Fun stuff and practical stuff
We get asked quite a lot what Deer Shed provides for the peace and well-being of our under 5 audience. So here goes...
Meadow Sensory Tent
There is so much going on at the Deer Shed Festival that sometimes you might need a little retreat from the bustling arena. Imagine the most serene scene you possibly can, and you might arrive at a place nearly as relaxing as our Meadow Sensory Tent. Here, you can take part in some yoga or just put your feet up while the young people play with many sensory delights!
Teeny Beans Tent
We're over the moon that the Teeny Beans tent will be back for the festival's eighth incarnation. This tent will provide quality sessions for young children and their parents, hosting a parent and baby yoga class, junk modelling, pipe cleaner pet-making, colouring sheets, collage making, sensory play, messy play and much more!
NCT (National Childbirth Trust)
#DeerShed8 will see the welcome return of NCT. They will have a dedicated NCT tent clearly marked onsite located in our Obelisk area that will cater for a variety of your welfare needs, particularly for parents with younger children.
Boom Chikka Boom Baby Rave
Into their 5th year of hosting some of the country's most exciting and innovative family events, Boom Chikka Boom, formally known as Baby Rave North, will be joining us once again for some raving at #DeerShed8. Expect good music, bubbles galore, pompoms, movers, parachute fun, a snow machine and good vibes for the babies and anyone else in the family who feels like shaking the room.
Festivals have quite the label for being a little bit on the grubby side. Not at Deer Shed! On top of our reputation for having the cleanest loos in the land, NCT also kindly provide easily accessible baths so the small people stay squeaky clean!
Eight tons of play sand undercover and exclusively reserved for our younger audience. Build a monster, a castle, or anything else the sand and your imagination will allow. One toddler was once so excited their sandcastle stood up unaided that they did an impromptu victory dance - awesome! We're very pro-impromptu victory dances at the Deer Shed Festival!
You know what you're going to get with a soft play area: fun slides, cubes, and other shapes for the little ones to spend hours of fun playing on. Sometimes we wonder if we should give up with the bands and comedy and simply host a giant soft play area festival!
Yes, #DeerShed8 will host some of the best street food vendors mankind has ever tasted, but try giving a korma from Ghandi’s Flip-Flop or a falafel burger from The Green Canteen to a 1-year old – not ideal! We will offer an abundance of microwaves so you can keep the tots well fed with food that suits them best.
Bottle Sterilising Facilities
As parents ourselves, we know how important it is to have peace of mind when feeding your baby. That’s why #DeerShed8 will provide bottle sterilising facilities: to ensure no bugs can make their way into any tummies.
Babies can be just a little bit demanding, right? Often if they're not sat in their high chair thrones, they’ll kick up a fuss or make more of a mess. Worry not: babies are treated like royalty at the Deer Shed Festival and no little prince or princess that wants one will be without a high chair!
Picture the scene: you and the family are at the main stage, all moving and shaking to The Divine Comedy, when suddenly an unsavoury smell emanates from the little one's nappy. Luckily, our changing area is always just around the corner and you'll likely be back in time to hear National Express – how's that for a crowd pleaser?
If you're going to have to change a nappy, it would be a total nightmare realising you'd left the new ones in the car or, worse, at home. We’ll always have you and your baby covered with eco-friendly nappies for sale both in the arena and the campsite.
Mobile Sling Hire
There's so much on offer at #DeerShed8 that you might have to undertake some light walking. Of course, this can quite quickly become heavy walking if you have your hands full with one or more children. Parent Deer Shedders can therefore hire mobile slings from NCT to make your festival experience as easy on the arms and legs as possible.
Hoglets storytelling and drama classes are jam packed with fun stories, songs and games aimed specifically at your little folks. It’s lovely to explore the festival with your kids, but if you ever want a break from the constant adventure, Hoglets will be on hand to engage them with their many artsy activities.
In addition to what we reckon could be our best ever literary and spoken word line-up, we have a whole host of skilled story tellers to amaze both youngsters and parents. Mud Pie, Hoglets, A Thoughtful Place To Be, Pip Theatre, Lorna Mallet and many more will be presenting a host of magical tales for all ages.
Little ones can use hands, feet, sponges, giant stampers and even vegetables to make amazing paint-y creations. We will have a mixture of safe poster paints and food-based paints for the babies who just want to eat everything! Big sheets of paper on the floor make it easy for babies and toddlers to use their whole bodies and become immersed in the painting.
It's difficult when you have a little'un to find the time, energy and motivation to exercise. But what if there were a way to exercise, not just in the company of your child, but actually using them? Spoiler: there is! We are introducing buggy core fitness to the #DeerShed8 sports arena, which is exactly what it sounds like: improving your core fitness... with a buggy.
Parent and toddler yoga
Enjoy all the benefits of Yoga with the whole family. Babies all the way through to grans and grandads are welcome to join this inclusive introductory yoga session which will be provide fun for all the family, led by Go Yoga from Harrogate.
This drop-in workshop gives little ones chance to shake, rattle, and bang to their heart's content. Including rhymes, songs, and a variety of instruments, this is the magical, musical moment every under-5 has been looking for.
It isn't just older people that like to relax with a nice massage. Baby massages can really help chill out any stressed out baby, which will of course help to relax any stressed out parent along the way!
Baby toddler signing
Babies and toddlers understand a lot more than we give them credit for, but are often held back by their physical inability to talk. However, their ability to use their hands to gesture or form signs can enable them to communicate their needs or thoughts much sooner. Flutter Babies will run a baby signing session, using standardised signs based on BSL to babies and toddlers the basic signs relevant to their daily routines, enabling them to express their needs or thoughts. Suitable for babies from around 5 months to 20 months.