most unusual manner, whilst taking creative upcycling to the extreme. Why not get into to the swing of things on their unique 6-hole crazy golf course, a challenge par excellence. Got a case of putter fingers or will you have the Strokes of Genius? FORE… you and all the family! We hope you won’t be putt off by our crazy course…

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire has a proud, longstanding tradition of cricket fanaticism. As does the Deer Shed Festival! Last year we invited Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and The Duckworth Lewis Method fame if he’d like to join in on our game of Divine Cricket, but he unfortunately passed on the opportunity. Something about having a huge headline set to prepare for. This year the Yorkshire County Cricket Club will be on hand to teach you all the best spins, hits and tricks. None of that ball tampering though!

Plogging

Plogging

Plogging is a Swedish fitness craze for those ecologically minded types who want to save the world whilst working out. The term ‘plogging’ is a mash-up (or portmanteau if you want to be really clever) of jogging and the Swedish phrase “plocka upp”, meaning “to pick up”. In this case, litter! Baldersby Park may be the cleanest festival site in all the land, but it’s all about working a mind-set of recycling into your daily routine.

The Works – skate board, BMX, scooter

The Works – skate board, BMX, scooter

We may have just claimed that being proficient at parkour is the coolest sport in the world, but we clearly didn’t consider skateboarding, scootering and BMX-ing. The Works urban sports team will be making the short trip up the A1 to Baldersby Park from Leeds to test your skills (and theirs) on the Deer Shed half pipe all weekend, upgraded for 2018. Eat your heart out, Tony Hawk!

VX

VX

So what exactly is VX? In the words of the BBC, it’s “the best sport you’ve never heard of”. And it was developed in right here in North Yorkshire! It really is the simplest sport around: no goals, no zones and no markings. The targets are, well… you! Each player carries a double-ended thrower-catcher and points are scored by hitting opponents with balls or catching an opponent’s throw. Take a little bit of lacrosse, a pinch of pelota, a dash of dodgeball and a hint of hockey, and you’re close to the ultimate VX-perience!

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.

Quidditch

Quidditch

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 #DeerShed8 we have teamed up with Derby Union Quidditch Club 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!

Wrong Pong

Wrong Pong

Down the years, Deer Shedders have loved picking up a bat to play ping pong in the sports arena. Last year, though, we pushed the boundaries to introduce wrong pong! 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.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

We know this is a little unorthodox, but Deer Shed Festival has never been one to play it safe. At Deer Shed 8, we had rugby golf. For Deer Shed 9, we’re pioneering another leftfield type of golf, disc golf, a game in which a concave plastic disc is thrown into each of a series of metal baskets on an outdoor course, the object being to complete the course using the fewest possible throws.

Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets

Ahoy there, sailors! Think you’ve got what it takes to be a sea cadet? At Deer Shed 9, we’ll put that unfounded confidence in your own maritime mad skills to the test. You’ll be embark on a totally true-to-life journey, without an ounce of silliness, through the ranks right up to becoming captain of the ship. Could you defend your fleet from the murderous, bloodthirsty smugglers attacking from the Yorkshire coast? All hands on deck, Deer Shedders!

Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough FC

We’re once again teaming up with Middlesbrough FC's MFC Foundation, who will run training sessions held by their professional coaches. Two previous Middlesbrough coaches have progressed on to become England manager in the last eleven years, including the current incumbent of this post, Gareth Southgate. That really says something about the calibre and pedigree of football coaching the Championship club can offer to Deer Shedders! The Foundation is dedicated to raising aspirations across Teesside and beyond by engaging with over 35,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds.

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?

Sock Wrestling

Sock Wrestling

Socks out – Round 1! For the first time in history, the Sock Wrestling Federation is bringing their number one cotton-based combat sport to North Yorkshire. SWF is the latest revolution in the wrestling world, with the simple aim of removing your opponent’s sock. Have a family dispute that needs sorting? No vendetta is too big to be resolved on the mat! Their commentators, on top of being simply hilarious, will talk impromptu tactics, inspiring you to take your garment game to the next level. Ding ding ding!/p>

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.

Slacklining

Slacklining

Can you imagine a distant alien race gazing down on Earth from outer space to see some of the crazy pursuits us humans partake in? This sport would probably count as one of those pursuits. Slacklining: a haulage strap ratcheted between two trees or some other fixed object for person after person to regularly and unwaveringly fall off in comical fashion. Oops, sorry – we mean for person after person to regularly balance on. Mwahaha... foolish Earthlings.

Tchoukball

Tchoukball

Tchoukbal was originally developed as a warm up activity for the Swiss national handball team. Little did they realise, they had created a whole new sport that now has its own international competitions. The point of the game is to avoid conflicts with other players. During the course of the game the players are not permitted to: interfere with opponents; intercept a pass; interfere with the ball carrier or block any shots. The defending team instead positions themselves to defend the ball against the Tchouk!

Wilderwild Run

Wilderwild Run

There really is no better feeling than striding through the fields of Baldersby Park; the wind blowing through your hair as you are cheered across the finish line by family and friends. This year we are offering both a 3k and a 6k track so you can test yourself a little more if you 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

Thirsk Falcons FC

Fancy yourself as having the skills of Messi, the eye for goal of Ronaldo, or even the cat-like reflexes of De Gea? As well as our truly wacky sports, we’ll present some good old fashioned football, the nation's favourite game. Thirsk Falcons FC are returning to the lush, green sports fields of Queen Mary's School, who have kindly leant us such a facility. The club will 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!

Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hippos

Quite a scary hippo that, but there will be no live hippos onsite - just our take on the frantic MB game, this hungry hippos is played with four children, four adults, four boards, four washing up bowls and loads of those 'ball pool' balls. We think you can imagine how it works, highly competitive and great fun. (The boards are also very useful for moving pianos!)

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 badminton, Frisbee, many different ball games and even hungry hippos, which is always a hit with the kids. You're even welcome to invent your own sport – now there's a challenge!

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