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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!

Jane Fonda Aerobics

Jane Fonda Aerobics

Taking influence from those iconic Jane Fonda aerobics videos of the 1980s, the Deer Shed aerobics instructors will be on hand all weekend in the sports field to whip you into shape with their boom boxes and neon Lycra. Festivals aren’t always about getting trollied and watching bands, you know? Well, they almost always are, but this is a great fitness break from the festival fun.

Fortnite

Initiation Squad

Continuing our tactic this year of using the power of Fortnite against the kids to further our own agendas, what better way to incentivise the square-eyed little ones to get active than creating a real life Fortnite Initiation Squad?! Test your skills on our Fortnite-inspired assault course and see if you’re fit for battle. After that, show us your best victory floss! The perfect way to get the avid gamer in your life enjoying their exercise.

Sock Wrestling

Sock Wrestling

Socks out – Round 1! For the second time, the Sock Wrestling Federation is bringing its 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!

Human Foosball

Human Foosball

You’ve probably played foosball, aka table football, before but I’m willing to bet you’ve never played human foosball. As you may have guessed already, human foosball is much the same as regular foosball, but the table is life-size and YOU take the place of those little wooden men. We’re busy constructing our own custom “table” from scratch. Get the ball in the opposition team’s net without breaking away from your pole – sounds simple, but this game is endless anarchic fun.

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…

Fencing

Fencing

En Garde! I don’t know about you, but I spent many a day air-fencing as a small kid, pretending to be the fourth musketeer. If you’d told me back then that sword fighting was actually allowed in some sporty circumstances, I’d have probably been the giddiest kid alive. Well, my dreams are finally coming true, with the introduction of fencing – actual sword fighting – at Deer Shed for the first time ever. “All for one and one for all” is a nice motto and all, but we’ll teach you to be the number one master of the sabre in no time!

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!

Rabble

Rabble Old School Games

We all remember playing those old school games in the playground with mates. Classics like capture the flag, jailbreak, dodgeball and British Bulldog (apparently banned from certain school playgrounds nowadays, but not in Baldersby Park) gave us all endless fun, without the need for any expensive kit or equipment. As well as these games we’ll have stuck in the mud (where being tagged results in being temporarily frozen – or ‘stuck in the mud’) and hand hockey (rather self-explanatory, we reckon). Rabble will be on hand as old school games coaches and referees across the weekend.

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.

Gladiators

Gladiators

‘90s television. Some of it was admittedly terrible, but some of it was glorious. Gladiators, I’m controversially inclined to think, falls into the latter category. ITV’s superstar cast of beefy people trying to knock each other off their podiums with foam joust poles. Genius… right?! Ok, maybe not genius, but no doubt great for a good laugh. We’ll be recreating the Gladiators podiums and joust poles in the sports arena, so you lot can revisit the glory days of ‘90s!

'90s Hula Hoop Extravaganza

'90s Hula Hoop Extravaganza

Our '90s Hula Hoop Extravaganza is rather like standard Hula Hooping, with a twist of the 1990s. Our sports arena DJs will be spinning classic hits from, depending on who you talk to, one of the best or one of the worst decades of the twentieth century. Bring your flannel shirts and denim jackets – we’ll bring the Britney.

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!

Girl Skate UK

Girl Skate UK

We know that certain industries and scenes have historically neglected the improtance of breaking down barriers presented to women who want to pursue a career or even simply wanting to join in on the fun. Much emphasis is currently being placed on increasing the amount of female representation on festival line-ups, which we have been passionately behind since establishing Deer Shed. Girl Skate UK is a community platform which celebrates the achievements of women in the skating world, whilst spreading the vital message that skating is for everyone.

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.

Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough FC

Continuing our longstanding partnership with Middlesbrough FC, their professional coaches will run football training sessions on the sports field. Whatever your skill level, this is your chance to learn from the club that launched England manager Gareth Southgate’s playing and coaching career! The MFC 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?

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.

Boccia

Boccia

Boccia was originally pioneered as an accessible sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. Players propel balls to land close to a target ball, either by kicking, throwing or rolling. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team of three over a set number of ends. Each side has six balls at each end to try and score points, which are accumulated over the course of a match to find a winner. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, regardless of your skill level.

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

Thirsk Falcons FC

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. Thirsk Falcons FC are returning to the lush sports fields of Queen Mary's School. The local 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 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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